“At least in this life, even though I’m a gander, I have a nice, round bum! Will you just look at it? And Lord knows…I still love baths, but sharing the pool with ducks is another matter. They muddy the water before I have a chance to get in. And there are no more bubble baths, though I do sing in the pool the same as I used to as a man.”
Though he died nearly 25 years ago, Mercury left a void in the music scene that remains vacant.
Saturday would have been Mercury’s 69th birthday. As talented as Nally and the rest of rock’s boldest singers are, music has still yet to encounter a singer whose voice and presence measure up to the dynamism Mercury brought to every show. He rewrote the rules for what a rock performance could look and feel like, and every band focuses on vocals in their act owes him an incredible debt.
Artwork based on a photograph by Mark Hayward.