Freddie Mercury at 75: Brian May and Roger Taylor pay touching tribute to Queen singer

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This year marks 30 years since Freddie Mercury’s untimely death and today would have been the Queen singer’s 75th birthday. Joining fans around the world, Brian May and Roger Taylor have paid tribute to their dear friend and bandmate. The Queen guitarist posted a collage of stunning Freddie fan art, admitting he does indeed have his favourites.

Brian captioned his Instagram post: “Happy Birthday Freddie. Enjoy this tour of Freddie’s incarnations and moods through the eyes of extraordinary artist @nenu_ph – one of the most visionary artists we’re lucky to have here in our Instagram community.

“I’m sometimes accused of favouritism. Do I have favourites ? Damn right I do !!! I’m sure you do too. So here is a nod to one of my absolute favourites. And – my favourite of his portraits of my favourite singer ?

“Well, you will see at the end of this clip. I feel like I’m looking into Freddie’s eyes. Early Happy 75th, dear pal. Bri.”

Meanwhile, Roger posted a picture from back in the day with Freddie at a drinks party.

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Roger simply captioned his post: “Happy Birthday dearest old friend…..forever with us in our thoughts.”

Meanwhile, the official Queen and Freddie Mercury YouTube channels have released an incredible tribute video to the late singer, which fans can watch below.

Speaking with Express.co.uk last year, Brian May shared how he believes that Freddie would be touring today in what is now Queen’s 50th anniversary year.

Brian said: “I think like all of us Freddie would have moments of, ‘Oh god, it’s time I quit!’ But then you can’t. That’s the way we are. You live your life, devoted to music as we have.”

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Brian continued: “You can hear Freddie’s wry philosophy on things like Was It All Worth It, that track we did.”

The 74-year-old explained how the Queen singer lived one day at a time and had no problems with changing his mind about things.

He said: “I think even if there might have been times where he didn’t feel able to go on, if his health had been okay he’d have come back every time – I really feel that. Because it was his life. Music was utterly and totally Freddie’s life.

“He lived and breathed it. So he would never have walked away from it for very long.”

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Brian said this was his opinion, but pointed out how he and Freddie did spend a lot of time together.

He added: “I think Freddie was very aware that Queen was forever. A powerful force and his best vehicle. That’s my feeling.”

Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar on September 5, 1946.

The rock music icon died after losing his battle to AIDS on November 24, 1991 at 45-years-old.

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