Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Who Wants To Live Forever

Brian May Queen (J. Deacon, B. May, F. Mercury, R. Taylor) It's a Kind Of Magic Capitol 1986
Who wants to live forever Who wants to live forever? Who dares to love forever? When love must die
This song makes me very sad.

Although the official word is that Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with HIV early in 1987, I am convinced that he knew sometime before that, perhaps as long as a year before. Brian May composed this song for the soundtrack of the movie Highlander, but I can't help thinking that he, too, knew of or suspected Freddie's health problems. What makes this cut all the more poigniant is their performance at Wembley in July, shortly after the release of Magic.

At one point, Freddie teases the Wembley crowd of 75,000 that there was a rumour going around that Queen might be breaking up, but then reassures them that they would be together until we fucking well die, I'm sure!. The next song was Who Wants To Live Forever.

Tell me that he did not know then his approaching doom!
Freddie Mercury died of AIDS 24 Nov 1991.


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