The Song Freddie Mercury Wrote For John Lennon
As most Queen fans probably know, Freddie Mercury was a unique individual with extraordinary talent. Many people barely understood him and thought he was a bit strange, but in reality, he was just misunderstood. His vocal range set him apart from other lead vocalists. His ability to blend high and low notes harmoniously and with tremendous precision made him stand out from his peers. His talent was unlike any other.
He was known to be someone who only discussed his own work. He was focused and wanted to achieve great things with his music. However, there was one person in the industry whom he admired the most, John Lennon. Mercury saw Lennon as one of the few with enough power to influence a new generation of musicians. He was a massive fan of the Beatles icon, so his death was quite hard for him to fathom. The Queen icon did what he did best and wrote a song to commemorate the late Beatle.
Freddie Mercury Wrote A Song To Commemorate John Lennon
British musician John Lennon, known for huge success with the Beatles, was shot outside his New York residence on the evening of December 8, 1980. He was killed by an angry Beatles fan who was offended by Lennon’s lifestyle. After his tragic death, the music industry suffered the loss of an outstanding musician. Queen performed his legendary song ‘Imagine’ as a tribute act to Lennon on tour. However, Freddie Mercury decided to produce something that would stand the test of time.
Mercury decided to write a song to honor one of his biggest inspirations. ‘Life Is Real (Song for Lennon)‘ was dedicated to the late Beatle. The song was released on May 21, 1982, as part of the band’s tenth studio album titled ‘Hot Space.’ The song is heartbreaking in the way the lyrics portray raw emotion, where Freddie Mercury showcased his realization that John Lennon had indeed passed away.
The Queen singer also passed away on November 24, 1991, from complications of AIDS, which added the song another meaning. The song has been performed consistently by remaining band members throughout tours as an homage to both Mercury and Lennon and their legacy.
You can listen to ‘Life Is Real (Song for Lennon)’ below.