Queen fans love taking trips down memory lane, whether it be through the recent Freddie Mercury biopic or otherwise. And yet one fascinating detail about his personal life still goes overlooked.
The 2018 movie Bohemian Rhapsody depicts Mercury at his early job pre-Queen. But it doesn’t reveal much about the gig.
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Where Did Freddie Mercury Work Before Queen Blew Up?
Bohemian Rhapsody presents fleeting glimpses of Freddie Mercury working as a baggage handler at Heathrow Airport. They don’t do justice to the long-lasting impact of the singer’s gig, however.
Even if the gig didn’t mean that much to Mercury, it left an indelible mark on those who worked the same job in subsequent years.
For proof, look no further than the video that Heathrow baggage handlers created in commemoration of Mercury’s birthday in 2018.
The workers did such a bang-up job with the tribute clip that British Airways posted it through the airline’s YouTube account.
“Our star baggage handlers have been taking professional choreography lessons learning a full routine to ‘I Want To Break Free’ to wow customers ahead of the launch of [Bohemian Rhapsody].” reads a description for the video.
Bohemian Rhapsody ends with a lengthy segment paying homage to Queen’s larger-than-life success at the Live Aid benefit concert. For Freddie Mercury, the massive performance in 1985 was a far cry from his lowly days as a baggage handler.
It was Queen’s first concert to attract such a massive audience, and the historic event solidified Queen’s reputation as a major artistic force in their homeland of England.
Queen’s performance at the Live Aid benefit concert at Wembley Stadium is commonly referred to as one of the greatest rock performances of all time.
The Death of Freddie Mercury
While Queen’s Live Aid performance cemented the band’s legacy, the death of Freddie Mercury in November 1991 triggered another massive benefit concert.
Dozens of Mercury’s friends helped organize the gig. Other massive bands like Metallica and Guns N’ Roses joined the Wembley Stadium stage along with the surviving members of Queen for hours upon hours of tributes and amazing musical collaborations.
One of those amazing collaborations came in the form of a cover of “Under Pressure,” the hit song David Bowie had recorded with Queen only a decade earlier.
Bohemian Rhapsody, which revolved around Mercury’s life, made an astounding $910.8 million at the box office. It racked up four Oscars, as well as a Best Picture nomination.