The world of music today remembers 35 years since the last live performance of the famous British performer Freddie Mercury, which took place on October 8, 1988 in Barcelona.
The singer performed with the Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé at the La Nit festival in Barcelona, an event where the city received the Olympic torch from Seoul.
The artists performed the song “Barcelona”, one of the anthems of the 1992 Olympic Games, which is part of the album of the same name.
Since 1986, the singer has only been on stage twice, the first in Ibiza in 1987 and the second at the Dominion theater in London with Cliff Richard.
His last concert with Queen was on August 9, 1986 in Knebworth Park, United Kingdom, giving one of his best performances and leaving the legendary image of his yellow military jacket for history.
By 1987, the artist knew the damages of HIV in his body, but he was very smart and managed to hide this secret, until it became very clear.
On October 8, he was seen in public wearing a tuxedo holding hands with Montserrat Caballé, with his face covered with a thick layer of makeup, hiding the signs of his illness.
Brian May, Queen’s guitarist, would say years later that Mercury’s right foot was necrotic from an infection.
His strong voice was affected by his worsening state of health, that night he could not sing live and had to resort to “playback”.
After the performance Freddie Mercury, one of the great voices of music, walked off the stage never to return.
The last public appearance of the singer was the 1990 edition of the Brit Awards at the Dominion Theater in London and on November 24, 1991, he died of bronchopneumonia complicated by HIV-AIDS.