Freddie Mercury birthday: Queen’s Roger Taylor beautiful tribute ‘We still miss you’

Freddie would have been 74 today and next year, of course, will be a major celebration. His legacy lives on in his music, the recent film Bohemian Rhapsody and the ongoing popularity of Queen with new frontman Adam Lambert. But Roger, like everyone, makes it clear that Freddie may be gone but he is never forgotten. 

We all call him Freddie, but Roger also reminded us that he has never called his bandmate that, ever since they first met in 1969 when Farouk Bulsara was hoping to join Roger and Brian May’s band Smile.

Roger posted today: “Happy Birthday Fred! After all this time, we still miss you. Rog.”

He had also spoken about how he and Brian still often feel like Freddie is with them: “He’s been gone a long time but we never forget him, he is part of us. Brian and I, we always think he’s in the corner and we think we know what he would think when we’re talking.”

Roger, of course, has probably the world’s biggest memorial to Freddie at his Guildford home.

He said: “I have a statue of Freddie in the garden, which I love, it’s great, it’s very big.

“I also thought it would be very funny to have the statue there and I think Freddie would have found it hilarious.

“He would have found it really funny.”

Roger has previously posted a moving image of himself standing in his garden overshadowed by the enormous figure.

The twenty-foot figure towered over the entrance to London’s Dominion Theatre for twelve years, welcoming over six million fans to the musical We Will Rock You. The statue is a replica of the famous landmark standing on the shores of Lake Geneva. 

The show’s writer, Ben Elton, claims Roger swiped it out from under bandmate’s Brian’s nose.

Although the statue and Freddie’s iconic pose with one arm aloft are typically theatrical, Roger said this often distracted everyone from his friend’s true gifts.

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Roger said: “Amongst the other things, the theatrical elements of Freddie, his own private life and etcetera, they sometimes get exaggerated and people don’t think that first and foremost Freddie was a musician, and he was a really great one.

“Apart from being a great showman and singer, he was a great musician and composer.”

Happy Birthday, Freddie.

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