Freddie Mercury, Live Aid (1985)

Queen front­man Fred­die Mer­cury died 19 years ago today. So a quick remem­brance seems in order. We bring you Mer­cury and Bri­an May (now astro­physi­cist and uni­ver­si­ty chan­cel­lor) dri­ving along the crowd at Live Aid, the mega con­cert staged in Lon­don and Philly, back in 1985. Get the remain­ing parts of the vir­tu­oso rock per­for­mance here, here, and here. And keep an eye out for the upcom­ing film that will fea­ture Sacha Baron Cohen in the Mer­cury role.

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  • Yoi. Let’s not for­get “Sir” Bob Geld­of brought us this atroc­i­ty. Any­one still lis­ten­ing to Queen in 1985 got what they deserved.

    “BONO, STING and Bob have formed this ridicu­lous blessed tril­o­gy — stop preach­ing, please. Every time I see Bono in those big fly glass­es and tight leather pants I just can’t hack it. I can’t see that as solv­ing the world’s prob­lems. He’s crush­ing his tes­ti­cles in tight trousers for world peace.” — John Lydon, rant­i­ng over Geld­of disin­gen­u­ous­ly claim­ing the Sex Pis­tols would play “Live 8.” Hear hear!

    • Nalrus says:

      I total­ly agree with you in that the peo­ple got what they deserved. I’ve nev­er seen a more enthu­si­as­tic crowd.n

  • shano says:

    Mer­cury is still vot­ed the best rock & roll vocal­ist in the Rolling Stone poll this year. Fred­die was one of the best front­man of all time.
    He wrote some great songs, I love his lyrics, all pos­i­tive, poet­ic.

    he called him­self the Per­sian poufter once and I love him for that. he was entire­ly orig­i­nal.

  • Seabreezn says:

    Just freakin’ Fab­u­lous spir­it !!!

  • Susan says:

    Such a gift!

  • Laura says:

    I am ashamed to say that I nev­er fol­lowed Queen when they were in their prime. I was young and just enjoyed cer­tain songs.
    I have since watched doc­u­men­taries on this one in a mil­lion band.
    Fred­die, you were the per­former that made every­one smile, and you and your mates raised the bar for those that fol­lowed.
    I will dance to your music until I can­not walk.
    Thank you.….

  • Philip Williams says:

    Sim­ply put; he was the great­est per­former and record­ing artist of a gen­er­a­tion, and what a gen­er­a­tion.

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