Freddie Mercury to reside perpetually in South Korea statue

A die-hard Queen fan unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Freddie Mercury on Thursday on South Korea’s resort island of Jeju, after an eight-year quest to honor his late hero. The music of British rock band Queen is common in South Korea, a rustic extra related to home-grown Okay-pop dance bands, together with world megastars BTS. Jeju businessman and Queen superfan Baek Quickly-yeob, 57, used to take heed to bootleg recordings of Freddie Mercury-who died of AIDS-related issues in 1991.

Enterprise proprietor Baek Quickly-yeob (proper) and different followers maintain a Ukrainian flag as they pose with a statue (again) of British rock group Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury.

Queen’s music was banned in South Korea within the Seventies by then-military dictator Park Chung-hee’s regime, which thought of it “unsuitable” in an period when males have been additionally barred from rising their hair. Mercury’s songs “stored me going regardless of many hurdles alongside the best way”, Baek advised AFP, including it had been an emotional eight-year effort to construct the statue. “I began emailing Queen’s firm in 2014 asking for a rights approval” to erect the statue, Baek advised AFP.

A fan’s telephone case with footage of members of British rock group Queen is used for a reside stream throughout an occasion the place a statue of lead singer Freddie Mercury was unveiled.

He wrote an e-mail each month however didn’t get a reply for seven years. In early 2020, he lastly acquired a response forward of Queen’s first ever South Korean concert-band members and label officers have been ready to fulfill him in Seoul. That live performance was a results of South Korea’s current fervent embrace of Queen, after almost 10 million individuals watched the 2018 Oscar-winning biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” starring Rami Malek. In a rustic of 51 million individuals, which means roughly a fifth of the inhabitants watched the film in cinemas, the place it grossed $70 million and sat atop field workplace lists for weeks. After receiving approval in 2020, Baek spent 50 million received ($40,000) commissioning the 177-centimetre statue of Mercury clenching his fist, which was lastly unveiled Thursday on the scenic Jeju coast. – AFP



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