The Mercury Phoenix Trust is “fighting AIDS worldwide” in memory of Freddie Mercury. The prominent lead in the band Queen, Mercury died Nov. 24, 1991, of complications from bronchitis and AIDS. His confidante, Mary Austin, states Mercury quit taking medicine that was prolonging a rapidly failing life. His wish was for friends, fans, doctors, and the world to fight AIDS. Metallica, Def Leppard, and Guns N’ Roses, among other groups, held a Freddie Mercury tribute concert shortly after his death. Over $30 million was raised to start the Trust, a charity organization licensed under British law.
What better way to celebrate the life of one whose music changed the world than by finding news worth sharing to those who remember personally or from songs they have heard? On Sept. 16, it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury in a GK Film about Mercury’s life. All that is left to do is appoint a director. Current plans are to look at the path to and course of his career, prior to the tragedy of bronchitis and AIDS. Mercury at last decided to eliminate his medicine and go to the next level. Rights to include band’s tunes have been obtained. Featuring such songs as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You” will guarantee a hit, as an entire new generation of Queen fans have grown since Freddie Mercury’s death.
“Who Wants to Live Forever,” “A Kind of Magic,” and “Princes of the Universe” are some of the most incredible songs Queen provided for the “Highlander” movies. The videos are evident of the joy the band experienced while performing. Mercury put a lot of training and self into his musical career, foreseeing greatness in his choice of life. No song was ordinary. Queen had an expectation of themselves to deliver the best, and they did.
My favorite memory of Freddie Mercury and Queen is the beautiful musical contribution to “Highlander.” The action, or moment, was always enhanced with their contribution. My family will watch some reruns of the television series, and one of the movies. We will remember a man and his band that put forth a caring, intense grouping of notes, voice, and background to make each tune an integral part of the scene.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is one such song. We’ll recall the death knell hitting our gut when Mercury confirmed his illness to the world, and the shock of his death the following day. As we watch some of Queen’s videos on YouTube, we will say a prayer that he is at peace, jamming with the incredible musical talent that inhabits Heaven.
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