Bandmate Brian May remembers Freddie Mercury, as Google and the world celebrate the singer's birthday.
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury would have turned 65 on Monday. To honor him, Google created an animated video that's about as colorful and imaginative as the man himself. The tribute, set to the band's hit song "Don't Stop Me Now," follows a cartoon Mercury as he ventures from center stage to outer space.
The search engine also reached out to Brian May, Queen's guitarist, to see if he'd like to write about Mercury. The songwriter-turned-astrophysicist looked back on how the two first met in 1970. At the time, Mercury was just a fan in the crowd.
"I was first introduced to Freddie Mercury—a paradoxically shy yet flamboyant young man—at the side of the stage at one of our early gigs as the group 'SMILE.' " he writes on Google's official blog. "He told me he was excited by how we played, he had some ideas—and he could sing! I'm not sure we took him very seriously, but he did have the air of someone who knew he was right."