Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
FREDDIE MERCURY

Elaborated. Extroversion. Extravagant. Freddie Mercury is without a doubt the most self performers in rock history: How a Galan stalked the egomaniac majestically above the stage and flirted with the audience. The image, Mercury remains with highly stretched fist and spread-step on the stage, has burned forever in the collective memory. The frontman of the British rock band Queen was an iridescent bird of paradise, as it has not before and after given him. The singer with the unmistakable falsetto has left Queen a gigantic oeuvre: albums like "A Night At The Opera", "News of the World", "Innuendo" or the posthumous mention "Made In Heaven", is to enumerate masterpieces ; Songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You", "Somebody To Love", "The Show Must Go On" and "We Are The Champions" to fully cite only one hand, belong to the canon of popular music of the 20 . century. Compared to the Queen solo work of Freddie Mercury may exempt fairly small, is also revealed in his multifaceted artistic personality. The year 2006 brings two observances that are reminiscent of Freddie Mercury: On September 5, the British rock singer would have turned 60 years old and on November 24, his death marks the 15th time. On this occasion, the album "The Very Best Of Freddie Mercury" and the double-DVD "Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs" that all video clips of his solo works and numerous interviews with next to a two-hour documentary on the life and work of the superstars appear witnesses and the last filmed interview with Freddie Mercury itself contains.

was born Farrokh Bulsara, so his actual name, on the East African island of Zanzibar. Most of his childhood was spent the son of a government official in India, where he visited the English boarding school St. Peter's. Even there, he received the nickname Freddie. At the age of seven years, the boy's musical talent was discovered and encouraged by piano lessons. He also distinguished himself at school in sports and also showed great artistic talent. 1964 attracted the Bulsaras by Middlesex in England. Here Freddie joined a blues band called Wreckage while he studied at Ealing College of Art graphic design. A study buddy made the singer with Roger Taylor and Brian May announced who had just founded a band called Smile. From Smile was Queen when Freddie joined as lead singer in the lineup. The last member of the band, which was to play for the next 20 years together, was the bassist John Deacon. The rest is rock history: EMI Records, the band quickly signed and in 1973 their debut album "Queen" was released, the beginning of one of the most spectacular and most consistent band careers of all time, the 1974 recorded its first top hit with "Killer Queen".

In 1975 the operatic sounding single "Bohemian Rhapsody", all for nine weeks topped the UK charts. This exceptional song in rock history was almost not published because it was too long and the style to unusual, but Freddie insisted and was sure that the piece would be played - it was a hit with great recognition value. Meanwhile, it became clear what had exceptional abilities Freddie: a voice with a remarkable, full three and a half octaves and registers a stage presence that helped Queen to her dazzling image. Very soon Queen were known far beyond the borders of Britain also: In Europe, Japan and the United States they triumphed at their concerts and climbed the charts; in the USA it acquired in 1979 with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" square one. What distinguished Queen also was undoubtedly democratic weighting of their creative output: Each of the four members wrote songs for the band, who led the charts. This uncommon compositional force, combined with the pursuit of a perfect sound, the notorious experiment, the penchant for theatricality and Freddie Mercury's superior performance qualities, Queen made so unique and groundbreaking for generations of bands.

Freddie Mercury, whether in latex or leather, bare-chested or in ermine, managed always to captivate his audience and entrain - regardless of how huge was the crowd of spectators. Not for nothing are Queen as founders of stadium rock, a reputation it strengthened by their Bravourleistung in South America, where in São Paolo, they played in front of 231,000 spectators and so lined up a world record. remained Unforgettable is her appearance in 1985 at Live Aid festival, where they stole all the other artists the show. But not enough to have Queen again and again honored as pioneers of pop videos. Their innovative clips were brave, if not exuberant visual adventure: Just think of "I Want To Break Free", in which the Quartett posing in woman costumes, to the opulent, from the silent film classic "Metropolis" inspired monumental clip "Radio Ga Ga cycled "or to the scandalous video for" Bicycle Race "in which five dozen stark naked women around Wembley Stadium. But in all that took Queen in attack, they preserved the style, size and persuasiveness - which was due to Mercury's charisma in the first place.

Parallel to his career with Queen walked Freddie Mercury from the mid-eighties a solo career. In 1983 he booked the Musicland Studios in Munich, where he made with producer Reinhold Mack first recording his solo debut album "Mr. Bad Guy", which was published in 1985 and managed to Ten in the British Top. His first single under his own name, "Love Kills" was already published the previous year, recorded for Giorgio Moroder soundtrack for color version of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis". The exclusively edited compilation "The Best Of Freddie Mercury" contains original songs from Mercury's debut album, some remixes, some of "Foolin 'Around" and "Living On My Own". Also included is the book published in 1986 "Time", a collaboration with Dave Clark for his eponymous musical. Bright and quite self-deprecating and Freddie Mercury's cover version of "The Great Pretender" was (The Platters celebrated with this song in 1955 their first worldwide number-one hit). In the elaborate video clip Mercury below a giant staircase down, flanked by a vast number of life-size Pappkopien of himself. The magnificent ballad catapulted the rock diva in 1987 once more into the British top five.

In the same year Freddie Mercury fulfilled a long-cherished wish and joined with the internationally celebrated opera diva Montserrat Caballé on Ku club of Ibiza. A few months later the title song of their joint album "Barcelona", a hymn to Senora Caballé hometown appeared. 1992 Song for the theme song of the Olympic Games of Barcelona was chosen and became that year the European top hit. The 1988 released album "Barcelona" was not such a great success granted, although Mercury and Caballé presented as voting tremendous team and the Queen singer his penchant for musical melodrama and his love for classical motifs lived out generously. "Guide Me Home" and "The Golden Boy" are highlights examples of male prima donna at the zenith of her work.

1990 Freddie Mercury went with Queen into the studio to record "Innuendo". Already at this time he was ravaged by his illness, but found the strength for one last common masterpiece with Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. Songs like "I'm Going Slightly Mad", "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" and "The Show Must Go On" pointed to the inevitable. On November 24, 1991 Freddies ended the fight against AIDS; only 24 hours earlier, he had publicly declared to suffer from this disease. The death of the most innovative and most recognizable ambassador of rock music, a true pioneer and regent the stage marked the end of an era. Freddie Mercury might have found in the entertainer Robbie Williams a worthy successor, its artistic heritage is still retained generations. The album "The Very Best Of Freddie Mercury" and the DVD "Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs" worthy again that man, the heavenly Muse kissed particularly intimate. Like his earthly existence have been too limited, his artistic output remains boundless.
july 2006

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