Google is the first one celebrating— with a custom Google Doodle. The post for the festive Google Doodle reads:
“Our doodle celebrating Freddie’s birthday can be seen around the world on September 5 and, out of respect for Labor Day, in the U.S. on September 6. A guitarist and songwriter, Brian May is a founding member of Queen and wrote many of the band’s hits, including “We Will Rock You,” “The Show Must Go On” and “I Want It All.” Brian is also a respected solo artist and one of the founders of Freddie for a Day (www.freddieforaday.com), an organization helping to fight HIV/AIDS globally. – Ed.”
This isn’t the first time Google Doodle has honored a famous author or other known person. Christian Science Monitor mentioned some past authors included Hans Christian Anderson (which Google honored with his flipbook logo), Roger Hargreaves (with a drawing of his 16 different colorful cartoons), and a drawing of the interactive submarine paid tribute to science fiction author Jules Verne. The Doodle has also paid tribute to actress Lucille Ball, guitarist Les Paul, sculptorConstantin Brancusi, and jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.
Queen will also be honoring the late Freddie Mercury and is streaming a continuos version of the band’s legendary 1986 concert at Wembley Stadium on their official YouTube page. The concert will reportedly be streamed for two days and kicked off Monday at 12 a.m. According to www.sfexaminer.com, the show dates back to July 1986 when Queen played London’s Wembley arena for two back to back shows. The video will feature songs, One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In the Lap of the Gods, Seven Seas of Rhye, A Kind of Magic, Another One Bites the Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want to Break Free, Impromptu, Brighton Rock, Now I’m Here, Love of My Life, Is This the World We Created, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are the Champions and God Save the Queen.
Mercury died of AIDS in 1991, at the age of 45.