Freddie Mercury – Retro play review I wrote in 1997
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:
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!