Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury


9/5/1946, Zanzibar, Tanzania



Birth Name

Farookh Bulsara


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Freddie was the lead singer of the band Queen. He made the band what it was in its time. A multitalented artist who had no limits.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Freddie Mercury: People are always asking me what my lyrics mean. Well I say what any decent poet would say if you dared ask him to analyse his work: if you see it, darling, then it's there.

    • Freddie Mercury: You know, I designed the Queen crest. I simply combined all the creatures that represent our star signs-and I don't even believe in astrology.

    • Freddie Mercury: Years ago, I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name. But it's regal, obviously, and-sounds splendid.

    • Freddie Mercury: (talking about the band and why they got together) When the whole point of Queen was to be original.

    • Freddie Mercury: When I'm dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance.

    • Freddie Mercury: (talking about the band's popularity) We've gone overboard on every Queen album. But that's Queen.

    • Freddie Mercury: (about the band) We've all got massive egos, my dear.

    • Freddie Mercury: We're the fussiest band in the world, and we put so much loving into every album.

    • Freddie Mercury: We're fussy and finnicky and have very high standards. If a song can't be done properly, we'd rather il isn't done at all.

    • 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: (about the band) We're a bit flashy, but the music's not one big noise.

    • Freddie Mercury: We were disliked by the press in the early days because they couldn't put their finger on us, and that was the case with Zeppelin as well.

    • Freddie Mercury: We were always a sitting target in the press because we became popular so quickly.

    • Freddie Mercury: We've been slagged in the press for our flamboyant stage show. We think a show should be a spectacle.

    • Freddie Mercury: (talking of the band),/em> The others don't like my interviews. And frankly, I don't care much for theirs.

    • Freddie Mercury: (talking about his influence on the band) The lavish presentation appeals to me, and I've got to convince the others.

    • Freddie Mercury: Robert Plant was always my favorite singer-and he's said nice things about me, you know.

    • Freddie Mercury: (talking of how people percieve him) Onstage, I am a devil. But I'm hardly a social reject.

    • Freddie Mercury: Once, Roger squirted Brian in the face with hairspray in a tiny, steaming dressing room. They nearly came to blows. (talking about their times before a concert)

    • Freddie Mercury: It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype, that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.

    • 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: If we're weird onstage, I don't know what you'd call the Tubes.

    • Freddie Mercury: I'm very emotional; I think I may go mad in several years' time.

    • Freddie Mercury: I'm the first to accept fair criticism. But the dishonest reviews-where people haven't done their homework - I just tear them up.

    • Freddie Mercury: I'm hopeless with money; I simply spend what I've got.

    • Freddie Mercury: I was never too keen on the British music press. They've called us a supermarket hype, and they used to suggest that we didn't write our own songs.

    • Freddie Mercury: I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter.

    • Freddie Mercury: I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics.

    • Freddie Mercury: I like to browse around art galleries, but I'm a hard-working lad and I never have the time.

    • Freddie Mercury: I like to be surrounded by splendid things.

    • Freddie Mercury: I like the cabaretish sort of thing. In fact, one of my early inspirations came from Cabaret.

    • Freddie Mercury: I learned to fend for myself in boarding school. All the bullying-1 had the odd schoolmaster chasing me. I was considered the arch poof.

    • 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 guess I've always lived the glamorous life of a star. It 's nothing new-I used to spend down to the last dime.

    • Freddie Mercury: I dress to kill, but tastefully.

    • Freddie Mercury: I don't care what the journalists say, we achieved our own identity after Queen II.

    • Freddie Mercury: I do get annoyed when up- and-coming journalists put themselves above the artist.

    • Freddie Mercury: I bought a house in London which I'd only seen in photographs. I know that 's absurd, but I had no time to go house-hunting.

    • Freddie Mercury: I always knew I was a star And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me.

    • Freddie Mercury: Every molecule of Day At The Races - every iota - is us. No session men. We don't try to reproduce that onstage.

    • Freddie Mercury: Back in the old days, we were often compared to Led Zeppelin. If we did something with harmony, it was the Beach Boys. Something heavy was Led Zeppelin.

    • Freddie Mercury: We have no such thing as a budget anymore. Our manager freaks when we show him the bill. We're lavish to the bone, but all our money goes back into the product.

    • Freddie Mercury: After Sheet' Heart Attack, we realized we'd established ourselves. We felt that there were no barriers, no restrictions.

    • (In regards to the group's performances)
      Freddie Mercury: A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrica! event.

    • Freddie Mercury: I'm just a musical prostitute my dear.

    • Freddie Mercury: The bigger the better; in everything.

    • Freddie Mercury: (concerning the band's name) 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 face of it.

    • Freddie Mercury: (concerning his singing career) If I didn't do this well, I just wouldn't have anything to do... I can't cook, and I'd be a terrible housewife.