Here are 20 kickass and interesting facts about Freddie Mercury.

1-5 Kickass and Interesting Facts about Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury / Farookh Bulsara

1. Freddie Mercury’s real name was Farookh Bulsara, and he was an Indian of Parsi descent. – Source

2. 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.” – Source

3. In February 1992, when Brian May and Roger Taylor announced the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert, all 72,000 tickets sold out in just three hours, even though no performers were announced apart from the remaining members of Queen. – Source

4. Freddie Mercury dropped out of a duet with Michael Jackson in the 80s because he felt uncomfortable working in the presence of Jackson’s pet llama in the studio. – Source

5. Freddie Mercury played the same piano that Paul McCartney used for “Hey Jude” in the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”. – Source

6-10 Kickass and Interesting Facts about Freddie Mercury

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6. There is a statue of Freddie Mercury in Switzerland.

7. Freddie Mercury had a degree in art and graphic design, and he designed the Queen’s logo, called the Queen Crest. – Source

8. Freddie Mercury’s powerful voice spanned over a four-octave range. – Source

9. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was written by Freddie Mercury in 10 minutes as a tribute to Elvis Presley. – Source

10. Freddie Mercury died due to complications from AIDS just one day after announcing his condition publicly. – Source

11-15 Kickass and Interesting Facts about Freddie Mercury

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11. Freddie Mercury bequeathed the vast majority of his fortune to his ex-girlfriend, Mary Austin, and also entrusted her to ensure that the burial place of his ashes would never be disclosed. – Source

12. There was a note in the booklet of  Freddie’s album “Mr. Bad Guy” which read:

“This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry – also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe – screw everybody else!” – Source

13. Freddie Mercury refused to do surgery to correct his overbite because he feared that it would affect his singing. – Source

14. 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. – Source

15. Freddie Mercury loved cats and he adopted most of his cats from rescue shelters. He gave them gourmet meals, Christmas stockings and talked to them over the phone when on tour. – Source

16-20 Kickass and Interesting Facts about Freddie Mercury

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16. Tim Curry was an avid horticulturist and he even planted a garden for his friend Freddie Mercury. – Source

17. Freddie Mercury had midgets carrying trays of cocaine on their heads at his parties. – Source

18. Freddie Mercury used a piano as a headboard for his bed and taught himself to play the piano backwards so if a song idea popped into his head when lying in bed, he could reach backwards and play it or record it. – Source

19. Freddie Mercury hated doing Bohemian Rhapsody live because he considered himself a mediocre pianist. – Source

20. Princess Diana once dressed up as a man to visit a gay bar with Freddie Mercury and DJ Everett – Source

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Last Update: November 14, 2016