Yesterday Google launched their new doodle, celebrating the birth of the late and great Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury (who would have been 65 years old by now). It's still up there for today, so the celebration continues—let's revisit some Mercury moments.
"New York" (demo)
Sadly, there's not great footage from the band's appearances in NYC. Here's "Fat Bottomed Girls" (audio) from their 9/29/1980 show at MSG:
"Under Pressure" (Freddie Mercury and David Bowie)
A rare interview with Mercury in 1984:
"Killer Queen" (at Pop Montreal)
Mercury died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on November 24th. Two days earlier he released this statement:
Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue.
His final appearance in front of the camera was for the band's "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" video, shot just months before his death in 1991.