Misc: Said about Freddie
Joe Elliott, Def Leppard:
"Freddie Mercury was the very acceptable and positive side of pompous and big. He was like a male version of Liza Minnelli. He was this big, old character that was larger than life. I imagine the closest thing you'll ever get to Freddie Mercury is Wrestlemania, and that's including the show, the building, the people inside it and the ring!"
Gary Cherone, Extreme:
"Freddie meant everything to me growing up. For as long as I can remember I've been the biggest Queen fan. There's nothing we don't know by Queen."
Axl Rose, Guns N'Roses:
"Freddie Mercury's death was something I had been preparing for since I had heard of his AIDS...If I didn't have Freddie Mercury's words and lyrics to hold onto as a kid, I don't know where I'd be...I never really had a bigger teacher in my whole life."
"We were very close friends; he was a very special person to me. Freddie was probably the most creative individual I ever met, and he was really fun. He had a great zest for life. He was also very unselfish and very caring. He put himself out to work with me and it was phenomenal experience. [Freddie sang background on Squier's Emotions In Motion and Enough Is Enough albums; Billy opened Queen's Hot Space tour.]"
"Throughout Europe, and in America and Japan, wherever I sing I am still approached by Freddie Mercury's fans. They ask me what he was like to work with. They tell me how much they love him still, that when he died, part of them died with him. Freddie's music and his qualities as a human being directly touched the hearts of his admirers, yet he is constantly criticized and his life turned into a moral epic. No one person has the right to judge another person. Freddie lived his life without pretence, exactly the way he felt he should, and he should be respected for that. Even those finest examples of humanity - Gandhi and Mother Theresa of Calcutta - admitted that they had faults, and if they considered themselves imperfect in any way, who are we to judge a man who brought so much joy and goodness into the world? I find it very moving to witness such devotion, yet I am not surprised because Freddie was a good, non-violent, peace-loving man who was generous not just to his friends and those he loved, but to others who suffered the way he did. I will always remember Freddie as a good friend, an honest and courageous man - especially towards the end of his life - a man who was very, very special for thousands of people. And you know, thousands of people cannot be wrong."
"That was the kind, caring and generous one. In private Freddie was very different from the outrageous performer you saw onstage. He was so thoughtful. When we were recording in the Abbey Road studio he used to bring in a big hamper packed full with exotic food including caviar, salmon, different cheeses and his favourite Cristal champagne. In private he really was a lovely and caring man. And his generosity went far beyond his closest friends and fellow workers. Total strangers regularly benefited from his kindness.
If something came up on TV about someone in financial trouble he would send off a cheque anonymously through one of his companies. I remember him sending a cheque off a couple who were out of work and whose house had been repossessed. He did things like that so many times.
He would see something on the news or be told about someone's hardship and immediately reach for a chequebook. He liked real people. He may have been larger than life and one of the world's best performers when he was on stage but in private he was very, very human. It's the old story of the comedian who makes everybody laugh on stage, but off stage has a lot of sadness and sensitivity. You must never believe or be taken by the image.
He was like a very rare painting. There will never be another Freddie."