In their prime, Queen was not only one of the greatest and most dramatic rock acts, but also one of the most cumulatively intelligent and creative. Guitarist Brian May studied astrophysics at Ealing College in London; bassist John Deacon was an electronics engineer who built some of the band's equipment, including the Deacy Amp; and drummer Roger Taylor was preparing for a career in dentistry. With a background like that, this was bound to be a band with some fascinating trivia behind it.
Mercury accidentally pioneered the use of the mic stand stick
During an early Queen show, Mercury's microphone stand broke. Thinking on his feet, he continued to sing, holding the stub of the stand instead of finding a new one. Before long, he was constantly roaming the stage with his new prop. Over the years, Axl Rose from Guns N' Roses, Bret Michaels of Poison, Klaus Meine of Scorpions, and Joey Belladonna of Anthrax have all made efficient use of Mercury's accidental invention.
The legendary duet between Queen and David Bowie, “Under Pressure”, wasn't planned in advance
Queen were recording their 10th studio album Hot Space at Mountain Studio in Montreux, Switzerland, when Bowie dropped by to record the title track for the movie “Cat People”. At first, Bowie was to add backup vocals to the song “Cool Cat”, but suggested writing an original together instead. Bowie insisted that he and Mercury not hear each other's vocals or lyrics beforehand, which gave the song a soaring appeal.
“We Will Rock You” didn't originally start with the stomp-stomp-clap percussion
Brian May used his knowledge of astrophysics to create the sound after Queen played an explosive show at Bingley Hall near Birmingham, England. He wanted to approximate the sound of thousands clapping at once, so he employed what he learned in school about how soundwaves travel, and came up with one of the most instantly familiar song openings in rock 'n' roll.
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was good clean fun, literally
It's hard enough for most people to read a book while in the tub. But Mercury was so multifaceted, he wrote an entire song while soaking in the suds. To engender the right mood to create “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, he turned on the tap, plugged up the bathtub, and hopped in. Reportedly, he had an assistant move his piano next to where he was bathing so he could play while he wrote.
Mercury was a huge cat lover and at one point owned 10 kitties
He named his 1985 solo album “Mr. Bad Guy” after one of his pets, and dedicated the disc “to my cat Jerry — also Tom, Oscar, and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe — screw everybody else.” Mercury wrote the song “Delilah” about his favorite tortoiseshell cat.
A Freddie Mercury biopic is currently in production
Sacha Baron Cohen was originally slated to play the singer, but he pulled out last summer and was replaced late last year by Ben Whishaw. Queen guitarist Brian May told Rolling Stone magazine that the band felt Cohen's personality was too identifiable for the actor to be convincing as Mercury. “We thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief — the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn't think that could really happen with Sacha.” Dexter Fletcher is scheduled to direct the film, which has acquired the rights to use the songs “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”, and “Another One Bites the Dust”.
Source: Yahoo! Music