One of the all-time greatest vocalists in rock, Freddie Mercury is best remembered as the lead singer of Queen. An extraordinarily flamboyant performer, he lived for the stage and often dressed in outrageous costumes. Though Mercury never explicitly stated that he was a homosexual, his overall openness did much to prepare the mainstream for gay culture, paving the way for openly gay artists such as k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright. Musically, Mercury mixed and matched hard rock, pop, opera, and theater music into a riveting amalgam, ignoring boundaries while simultaneously scoring hit after hit. While with Queen, Mercury occasionally worked outside the band, releasing one synth pop-influenced solo album and a collaboration with opera diva Montserrat Caballe. With the artist’s 1991 death from AIDS, the world lost one of music’s most powerful and enigmatic talents.
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