Yesterday, July 13, 2015, was the 30th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s legendary, electrifying live performance for Live Aid at Wembley Stadium.

This artist, this performance must

be remembered and celebrated.

Freddie Mercury. 

Performance at Live Aid in July 1985 named the world’s greatest rock gig in an industry poll (BBC News, 2005)

The greatest live band of all time (

Seventh greatest live rock and roll act of all time (Rolling Stone).

Greatest live rock and roll performance of all time. (WatchMoJo).

#18 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) Happy Belated 64th Birthday.

Was it the edgiest music around?

Not really.  There was a place for all that — Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Stones  Joplin, and, of course, the Lizard King — but every year in and around Freddie Mercury’s birthday, I think about of one of the greatest rock and roll singers ever. Freddie Mercury could walk into the world’s biggest venues — the Wembleys and countless other stadiums — and take ownership, assume command. Concerts in front of 100,000 people became intimate get-togethers for a guy who could be in his element in front of 325,000 people.

Stadium rock is easy to make fun of. Not everyone can command the space. Music is lost amidst the mayhem. I once saw the Beatles do it, but the music was lost in the screams.

Freddie Mercury turned stadium rock into high art. He had a soaring voice. He was backed by incredible musicians. He was flamboyant and joyous. He loved being a “front man.”

And right in the middle of it all, he was gone.

This will always be one of my favorite performances. 

July 13, 1985,  Live Aid, Wembley Stadium, London, England. 

Music #1: One of the Greatest Live Rock and Roll Peformers Ever, Freddie Mercury

Some of the purists will be wincing. This wasn’t really rock and roll. It was spectacle. It was pop. No edge. Overproduced. 

Fair enough. All I know is that I loved, and still love, Freddie Mercury and Queen.

I had a hard but rewarding day and, when I got home tonight, I instinctively turned for relaxation  to this excerpt from Queen’s July 13, 1985 Live Aid concert appearance at Wembley Stadium in London, England. 

Freddie Mercury — an original, a character, and one of the greatest stadium performers ever.   In fact, this specific peformance has, in several polls of rock critics, been voted among the greatest live performances ever. Did any of you ever see him perform live? I didn’t.

This excerpt from the concert includes Bohemian Rhapsody and Radio Ga Ga.

Freddie Mercury  1946 – 1991