Freddie Mercury: His Life in Pictures

New book 'The Great Pretender' features rare photos of the Queen singer
Snowdon, Queen Productions Ltd.

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In 1992, British comedian Rhys Thomas attended his first concert: an all-star tribute to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury at London's Wembley Stadium. "The atmosphere when everyone sang 'We Are the Champions' was unbelievable," Thomas says. "I came away obsessed. I started buying all the Queen albums with my pocket money. Until I was 16 or 18, all I did was buy Queen videos and albums."

As an adult, Thomas has produced several Queen concert DVDs, written the liner notes to the band's reissued albums and directed the new documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender. Most recently, he wrote the foreword for a book of photographs by the same name. Read on for 15 of the book's best pictures of Freddie Mercury, along with Thomas' commentary.

By James Sullivan

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