Brian May: ‘Freddie Mercury’s presence seems more potent than ever’

Guitarist pays tribute to singer on what would have been his 65th birthday

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Queen guitarist Brian May has paid tribute to Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 65th birthday.

Writing on a specially created Google blog, May wrote first of how he was introduced to the singer, writing: “I was first introduced to Freddie Mercury, a paradoxically shy yet flamboyant young man at the side of the stage at one of our early gigs. He told me he was excited by how we played, he had some ideas and he could sing! I’m not sure we took him very seriously, but he did have the air of someone who knew he was right. He was a frail but energised dandy, with seemingly impossible dreams and a wicked twinkle in his eye.”

May wrote fondly of his former bandmate’s attitude and approach to songwriting, calling him a “free spirit”.


He continued: ” Freddie was fully focused, never allowing anything or anyone to get in the way of his vision for the future. He was truly a free spirit. There are not many of these in the world. To achieve this, you have to be, like Freddie, fearless, unafraid of upsetting anyone’s apple cart. To create with Freddie was always stimulating to the max. He was daring, always sensing a way to get outside the box.”

May also said he believed that Mercury‘s presence in 2011 “seems more potent than ever” and of how his friend “devoured life”. He wrote: “Freddie would have been 65 this year, and even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever. Freddie made the last person at the back of the furthest stand in a stadium feel that he was connected. He lived life to the full. He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come. Happy birthday Freddie!”

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Brian May most recently appeared live with My Chemical Romance during their live show at last weekend’s Reading And Leeds Festivals.

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