“Freddie would have been 65 this year, and even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever,” wrote Queen guitarist Brian May in a special Google Blog. “Freddie made the last person at the back of the furthest stand in a stadium feel that he was connected. He gave people proof that a man could achieve his dreams—made them feel that through him they were overcoming their own shyness, and becoming the powerful figure of their ambitions. And he lived life to the full. He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come.”
The birthday event also acted as a key focal point in the worldwide campaign Freddie For A Day, which launched last year through the global Queen fan base. Started by a handful of fans who decided it would be fun to dress as Freddie for a day and coerce sponsorship from family and friends for doing so, donating whatever they would raise to the MPT, no one could have imagined the extraordinary response which followed. Fans from 24 countries around the world – from Argentina to Ukraine, jumped on the idea to join in.
Among the items auctioned at Monday’s event were a “Freddie customized” Lotus Evora “S” Class sports car, a Raymond Well watch, an acoustic guitar from the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert signed by among others David Bowie, George Michael, Brian May, Roger Taylor and Cindy Crawford, and a Brian May Burns Red Special guitar signed and donated by Nelson Mandela on behalf of his charity.
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