If you’re looking for a place to party, head to the small island of Ibiza off the coast of Spain. Celebrities and fans from around the world gather each year to pay tribute to Queen’s rock star sensation Freddie Mercury.
The first party was held in 1987 to celebrate the legendary artist’s birthday. Even today, more than 30 years later, people still meet on the first weekend in September for the annual birthday party.
One of the greatest legends of rock and roll
Farrokh Bulsara, later known as Freddie Mercury, was born in Tanzania in 1946. He became one of the greatest legends in music. Known for his flamboyant lifestyle, the British rocker blew his fans away with his four-octave vocal range. As the front man of the classic band Queen, Mercury had a knack for mixing glam rock and heavy metal.
In 1973 the group released their first album, but only with the single “Bohemian Rhapsody” they received worldwide recognition. The song stayed at the top of the UK charts for nine weeks, followed by cult hits like “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You”.
Says Britannica, “By the early 1980s, Queen had become an international phenomenon that drew special attention for its lavishly staged appearances at huge venues.”
Rock Pasta unearthed a rare 1982 Entertainment Tonight interview with Mercury. The legendary rock star said: “I don’t take myself that seriously anymore, not anymore.” Explaining how he loved “having a good time just fooling around on stage,” he said, “I wasn’t afraid of falling on my face.” The Queen frontman told reporters, “When I’m on having fun on stage, I think it somehow comes across what is good. “
Freddie Mercury knew how to party
Known for his lavish lifestyle, Mercury loved partying with friends. In 1985 the fun-loving singer organized an extravagant party at the Henderson Club in Munich. The black and white theme party was in honor of Mercury’s 39th birthday.
Two years later, the “Don’t Stop Me Now” singer chose the Pikes Hotel on the island of Ibiza for his birthday party. Known for its wild parties, including hardcore drugs and uninhibited sexual rendezvous, the hotel has been a regular streak for the Queen frontman.
According to Dangerous Minds, “Mercury flew 700 of his buddies to the island off the coast of Spain” to help him celebrate his 41st birthday. The “Party to End All Parties” was such a hit that it became legendary.
The Pikes Hotel is now called Ibiza Rocks House. Every year the hotel still hosts a birthday party for the legendary rock star. Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, may not be there to join the partygoers, but his spirit will live on forever.
Freddie Rocks Ibiza
It’s been 37 years since Mercury held their epic party at the Pikes Hotel. The celebrations continue and are now a charity event in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a nonprofit that fights fiercely to eradicate HIV.
The participants of the annual event wear exquisite costumes and a party-hard attitude under the motto “Freddie for a Day”. Party-goers can be seen all over the small town wearing a fake black mustache to honor one of the greatest rockers of all time.
The “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” singer was born on September 5, 1946. Mercury is actually celebrating its 75th birthday this year, and according to GayTravel4U, the Freddie Rocks Ibiza party is going to be wild.