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Freddie Mercury (1946-91) was the flamboyant lead singer of the British rock band Queen. He was renowned for his great vocal abilities and for his spectacular live performances.

Some of the songs he composed included Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We Are the Champions, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.


"A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrical event."
-- Freddie Mercury

"I dress to kill, but tastefully."
-- Freddie Mercury

"I have fun with my clothes onstage; it's not a concert you're seeing, it's a fashion show."
-- Freddie Mercury

"I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear."
-- Freddie Mercury

"In the early days, we just wore black onstage. Very bold, my dear. Then we introduced white, for variety, and it simply grew and grew."
-- Freddie Mercury

"The lavish presentation appeals to me, and I've got to convince the others."
-- Freddie Mercury

"The reason we're successful, darling? My overall charisma, of course."
-- Freddie Mercury

"We're a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules. It's unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear."
-- Freddie Mercury

"We're a bit flashy, but the music's not one big noise."
-- Freddie Mercury

"We've all got massive egos, my dear."
-- Freddie Mercury

"I want it all and I want it now."
-- Freddie Mercury

"We've gone overboard on every Queen album. But that's Queen."
-- Freddie Mercury

"What will I be doing in twenty years' time? I'll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?"
-- Freddie Mercury

"Years ago, I thought up the name Queen...It's just a name, but it's very regal obviously, and it sounds splendid...It's a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of the gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it."
-- Freddie Mercury

"Woman are like modern paintings. You can't enjoy them, if you try to understand them."
-- Freddie Mercury

"When we lost Freddie, we not only lost a great personality, a man with a great sense of humor, a true showman, but we lost probably the best, the really, the best virtuoso rock 'n' roll singer of all time. He could sing anything in any style. He could change his style from line to line and, God, that's an art. And he was brilliant at it. "
-- Roger Daltrey






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