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Happy Birthday Freddie …
September 5, 2014, 6:15 am
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Today would be Freddie’s 68th birthday.

SIXTY EIGHT.

While some of the members are still touring under the Queen name, the irony is, I don’t think they would be if Freddie was still alive.

Before he died in 1991, he stated he didn’t think he’d tour again because he felt running around the stage in a leotard at his age was ridiculous.

To be honest, it was ridiculous when he was doing it in his 20’s, but somehow he managed to pull it off.

That said, I can’t believe it’s 23 years since he died.

I was devastated when I heard the news but in some ways, by dying so young [he was 45] he ensured his legacy would continue which he probably would have loved given he once sang, “it’s better to burn out than to fade away”.

Of course it doesn’t have to be that way, when Jagger or Richards pops their clogs, their legend will continue despite the fact they are already pensioners … but there’s something different when someone dies when you feel they still had so much to give.

Who knows what he would have come out with in later years – however given his duets with people like Montserrat Caballé – I know it would have been interesting, regardless of how successful it ended up being.

But it wasn’t meant to be which is why I will spend the day listening to my favourite song of his [a song, just to maintain the level of depression of this post, that I want played at my funeral] and wish him a happy birthday.


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Sixty eight! That’s incredible. Without wishing to glamourize early death, it certainly feels like that is a contributing factor to his longevity.

Comment by Pete

And his talent, music and personality.

Comment by Pete

Are you ever not nice?

Comment by DH

Only when I have a knife in my hand.

Comment by Pete

I don’t know where that came from.

Comment by Pete

That’s alarming Pete. I’ll make sure there are no knives near you tomorrow.

Comment by George

theres fucking hope for you yet pete.

Comment by andy@cynic

That’s the last time I’ll ever invite you over for dinner Pete.

Comment by DH

did pete ever invite you for dinner? he fucking never invited me and im ten billion times better company than you.

Comment by andy@cynic

I know … 2 years off 70. That just seems impossible. But then, so does being 44 and about to be a father, so I suppose I just have to accept these weird things happen.

Comment by Rob

As if it wasn’t bad enough that you’re back, you write a post about Freddie. Couldn’t stand his music but I’ll admit I found him entertaining.

Comment by DH

sellout.

Comment by andy@cynic

Good final paragraph to set the coming weekend off in style. Your kids future birthday parties sound like they’ll be a riot.

Comment by DH

held in a fucking cemetery probably.

Comment by andy@cynic

For you George.

Comment by Rob

finally youve done something i approve of.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’ll take fading away over burning out.

Comment by George

thats handy because thats what started happening to you 20 years ago.

Comment by andy@cynic

so youre back from your latest fucking holiday, i mean business trip are you? did you do anything other than ruin my holiday and uncle dans life? is that why you wrote this post? to finish us off? youre fucking more dangerous than isis except you bore us to fucking death.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’ve heard catchier tunes.

Comment by john

campbells funeral tracks or their songs in general. who the fuck cares if theres catchier stuff, it would mean we could all get on with our fucking shitty lives rather than come here and have how shit it is, rammed down our fucking throats.

Comment by andy@cynic

my wife just told me i was a fucking shit for that comment. what you have on her i dont know but i listen to her indoors so sorry campbell. i dont want you gone, not till ive taken you for every fucking dollar you owe me. which is all of what youve got.

Comment by andy@cynic

Under the thumb.

Comment by DH

Your wife has excellent taste. Except in her choice of husband. Apology accepted. Besides, you know that I’d come back and haunt you … it wouldn’t scare you, but we both know it would annoy the hell out of you.

Comment by Rob

Timed perfectly for the release of the new/old Queen album. Live at the Rainbow 1974. Available on iTunes.
Don’t they have enough money by now?

Comment by Bazza

I know your reasons for talking about death Robert, I agree with them, but I still don’t like hearing you talk about yourself that way. This is a compliment to you. Happy birthday Freddie.

Comment by Lee Hill

He was truly an talent that can never be replaced

Comment by Northern

excellent fucking sarcasm groper. unless you got smashed on the head this weekend and are suffering from concussion.

Comment by andy@cynic

The 10th hour in a hotel meeting room but even so….

Comment by Northern

Isn’t it the weekend there? What are you doing in a hotel for 10 hours if it’s not for fun?

Comment by DH

Pitch hell
Yes it’s a Sunday

Comment by Northern

Order in some massage chicks and put the happy ending put on expenses. The meeting will end very quickly after that. Result. I am a strategy king.

Comment by Billy Whizz

You should check this out Northern. It would help explain the pointless of your Sunday with great clarity: http://tinyurl.com/pcmojr9

Comment by Rob

That made me feel 10 times worse, which I’m sure was the intention.
And after I was so nice about Freddie

Comment by Northern

Being nice to Freddie once – even though we both know you were being a sarcastic bugger – doesn’t suddenly even out the 10 million times you were a bastard to the moustached warrior.

Us Queen fans never forget. Except when we are asked to write APSOTW assignment feedback. Oops.

Comment by Rob

And you’ve just reminded me you were supposed to planning the next APSOTW – Pampers by any chance?

Comment by Northern

Now that’s an idea …

Comment by Rob




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