Last month, Live For Live Music shared its 11 music-related activities to help folks maintain their sanity during nationwide lockdowns and state-sanctioned quarantines. The list included pointers of maintaining a stable emotional balance like learning a new instrument, jamming along with roommates, watching music documentaries, and more. One man in Britain came up with his own music-related activity to pass the time stuck at home: recreating some of Freddie Mercury‘s iconic performance antics.
A video uploaded to YouTube over the weekend by user felicity griffiths depicting a man recreating the legendary “Ay-Oh” moment from Queen‘s Live Aid performance on July 13th, 1985 in the U.K.’s Wembley Stadium has since reached viral status. The hair-raising moment as part of the famous 1985 benefit show came just after “Radio Ga Ga” and before “Hammer To Fall”, when Mercury decided to play around with his favorite instrument: the audience. All 72,000 fans in the stadium mimicked each of Mercury’s vocal movements, creating a wave of sound unlike any other.
Standing on the roof of his home, this unnamed man recreated the historic rock display using nothing but a broomstick and massive amounts of bottled-up energy. Throughout the video, a dog is heard barking along, which seems only to encourage the performer. Following the YouTube upload, more footage appeared on Twitter. Watch the videos below:
Freddie Mercury Live Aid Recreation
[Video: felicity griffiths]
‘Day 2746439270 and this is what my husband has resorted to’ 😂🔊 pic.twitter.com/iO04P2C4ml
— LADBible (@ladbible) April 11, 2020
For reference, here’s a clip of Mercury’s original performance.
Queen – “Ay-Oh” – 7/13/85
[Video: Queen Forever]