While Freddie Mercury’s public stage persona is well known, less is seen of the star’s life behind closed doors when he relaxed with friends and family backstage at concerts and at his quiet London home.
Queen recorded over fifteen studio albums and were constantly traveling the globe – they toured Japan six times alone – producing more radio-friendly pop music as they evolved, and becoming one of the most popular and enduring bands of the 20th century.
The band’s unusual name – a mix of sexuality and class – was Freddie Mercury’s idea, and speaking to People in 1977, he confirmed: “The whole point was to be pompous and provocative, to prompt speculation and controversy.”
Yet behind their electric on stage personas and incredible star power, Roger Taylor, Brian May, John Deacon and Freddie Mercury were often on the road, traveling from country to country, based in hotel rooms and frequenting backstage venues – living much of their lives away from the spotlight.
Freddie eats a biscuit while studying at Ealing Technical College in London in summer 1969.
Freddie Mercury at his Shepherds Bush flat, London, 1969.
Freddie Mercury pictured relaxing at his Shepherd’s Bush, London flat in 1969.
Freddie Mercury and Brian May in the back of a car, 1974.
Queen posing with actress and Queen Elizabeth II look-alike, Jeannette Charles, September 1974. The group are (left to right) drummer Roger Taylor, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and singer Freddie Mercury.