Mercury performing in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1977 with Queen
5 September 1946
Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania)
|Died||24 November 1991
Kensington, London, England
|Cause of death||Bronchopneumonia (brought on by AIDS)|
|Other names||Freddie Bulsara|
|Education||St. Peter’s Boys School|
|Alma mater||Isleworth Polytechnic College
Ealing Art College
|Partner(s)||Mary Austin (1970â€“76)
Jim Hutton (1985â€“91)
It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype, that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.
What will I be doing in twenty years' time? I'll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?
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.
The lavish presentation appeals to me, and I've got to convince the others.
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.
A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrica! event.
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.
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 .
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.
If we're weird onstage, I don't know what you'd call the Tubes.
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.
Years ago, I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name. But it's regal, obviously, and -sounds splendid.
The others don't like my interviews. And frankly, I don't care much for theirs.
I always knew I was a star And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me.
I have fun with my clothes onstage; it's not a concert you're seeing, it's a fashion show.
When I'm dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance.
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.
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.
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.