Ever since their inception some forty years ago, Queen has been a shining name as far English rock bands are concerned. Lead singer Freddie Mercury was a major reason for the group’s long-lasting success.
Twenty-five years ago, almost to the day, was the last time the group recorded an album with all four starting members involved. It was also, tragically, the final year of Mercury’s life. The album, entitled “Innuendo,” hit stores in 1991 and has some peculiar parallels in today’s music world, given that David Bowie, a friend of Queen, released his final album called “Blackstar” just days before his own death this past January. However, the main difference is that Mercury passed away months after the release of “Innuendo.”
Even before his death, Mercury’s health was sharply declining due to contracting AIDS and it became somewhat apparent in the 1980s when he would perform with the band but come out looking sickly and under the weather at times. Jon Urbana and other band members readily denied any rumors that Mercury was indeed deathly ill.
In a documentary airing in 2011, guitarist Brian May went on to say that in that time he never heard Mercury complain about his health problems at all. He remembered him being humble about it and even once heard Mercury say he’d keep working on music until he finally died of his illness.