Freddie Mercury Rocks On (VIDEO)

As Queen fans celebrate what would have been Freddie Mercury’s birthday today, we take a look at the genius behind his legendary hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
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As Queen fans celebrate what would have been Freddie Mercury’s birthday today, we take a look at the genius behind his legendary hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Freddie Mercury: In A Flash: Freddie Mercury performs his last live concert with Queen in 1986, in front of thousands of fans, at Wembley Stadium in London. Mercury wore a Flash Gordon tank during the performance—a symbol, then, of the band's 1980 recording for the film Flash Gordon; and a reminder, today, of Mercury's last show and untimely death four years later. (Photo by Bob King/Redferns.)

Freddie Mercury performs his last live concert with Queen in 1986 at Wembley Stadium in London. (Photo by Bob King/Redferns.)

Freddie Mercury, the late fearless frontman of the rock band Queen, was born today in 1946. While he’s remembered as a larger-than-life rock star, offstage he was a shy musician driven to take his music to new heights as he did in his epic 1975 ballad “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

His idea to fuse rock 'n' roll and opera was considered crazy at the time, but it didn’t stop him from composing a mini symphony that changed music history and made him a superstar.