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    A file picture taken on September 18, 1984 showing Rock star Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen, during a concert at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy

    Celebrate Freddy Mercury's 70th Birthday and Find Out Which Queen Song You Are

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    In one of the many greatest hits for the band Queen, Freddie asked the existential question "Who Wants to Live Forever…" and it seems he himself may have unknowingly answered this with a posthumous homage by his former band mates making him literally live forever!

    To uniquely commemorate the 70th anniversary of the rock icon's birth, this week Freddie's fellow vocalist and also lead guitarist from Queen announced on YouTube the naming of an asteroid in outer space, called 17473FreddieMercury:

    The video announcement was shown on screen at the Freddie Mercury 70th Birthday Party in Montreux, Switzerland on Sunday 4 September 2016. 

    In announcing Asteroid 17473FreddieMercury, Brian May said:

    "I'm happy to be able to announce that the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center has today designated Asteroid 17473, discovered in 1991, in Freddie's name, timed to honor his 70th birthday. Henceforth, this object will be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury. Published in the September 4th announcements of the Minor Planet Center, operating out of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, this announcement is to recognize Freddie's outstanding influence in the world." 

    And so, whilst the "Bohemian Rhapsody" of Freddie Mercury can now forever be heard all the way from the depths of outer space, we pay our very own homage with a quiz entitled "What Freddie Mercury Song Are You?" — find out below, go on, you know you want to!


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