Did Freddie Mercury forget the words in Hammer to Fall at Live Aid 1985?

FREDDIE MERCURY had impeccable on-stage gravitas and an amazing style - but did he forget the words to Hammer to Fall at Live Aid 1985?

PUBLISHED: 17:04, Mon, Sep 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:05, Mon, Sep 7, 2020

Freddie Mercury died in 1991, but one of his best remembered performances was at Live Aid 1985. At Live Aid he performed unbelievably, and it quickly became one of the defining moments of his and Queen’s career. But some fans believed he forgot the words to one of the biggest songs to be performed on the night.

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Did Freddie Mercury forget the words to Hammer to Fall at Live Aid?

There was a moment during the performance of Hammer to Fall which some of assumed is an example of Freddie forgetting the words.

In the second verse to the song, Freddie is singing his heart out and, on the BBC coverage, is suddenly incredibly close to the screen.

During that time, a whole line was missed out, leading many to believe he forgot the words and just failed to sing the line.

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Freddie Mercury - did he forget the words at Live Aid?Freddie Mercury - did he forget the words at Live Aid? (Image: Getty)

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Instead, what happened was Freddie decided to take his stage bravado to the next level.

So, during the second verse of the song, he began singing towards a BBC cameraman on the stage, even getting right up close to him and putting his arm around his waist.

The crowd roared as he did this, and clearly it became something which he particularly impressed fans with.

However, it did cost him a couple lines of the song.

Freddie Mercury on stage with a cameraman in the backgroundFreddie Mercury on stage with a cameraman in the background (Image: Getty)

He sang the first two lines perfectly, after which he sang the third line in a

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