Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday: Celebrate with Google Doodle and a Concert

Freddie Mercury, the voice behind so many Queen classics (Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are the Champions), would have turned 65 today, an age that means official retirement for most, but not for rock ‘n roll legends. To celebrate the milestone, Google has adorned its homepage with a collage of Freddie doodles, and released a related tribute video that brings the doodles to life. (Note: the doodles will grace US Google pages tomorrow — after Labor Day.)

If Queen was before your time, or if you never quite understood the band’s appeal, then let us bring you back to their heyday. First, Queen stealing the show at Live Aid in 1985. Brian May (now an astrophysicist and Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University) plays guitar alongside Freddie. Find the remaining parts of the performance hereherehere, and here.

And next Queen’s legendary 1986 concert at Wembley Stadium, which runs 90+ minutes. This video was released by Queen’s YouTube Channel, and it will only be available online today…

If you’re now a converted Queen fan, just sit tight. A biopic with Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G) playing Freddie Mercury will be released next summer.

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