Freddie Mercury Online, one of the biggest Instagram fan pages dedicated to the Queen icon Freddie Mercury, has revealed the story behind a rare photoshoot of Mercury in the glorious dress of a king while referring to his extreme wish, to be buried with all his treasures, just like the Pharaohs.
The fan page, which has over 63k followers on Instagram, has recently come up with a special photo of Freddie Mercury, which was used as a life-size cardboard cut-out for ‘The Great Pretender‘ video in 1987.
According to the page, the photographer, Peter Hince, attributed the shot’s origins to a night when he received a phone call from Freddie saying he was on his way over because he wanted a private photo taken.
It was stated that as well as being used for ‘The Great Pretender’ music video, this image was later used as the poster for ‘The Freddie Mercury Photographic Exhibition.’ The admin of the page also inserted a quote of Mercury to accompany the extremity of his pose.
In the quotation, which clearly shows Freddie’s demand for fame and wealth, Mercury states that he’d like to be buried with all his treasures, just like the monarchs of ancient Egypt, Pharaohs. If he could afford it, he’d have a pyramid built in Kensington in his honor, the legend said.
‘The Great Pretender’ is a popular song recorded by The Platters, with Tony Williams on lead vocals, and released as a single in November 1955. The song reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top 100, and No. 5 on the UK charts.
Furthermore, ‘The Great Pretender’ has been covered by a number of singers, most notably by Freddie Mercury, whose version reached No. 4 on the UK charts. Sam Cooke’s cover of the song is believed to have inspired Chrissie Hynde to name her band The Pretenders.
Here’s what was said in the recent post of the fan page:
“Freddie photographed by ‘Peter Hince’ in 1987❤️.
‘I’d like to be buried with all my treasures, just like the Pharaohs. If I could afford it, I’d have a pyramid built in Kensington.’ — Freddie Mercury.
While this shot was used as a life-size cardboard cut-out for the ‘The Great Pretender’ video in 1987, photographer Peter Hince attributes its origins to a night when he received a phone call from Freddie saying he was on his way over because he wanted a private photo taken.
Freddie turned up with friend Joe Fanelli, his driver, and this cape proclaiming ‘I want some fun, dear. I suppose it’s about time I did this, play the old Queen.'”
The admin of the page continued:
“As well as being used for ‘The Great Pretender’ video, this image was later also used as the poster image for ‘The Freddie Mercury Photographic Exhibition’.
Lmao, I love how extra he was. And of course, this outfit was made for him, no one else can rock a royal crown and cape like Mr. Mercury, our queen❤️.”
You can see the post and the aforementioned music video below.