Brian May shares how Freddie Mercury remained so ‘considerate’ of others in his final days
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Queen fans will know that 2021 marks a number of anniversaries for the iconic rock band. Not only is it their 50th anniversary and what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 75th birthday, but tragically it’s also been 30 years since the legendary singer died. But even during his final days battling AIDS, Freddie remained incredibly “considerate” of others according to his bandmate.
Brian May shared a touchingly selfless story of Freddie during the launch of his solo single Back to the Light and its new music video today.
The Queen guitarist remembered: “He was an extraordinary person there’s no doubt about it. We all sort of resist deifying him I suppose. But in truth, he really was a one-off.
“He was extraordinarily shy, which perhaps you don’t expect. Considerate, diplomatic, which you don’t expect. He had all these qualities which didn’t come across on stage.
“On stage, he was the great god Mercury, but off stage he was very different. I never heard him complain and I never heard him complain about what was happening to his body as that terrible disease took over.”
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When it came to sharing a story of Freddie’s good nature, the 74-year-old paused wondering if it was okay to share.
Brian said: “In fact, one of the few times he ever talked about it…I’m not sure if I should mention this…but in its way it’s okay, I think. We went out to this restaurant as we frequently did in Montreux. Lovely, sleepy town.”
This was the location of Mountain Studios in Switzerland, where the band would record their latest tracks.
The Queen guitarist shared: “Freddie had to have his leg up on a chair as he couldn’t bend his leg properly because he was having all this treatment.”
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Freddie said to his bandmates: “Do you want to see what’s going on on my leg?”
Brian then shared how the Queen singer showed them a terrible wound which he had because of the treatment he was undergoing.
Seeing the guitarist’s reaction, a concerned Freddie said: “I didn’t mean to upset you Brian, you’re shocked aren’t you?”
The 74-year-old remembered fondly: “So he’s thinking about how I’m feeling rather than [what he was going through].”
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Brian added: “And that’s a good example. He was an unusually perceptive and considerate person. Very different from his brash image of a superhero onstage.”
The Queen guitarist was promoting his single Back to the Light, which also features the song Nothin’ But Blue.
Brian began writing the latter song about Freddie just a few days before he died on November 24, 1991.
The Back To The Light single is available to buy, download and stream from October 22.
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