Thursday, November 24, 2005

Lest We Forget

Today in Music History:

In 1991, Freddie Mercury died of complications from aids at his home in London's Holland park aged 45, just one day after he publicly admitted he was HIV positive. Also on this day and same year, Eric Carr, drummer with Kiss died of complications from cancer in a New York hospital.
freddieOn November 24, 1991, the announcement came: "Freddie Mercury died peacefully this evening at his home in Kensington, London. His death was the result of pneumonia brought on by AIDS." He was born "Faroukh Bulsara" in Zanzibar, and he died "Freddie Mercury", in a six million dollar home in London.

Freddie was the first major rock star to die of the disease. Although everyone suspected (just look at the last few videos Queen made), he didn't announce his affliction until 24 hours prior to his death, stating "I felt it correct to keep this information private in order to protect the privacy of those around me." During his last few months, Freddie was cared for by a few very close friends. Freddie's former girlfriend Mary Austen, with whom he remained close, showed up most days. In fact, it was Mary who inherited the Logan Place house, and still lives there today.

Here is an excerpt from Jim Hutton's (the boyfriend who lived with him for the last eight years of his life) book, Mercury and Me
Peter started changing the bed (Freddie had messed himself) while I took care of Freddie. As I was about to change Freddie into a clean T-Shirt and a pair of boxer shorts, I asked Dave to leave the room for a few moments. It was when I was getting his shorts on that I felt him try to raise his left leg to help a little. It was the last thing he did. I looked down at him, knowing he was dead... His eyes were still open. I can remember very clearly the expression on his face and when I go to sleep at night it's still there in front of me.
What can I say about Queen that hasn't been said before or said a thousand times already. Freddie was gifted with one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in all of rock music, and as a live entertainer, he was magnificent. He would feed from the crowd's energy, doubling it and giving it right back to them in full force. A showman in every sense of the word. I have been accused of being unemotional but there has been three times when the death of a musician has made me openly weep and then drink mass quantities of booze. Freddie Mercury was one and you'll just have to guess the others. Freddie released two solo albums in his career and today as a tribute to Freddie here's a cut from his 1985 American release Mr. Bad Guy(out of print). An import is available.

Thank you Freddie.

Foolin' Around by Freddie Mercury
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