The Final Footage Of Freddie Mercury Alive Is Chilling
In a BBC Four documentary it shows the final music video Queen made with Freddie for the aptly-named song 'These Are the Days of Our Lives' in which the late star was deathly ill.
In the footage Freddie is seen behind the scenes of the video, practicing, directing, discussing and having a lot of make-up applied - it's obvious he's wearing foundation and concealer to hide the illness that had taken over him and one eye is bloodshot.
In the documentary Brian May said Freddie spent 'hours and hours and hours in make-up'.
Freddie suffered a lot of bad press following his death, being accused of being promiscuous and reckless, but his band members Brian May and Roger Taylor went on television in December 1991 to defend their friend.
In the end May says that this is the song Freddie says, 'goodbye' in when he looks down the camera at the end of the music video and mouths: "I still love you."
Freddie was more than a musician in fact he was recently deemed by science to be the best singer of all time.
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A team of Austrian, Czech, and Swedish researchers found that the average vibrato varies from 5.4 Hz to 6.9 Hz; Mercury's was 7.04 Hz. Who are we to argue with science? Fred is the best. Nuff said.
Freddie's life has been immortalised, not only with his music but, in the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody - Rami Malek takes on the role as Freddie copying the star's movements and mannerisms incredibly precisely.
Rami was clearly a very convincing Freddie as Brian May said he thought the actor 'deserves an Oscar'.
He said: "He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable."
The film follows the story of the epic band's rise to fame, quarrels, taking in Freddie's relationship with Mary Austin, his AIDs diagnosis and Queen's iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.
It may be the anniversary of Freddie's death, but it's his life that shall always be remembered as great, like he was a musician.
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