Happy birthday Freddie Mercury

Written on September 5, 2011 by Banafsheh Farhangmehr in Arts & Cultures & Societies, Video

A Google doodle tribute to artist, performer, and pioneer Freddie Mercury for his 65th birthday.

Freddie Mercury at 65: what would he be doing today?

It’s hard to imagine the former Queen frontman aged 65. But to celebrate Freddie Mercury’s immortalisation as a Google doodle, we thought we’d give it a try …

Freddie Mercury would have been 65 today. But what would have happened had he not died? For a start, he wouldn’t have been the lucky recipient of a Google doodle, an animated one, no less, showing the world’s favourite moustachioed rock tenor on a mission through time and space, doing various implausible things alluded to in the lyrics of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, including leaping through space, riding a tiger and racing a car like, er, Lady Godiva. But that was Freddie: he could make the impossible happen with one twirl of his ‘tache, and before you knew it he’d be exploding like an atom bomb and burning through the skies, while prancing across a stage wearing a white pant-suit exposing a full chest of hair.

NME may have been moved to ask, “Is this man a prat?” – Accompanied by a photo of Mercury in a leotard – but everyone loved Freddie, and these days almost everyone loves Queen, even if, for a while, they were considered the ultimate in kitsch bombast.

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