Baggage handlers at London’s Heathrow airport put on a Queen-inspired performance in honor of Freddie Mercury’s 72nd birthday.
Freddie Mercury would have turned 72 on September 5th if he hadn’t contracted AIDS. Or maybe he still would have died at the age of 45--being a singer in the ‘80s didn’t exactly provide artists with a particularly long lifespan.
Nonetheless, Freddie Mercury made a lasting impact in the short about of time he was on Earth. So much so that a bunch of airport baggage handlers decided to put on a tribute performance in honor of Mercury’s 72nd birthday.
We’re pretty sure that 20th Century Fox may have put the idea in their heads, but we’ll focus on the baggage handlers for now.
Way back before Mercury was in Queen, he was a baggage handler at London’s Heathrow airport. He was then known as a quiet, reserved kid who had an intense love of music. And in celebration of his old stomping grounds, the baggage handlers all got dressed up in Mercury’s signature white pants, yellow jacket, and distinctive mustache to perform a dance number to Queen’s “I Want To Break Free”.
They even posted it to the airport’s Twitter page.
Today, members of our baggage team along with British Airways colleagues performed a tribute at T5 Arrivals to one-time Heathrow baggage handler Freddie Mercury, in support of @The_MPT! #ForeverFreddie #BohemianRhapsody pic.twitter.com/73l9aZM7ve— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) September 5, 2018
The impromptu performance was held at Terminal 5 Arrivals and judging by the fact there weren’t a whole lot of people around it was probably held in the wee hours of the morning. A bunch of airport employees performing to Queen would usually draw quite the crowd in an airport the size of Heathrow.
British Airways sponsored the event and even had an extra gift for anyone named Fred, Freddie, Frederick, or Farrokh (which was actually Mercury’s birth name). Those who shared a version of Freddie’s name all got free access to British Airway’s first-class lounge.
But of course, nothing with this kind of editing budget ever happens spontaneously. The last bit of the video is a clear advertisement for Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming biopic about the life of Mercury leading up to his performance at Live Aid 1985. The movie comes out November 2nd, so mark your calendars to get some killer Queen music in your life.