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Freddie Mercury

Mercury performing in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1977 with Queen
Born Farrokh Bulsara
(1946-09-05)5 September 1946
Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania)
Died 24 November 1991(1991-11-24) (aged 45)
Kensington, London, England
Cause of death Bronchopneumonia (brought on by AIDS)
Nationality British[1]
Other names Freddie Bulsara
Education St. Peter’s Boys School
Alma mater Isleworth Polytechnic College
Ealing Art College
Occupation

Singer-songwriter
record producer

Years active 1969–1991
Partner(s) Mary Austin (1970–76)
Jim Hutton (1985–91)
Musical career
Genres Rock
Instruments

Vocals
piano

Labels

Columbia
Polydor
EMI
Parlophone
Hollywood

Associated acts

Queen
Larry Lurex[2]
Ibex / Wreckage
Sour Milk Sea
Montserrat Caballé

I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend.
Is Billy Idol just doing a bad Elvis pout, or was he born that way?
I'm not into business at all.
It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype, that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.
Freddie Mercury
What will I be doing in twenty years' time? I'll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?
Freddie Mercury
One night Roger was in a foul mood and he threw his entire bloody drumset across the stage. The thing only just missed me – I might have been killed.
Freddie Mercury
We're a bit flashy, but the music's not one big noise.
The lavish presentation appeals to me, and I've got to convince the others.
Freddie Mercury
In the early days, we just wore black onstage. Very bold, my dear. Then we introduced white, for variety, and it simply grew and grew.
Freddie Mercury
A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrica! event.
Freddie Mercury
Who wants to live forever?
I got my diploma from Ealing College of Art, in graphics and illustration.
We've gone overboard on every Queen album. But that's Queen.
Onstage, I am a devil. But I'm hardly a social reject.
I was never too keen on the British music press. They've called us a supermarket hype, and they used to suggest that we didn't write our own songs.
Freddie Mercury
We're a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules. It's unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear .
Freddie Mercury
I'm hopeless with money; I simply spend what I've got.
Back in the old days, we were often compared to Led Zeppelin. If we did something with harmony, it was the Beach Hoys. Something heavy was Led Zeppelin.
Freddie Mercury
I'm very emotional; I think I may go mad in several years' time.
If we're weird onstage, I don't know what you'd call the Tubes.
Freddie Mercury
And, we have no such thing as a budget anymore. Our manager freaks when we show him the bill. We're lavish to the bone, but all our money goes back into the product.
Freddie Mercury
I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear.
I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter.
Money may not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it!
Years ago, I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name. But it's regal, obviously, and -sounds splendid.
Freddie Mercury
The reason we're successful, darling? My overall charisma, of course.
I dress to kill, but tastefully.
The others don't like my interviews. And frankly, I don't care much for theirs.
Freddie Mercury
I always knew I was a star And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me.
Freddie Mercury
I have fun with my clothes onstage; it's not a concert you're seeing, it's a fashion show.
Freddie Mercury
When I'm dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance.
Freddie Mercury
We were disliked by the press in the early days because they couldn't put their finger on us, and that was the case with Zeppelin as well.
Freddie Mercury
You know, I designed the Queen crest. I simply combined all the creatures that represent our star signs-and I don't even believe in astrology.
Freddie Mercury
I guess I've always lived the glamorous life of a star. It 's nothing new – I used to spend down to the last dime.
Freddie Mercury
I like to be surrounded by splendid things.
I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics.
But, you know, we spent two years putting our act together.
When the whole point of Queen was to be original.