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24 Pictures That Prove Freddie Mercury Was The Ultimate Rock Star

"I always knew I was a star. And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me." — Freddie Mercury

Posted on May 16, 2018, at 5:28 p.m. ET

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Queen performs in Berlin on April 28, 1978.

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Brian May (left), John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor, and Freddie Mercury of Queen, sit for a portrait before being presented with silver, gold, and platinum discs for sales in excess of 1 million for their hit single "Bohemian Rhapsody," on Sept. 8, 1976, in London.

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Mercury in his dressing room with a makeup artist just before going onstage at his London concert in 1974.

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Queen rehearses for their first major tour on July 8, 1973.

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Drummer Roger Taylor and singer Freddie Mercury perform at the Playhouse in Edinburgh on Sept. 1, 1976.

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Queen in Tokyo on April 22, 1975.

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Mercury performs at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 1977.

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Left: Drummer Roger Taylor performs at Madison Square Garden in 1977. Right: Mercury onstage in 1975.

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Backstage during Queen's US tour in January 1977.

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Mercury makes his way through a group of fans on Oct. 31, 1978.

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Queen at the reception celebrating their record A Night at the Opera going double platinum in 1979.

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Mercury gets training from a ballet instructor in August 1979.

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Queen performs in concert, circa 1977.

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Mercury has his mustache groomed in 1982.

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Mercury holds a solo press conference in Sydney to launch his first solo album, Mr. Bad Guy, in 1985.

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Mercury performs with Queen in Munich on Nov. 1, 1979 (left), and in London on Sept. 5, 1984 (right).

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Queen performs in Stockholm in 1985.

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The crowds at Knebworth Park in Knebworth, England, await Queen to take the stage on Aug. 9, 1986.

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Left: Fans at the Queen concert in Slane Castle, Ireland, on May 7, 1986. Right: Mercury arrives at the Knebworth Festival by helicopter on Aug. 9, 1986.

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Mercury performs with Queen at the Knebworth Festival on Aug. 9, 1986.


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