MetalTalk.net recently attended the premiere playback of the new documentary on Freddie Mercury, 'The Great Pretender', which came out on Eagle Vision on September 24th. The event was held at the BAFTA's in central London and was attended by Queen manager Jim Beach and comedians Charlie Higson, Matt Berry, David Baddiel, Bob Mortimer and Noel Fielding as well as invited industry folk and a few select Queen fans.
Each guest was given a limited and rare goody bag which included the Great Pretender DVD, a Freddie Mercury t-shirt with the date of the event printed on the sleeve and four button badges which is certain to be a highly prized collectors item in the years to come and we asked: "Under what pseudonym did Freddie Mercury use for his debut single 'I Can Hear Music' released in 1973?"
The answer of course was Larry Lurex and the winner was MALCOLM BRUCE POYSER. Congratulations Malcolm - your goody bag with DVD is on the way to you.
Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is a well known one but this new film focuses on Freddie Mercury and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen. Using extensive archive footage of interviews with Freddie Mercury, concerts, video shoots and personal material, much of it previously unseen, along with new interviews with friends and colleagues, a portrait emerges of a man who was very different to his flamboyant onstage public persona.
A generous, caring, thoughtful man with a self-deprecating sense of humour and a genuine passion for music. Freddie Mercury touched the lives of millions through his career both with Queen and as a solo performer and this new programme will delight and inform his legions of fans.