Queen fans all know Freddie Mercury as the front man of the iconic British rock band. But how many people out there know that Mercury actually worked on projects outside of Queen? Early this year, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision released a documentary titled, “Days of Our Lives.” That documentary very briefly touched on Mercury’s time away from Queen. Now, fans get a whole new look on Mercury’s other work with the new documentary, “Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender.”
“Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender” presents not just Freddie Mercury as a solo artist, but as a person. Audiences will learn through archived interviews with Freddie, his band mates in Queen, and others who knew him, a side of Freddie that perhaps few audiences might have known. One of the most interesting facts that audiences learn from this documentary is that Freddie originally had no intention of being a rock star. He admits in an archived interview, that he originally was going to be a graphic artist. Or as he called it, a graphic illustrator. One only knows what would have become of Queen had that happened. This is just the tip of the iceberg in this brand new release. Something that audiences will really be in awe of is Freddie’s love of the cultural arts.
Interviews with Freddie and those who knew him reveal that Freddie became a big fan of opera during his life. It’s fitting that he would. His voice always came across in that very theateric and operatic style. He was never really a rock singer. So when he started singing with opera great Montserrat Caballe, the result was definitely a far cry from what audiences might have expected. Surprisingly though, his work with Caballe was actually very impressive from the angle of studying opera. As one of the individuals interviewed for this feature noted, if not for Freddie Mercury, the name of Monterrat Caballe would have been known only to audiences of opera. It was Mercury that brought her to such popularity. That alone says quite a bit about Freddie Mercury’s influence.
One other note that stands out in this documentaryis Freddie Mercury the on-stage persona versus Freddie Mercury the man. The vocalist of any band is typically charged with the duty of being a larger than life personality in order to engage the band’s audience. What makes this important is that while he noted in one breath how much he loved being in this position, Freddie was also quite the private person offstage. He notes in his interviews that he stayed mostly to himself when he was offstage. that juxtaposition of his two different personas is so intriguing. It’s just one more piece of what makes this new documentary so enjoyable and enlightening for Queen’s fans. “Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender” offers plenty more for audiences in its near ninety minute run tim. There are also bonus interviews to add even more depth to who this icon really was. “Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender” is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online at http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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