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Airport Where Freddie Mercury Once Worked Honors The Late Singer On His 72nd Birthday In Epic Fashion ❤️

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.

Atlanta Airport gave a shout-out in appreciation. 

And Mercury fans loved it. 

The original video for the song featured the entire band in drag.

Mustaches and all.

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.

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:

H/T: Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight


Written by Jonna Ivin

Jonna Ivin is the founder of STIR Journal and writer of the essay, I Know Why Poor Whites Chant, Trump, Trump, Trump. She has appeared on NPR, OPB, The Roland Martin Show and KCRW. Jonna is the author of the books Will Love For Crumbs, 8th Amendment, and, Sister Girl. Her writing has been featured in Good Magazine, STIR Journal, The Establishment, and xoJane. Twitter @jonnaivin