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Freddie Mercury – Retro play review I wrote in 1997

Freddie Mercury

The following excerpts are from a review I did on a play about Freddie Mercury called, “Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God” published in New York’s Westsider, Dec. 4-10, 1997. First rights, under my real name: Mary Anne Christiano.

Such an eerie concurrence that back in 1972, Freddie Mercury wrote a song, for his band Queen, entitled “Great King Rat,” about a fictitious character who, “died of syphilis, 44,” then almost 20 years later Mercury himself dies — also from a degenerating sexual malady called AIDS, at age 45. The night before his death, Mercury revealed his illness to the world — after keeping his sexuality a secret from his parents and fans.

“I have no regrets,” finalizes Mercury. “If you could leave the world with no regrets — you lived happily.”

Mercury was a “true” rock star — a charming entertainer who loved every minute of his fame and fortune. It was a sad day on earth when the world lost this man to the terrifying illness, AIDS.

And here is the song I mentioned in the article, “Great King Rat” that was recorded on the first Queen album:

Great King Rat

Queen was one of my favorite bands since I was 13. At this time they only had five albums. I worked my way backwards getting all their work, then moved forward — with them — buying their albums as they made them, until Freddie passed away. Luckily I saw them with Freddie in 1982. Dynamic show!


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3 thoughts on “Freddie Mercury – Retro play review I wrote in 1997

  1. Lisa saw them too. Billy Squier opened.

  2. Never saw them, but watched them on YouTube. Freddie will always be noted as the “Best Frontman” for any band.

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