Queen are one band I truly regret never having seen live. Unfortunately, in my youth, I was extremely susceptible to “having to be cool” whatever that actually means. I thought liking Queen would be perceived as homosexual or something and so never gave them any time.
It’s only in the last 15 years or so I’ve truly discovered and loved them. Now I have all their albums on vinyl, some of which are very rare, including a black vinyl pressing of the Highlander soundtrack of which Queen produced themselves and only released a few (although I don’t know exactly how many).
Freddie truly was Queen. The face and the brains behind their whole image and sound. His compositions were so all encompassing of so many genres (even opera with Bohemian Rhapsody), the mind boggles how someone can be so accomplished in so many different styles.
I have no qualms with his hedonistic view of life either, he had a lot of fun and people loved him for it. A true tragedy that he contracted aids at that time, had it been 10 years later it’s quite likely he’d still be alive.