Sure, his four-octave vocal range could make even Bob Plant hide in shame behind his curls, but, for Freddie, singing was but one part of the grand performance he called "life", and such a stage called, only naturally, for the most exquisite taste in fashion. While perhaps best known today for his trademark moustache and undershirt look of the Eighties, Freddie experimented with radically different styles and kept things just as interesting visually, if not more than musically, for his legions of admirers. Ahead of what would have been his 72nd birthday on 5 September, as well as the much-anticipated Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, we give you 12 images of His Majesty at his sartorial finest. From the outset, Freddie approached everything he did in the most grandiose way possible. Having adopted a Greco-Roman god as his namesake, he then named his band Queen — and carried himself like one, too; after all, you might as well go the whole nine yards.
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Regarded as one of the greatest lead singers in the history of rock music,   he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four- octave vocal range. Born in in Zanzibar to Parsi parents from India, he attended English-style boarding schools in India from the age of eight and returned to Zanzibar after secondary school. In , his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution , moving to Middlesex , England. Having studied and written music for years, he formed Queen in with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. He also led a solo career and served as a producer and guest musician for other artists. Mercury died in at age 45 due to complications from AIDS.
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The movie tells the story of the inception of Queen in the early s up through its heart-pounding minute set at the Live Aid concert in Wembley Stadium in Scott in a scathing review for The New York Times. Over at Rolling Stone , Andy Greene helpfully offers a fact-check guide to the scenes the movie gets historically inaccurate no, the band did not break up before Live Aid. The problem, as with most biopics, lies squarely with the flattening of history, in this case Mercury's.
In early , I saw Freddie Mercury stage one of the greatest charades in rock history. For me — an year-old gay kid, out only to my hippest friends — this crossed a line. Freddie Mercury was luxuriating in every gesture I spent years studying to edit.