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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