Greats v.s. AIDS

The end of the king of Queen

Music can gather massive crowds of strangers and make them sing together as one single voice. It takes an extraordinary leader to achieve such an exploit, and Freddie Mercury, born as Farrokh Bulsara, was one of the few human beings who could captivate a massive audience and transform the world of music. This fanciful and extremely talentful singer, performer and composer created a completely new style of music and helped his band Queen to become a phenomenon. Unfortunately, Freddie Mercury’s story isn’t completely gold. If you don’t know Queen, you have to understand that Freddie’s costumes and performances were highly extravagant. On stage, the singer used to wear clothes that were related the homosexuals at that time. As though the band was really popular in the United-States, the very conservative opinions conveyed by Reagan cost their songs to be cut from the radio stations. Plus, in the early ‘80s, an unknown disease started to affect the world, and nobody, even the greatest, could escape it. In 1987, Freddie learned he had not only HIV, but AIDS. Unlike his on stage performances, he had a shy personality, and didn’t tell his close friends about his disease until two years later. Back in the days, homosexuality was really taboo and directly associated with AIDS by most of the people. That explains why the singer didn’t get the help he needed and only came out of the closet the day before he died. Nowadays, people are more conscious and tolerant about the disease and different sexual orientations, and we know that AIDS can affect all heterosexual and homosexual couples who have sexual relationship, but the job is not done. Freddie Mercury’s sad ending was a wakeup call for the world. He was famous internationally and his death affected many. During the last years of his life, he knew he didn’t have much time left and decided to live his life to the fullest. Despite his decreasing health condition, he recorded some songs with his idol, the opera singer Montserra Kaballe. He then died peacefully in his house, surrounded by his close friends. He left a legacy to the world, and this article is a tribute to his life and accomplishments. Bohemian Rhapsody, a rock anthem written and composed by Freddie Mercury, is still arguably one of the greatest rock songs of all time. Mercury’s death sensitized the world to a dangerous disease and I hope he didn’t die in vain.

Sarah Perrino

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