He only made it to 45-years-old, but yesterday marked what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 73rd birthday.
Fans around the world have been sharing tributes to the late singer, as Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May celebrated their friend and former band member.
Taylor posted a cheeky snap of himself and Freddie in sombreros from back in Queen’s heyday.
The drummer, who himself turned 70 this year, wrote on Instagram: “Happy birthday old friend! We’re doing you proud! Rog x.”
While Queen guitarist Brian May shared some cheeky audio clips of Freddie’s.
He wrote on his post: “Happy Birthday Naughty Freddie! Funny quotes.”
But the celebrations of the singer didn’t end there with May also sharing a video of a Bohemian Rhapsody song mystery.
May wrote: “This is a nice little Freddie Mercury Birthday mystery, to distract you from the embarrassing and depressing spectacle of Brexit. “It’s the famous a-Capella introduction to the original recording of Bohemian Rhapsody.
“What do you think ? Bri – watch this space [four explosion emojis] but – forgive me – this will take a little while ! It’s turned out to be a lot more interesting than I expected.”
In the video, Brian considered what Freddie meant by the opening lines of Bohemian Rhapsody.
He said: “Here’s an interesting thought for Freddie’s birthday. Somebody sent me this.”
May then turned the camera around to the a-Capella introduction from the original recording of Bohemian Rhapsody.
He continued: “[They] asked the question, ‘What was in Freddie’s mind when he wrote the introduction of Bohemian Rhapsody?’
“Now I always imagined it went in his head, ‘One, two, three, four, is this the real life’ etc.”
He added: “But this chart which somebody has put together and published says differently.”
“You see this chart here, it says nothing happens in the first bar, which is right, and then the next bar has a rest at the beginning instead of a note.
“So it goes, ‘One, two, three, four, one, is this the real life, one, is this just fantasy etc’
“So what’s the truth? What actually was in Freddie’s mind? Well, I decided I would find out because I did not know the answer. What do you think?”
Such a spot means that Freddie’s original recording of Bohemian Rhapsody sounded different, but why? And why was it later changed? Hopefully, May will uncover the truth and share it with Queen fans.