When the chief model maker for Thomas the Tank Engine left his rock band in 1970, he was replaced by Freddie Mercury and his former band became Queen.
Ten days before Freddie Mercury died, Jim Beach, Queen’s manager, met with him to discuss what could be done with his legacy. Freddie said, “You can do whatever you like with my image, my music, remix it, re-release it, whatever… just never make me boring.”
In 1974, a then-unknown Queen performed at an Australian festival to a mean-spirited, drunken crowd. Before finishing, Freddie Mercury told them that Queen would be “one of the biggest bands in the world” the next time they visited. When they came back, they were at the top of the charts.
Freddie Mercury once dressed Princess Diana up as a man and took her out clubbing. Nobody recognized her.
Freddie Mercury painted all of his cats on one of his coats, phoned them for hours while touring, and dedicated an album to them.