Anyone who is a fan of Freddie or Queen will probably read the title of this post, think to themselves, yes, let’s, and then carry on with their day. I say this because Freddie Mercury is arguably one of the few people to have lived that can simply have their name read aloud and garner instant respect and appreciation, long after they’re gone.
Freddie, in my own humble opinion, is the GOAT of the music world in the context of vocals and musical performances, regardless of the genre. The man didn’t seem human in regard to his unbelievable vocals, stage performance, energy and musical talents (he was a wizard on the ivory keys), and to this day, it tremendously angers me that I wasn’t able to witness this man in all his glory in person. One of many examples of Freddie and Queen’s exceptional talent can be witnessed in all its glory in a YouTube video depicting the band’s performance in Montreal in 1981. This video shows one song segment of their performance, and that song happens to be one of my absolute favourites – “Somebody to Love.”
I can thank Queen for sparking my love for classic rock music; I researched the band for a music project when I was in the seventh grade, and doing so opened the everloving arms of rock and roll music to me as an avid listener. After exploring Queen and their sound, I started listening to and became a fan of AC/DC, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top, John Mellencamp, Janis Joplin and Meat Loaf.
To give credit where its due, I can also thank my parents for my taste in music. Growing up, they often played music with our sound system on Sunday’s, and while I have my country icons as well thanks to them, they often listened to The Eagles, Mr. Mellencamp, Fleetwood Mac, and my dad has always loved Meat Loaf – both the band and the food.
Thank you for pushing my musical boundaries all those years back, Freddie.
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