Freddie Mercury, frontman for the 1970-founded supergroup Queen, would have turned 72 on Wednesday.
To celebrate the singer’s amazing career and talent, baggage handlers and British Airways employees at London’s Heathrow Airport filmed a mini routine set to Queen’s 1984 hit “I Want to Break Free.” The airport posted the video on Twitter.
But, aside from Mercury’s phenomenal talent, why did Heathrow create the tribute? And why did they single out baggage handlers?
Because Farrokh Bulsara, who adopted the stage name Freddie Mercury, once held a job as a baggage handler at Heathrow before rocketing to stardom as Queen’s lead singer.
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
Atlanta Airport gave a shout-out in appreciation.
— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) September 5, 2018
And Mercury fans loved it.
Wow Awesome!!!!! ????? pic.twitter.com/UeDaKjCtzo
— Ana Monteiro (@ana_cfmonteiro) September 6, 2018
— nvideafactory (@nvideafactory) September 5, 2018
I absolutely loved it guys #awesome
— Rubybabes (@Rubybabes007) September 5, 2018
This is so fun!
— Audrey Adair-Keene (@AudreyAdair) September 6, 2018
The original video for the song featured the entire band in drag.
Mustaches and all.
And that’s what music can do, put a smile ? on your face!
— David PR (@ReicDavid) September 6, 2018
— Jill Dyson (@VSHead) September 8, 2018
— ⚡️Deborah Moltisanti ?? (@silverdoe25) September 8, 2018
Mercury’s iconic yellow coat, featured in the Heathrow tribute, is best remembered from the Live Aid concert in 1985.
Queen arguably stole the show at the benefit concert at Wembley Stadium in London.
— Melissa Simon (@simonlex) September 7, 2018
Can’t love this enough.
— Mel (@MelRDT) September 6, 2018
This is awesome tribute.
— Dr Deepak Deshpande (@ddtimes) September 6, 2018
You can watch the official video for “I Want to Break Free” from the 1984 Queen album The Works here:
Folks are gearing up for the Queen biopic film Bohemian Rhapsody due out November 2, 2018.
Watch the official trailer here: