National Public Radio (NPR) has published an on-air and a written story about Freddie Mercury of Queen. And who was one of the sources they used? None other than Adam Lambert! It’s a tremendous compliment and even more, it’s solid affirmation that he’s respected by the mainstream media and that Adam is someone to be taken seriously.
The following is the first part of the story, but go here for the complete story, plus you can hear the radio version and its transcript, where they interview Adam about Freddie. Today is a perfect day to post this, because it would have been Freddie’s 64th birthday! Happy Birthday Freddie!!
Click here for another NPR article quoting Adam on Freddie Mercury. It was probably from the same interview.
I wonder if he’s being sourced for high school and college papers yet?
~ Carol ~
From NPR on August 30, 2010:
Freddie Mercury chose a stage name in perfect harmony with his voice.
The mercurial rock star and lead singer of Queen was born Farrokh Bulsara on the East African island of Zanzibar on Sept. 5, 1946. The Bulsaras were Parsi — a group with ties to ancient Persia. Both his parents were from India.
The film Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story portrays him as an artist who mastered his craft in the West, but came of age in the East. To hear it in Mercury’s music, director Rudi Dolezal points to the song “Mustapha,” from Queen’s album Jazz.
“If you listen to a song like ‘Mustapha,’ you think this is very strange,” says Dolezal. “What kind of cultural influences, where does it come from?”
“If you know that Freddie was born in Zanzibar, then went to India, then came to London, which was like a culture shock, then you can see that it was multiculturalism that was combined in Freddie Mercury and the way he used his voice,” Dolezal says.
Mercury’s voice was untrained and unpredictable, sometimes soaring from an earthy baritone to a wild but heavenly tenor.
“It’s supersexy,” says American Idol star Adam Lambert. He spent hours upon hours listening to Queen, trying to figure out how Mercury did it. And when he auditioned for Idol, he sang Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“Freddie’s voice has so much texture to it,” Lambert says. “He kind of grabs at everything, he squeezes it.”
Again, you can get the whole story here.