From: Detroit Mi, USA
I also found out that Freddie was of Parsi Indian descent (he was born in Zanzibar). He did not advertise this, but it is pretty well known now. His death was rather sad, funny I don't remember it, although I was only in sixth or seventh grade at the time. I really got into their music in high school, about 3 years after he died. Great music, very instrumental in modern British rock. I don't think there will ever be a group so unique and daring. Bohemian Rhapsody is all kinds of awesome, yet contains two very different styles of music and a sharp break between the two, pure genius. Other than Don't Stop Me Know, I would say that my favorite song is Princes of the Universre (of course, I am a big Highlander fan too).
Though it's not my favorite song, I would agree with you that Bohemian Rhapsody is probobly one of the top 3 most brilliant rock and roll songs of all time.
It absolutely has to be in the same conversation with Led Zeppelins's Stairway To Heaven or Pink Floyd's work on their "The Wall" album.
Just my opinion.
As far as Freddie Mercury goes. I, unfortunately, closely followed the events once I found out he had aids. I was devastated. I realized that I would never get the opportunity again to ever have had the pleasure to see him in concert. I had heard so many great things about their concerts throughout the world and really wanted to see them perform. I just waited for the inevitable and when it happened, it was a very sad day for Rock and Roll.
But, thanks to Judge Dredd, I am going to see them when they come back around. Just like Brad Delp of Boston, you just cannot possibly believe that that voice could even remotely be made to where it could at all sound at least somewhat like his, so I'll just wait and see when they come back around.
Oh, and one more thing: If you like Styx, forget it. Their lead singer doesn't even come close to Dennis De Young. Just hope he and Tommy Shaw can put aside their differences and be the band they were intended to be.