PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 09:01, Sat, Sep 5, 2020
Freddie Mercury would have been celebrating his 72nd birthday today (September 5) if he was still alive. But instead, he died in 1991 from complications related to AIDS, in a death which left fans everywhere in turmoil. But remembering his youthful, early years is a good way to move on from the tragedy of his death - and Express.co.uk has all you need to know about his early years with Queen.
In the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, in which Freddie was played by Rami Malek in what turned out to be an Oscar-winning performance, Freddie met his bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May at a gig.
In the movie, he approaches a young Brian and Roger about joining their band, to which they reply: "Not with those teeth, mate."
In the movie, Freddie replies: “I was born with four additional incisors."
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Freddie Mercury - how did he meet Queen? (Image: Getty)
Freddie Mercury and Brian May (Image: Getty)
But did they really meet this way?
Back in 2011, writing for a Google Blog, Brian explained how the pair really met.
He wrote: “I was first introduced to Freddie Mercury - a paradoxically shy yet flamboyant young man - at the side of the stage at one of our early gigs as the group Smile."
“He told me he was excited by how we played, he had some ideas - and he could sing!
Queen - the band together backstage (Image: Getty)
“I'm not sure we took him very seriously, but he did have the air of someone who knew he was right.