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Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), singer with Queen, standing in front of a drumkit as he sings into a microphone on stage during a live concert performance by the band at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom, on 5 June 1982. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

On this day in 1991, Freddie Mercury’s life ended all too soon. While the void he left has and will never be filled, the last thing he’d likely want is for fans the world over to mourn his death. He’d much rather us celebrate his life instead…

…and is there a better way to celebrate the wonder that was Freddie Mercury than by revisiting Queen’s classic performance from Live Aid in 1985? We think not.

No space on that stage at Wembley Stadium wasn’t touched by his strut. Every single note he sung was perfect. And that wide shot of the sprawling crowd clapping along to “Radio Ga Ga” is chill-inducing.

The only thing on par with this performance was its nearly shot-for-shot recreation in the Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights