Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Icons: King of Queen

Icon: Freddie Mercury, British Rock legend

"A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrical event.
I have fun with my clothes onstage; it's not a concert you're seeing, it's a fashion show."
-Freddie Mercury

Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury was best known as the front man for the legendary band Queen. Responsible for writing many of the band's hits, Mercury was known for his brash and flamboyant performance styles. He later forged a solo career and remained successful although he was a misunderstood and mysterious figure. He claimed on different occasions to be gay and bisexual and died of complications of AIDS only one day after announcing that he even had the disease. The act of concealing his disease caused controversy. Many thought that he could have attracted more awareness and funds for researching the disease by admitting it sooner.
In April 1992, the remaining members of Queen founded The Mercury Phoenix Trust and organized The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness.

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