Brian May was on hand on Tuesday (April 16th) in Montreux, Switzerland to unveil a new bust of Freddie Mercury outside the city's Queen Studio Experience exhibition. The exhibition is housed in Mountain Studios, which Queen owned between 1979 and 1993, and where the band recorded all or part of their classic albums Jazz, Hot Space, A Kind Of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo, and Made In Heaven.
May posted a photo of himself, sculptor Tom MacKenzie, and MacKenzie's bust of Freddie on Instagram, writing: “Freddie lives!!! Tom MacKenzie – sculptor – and myself, with an amazing bust of Freddie which Tom and his son Grant have created using a mixture of 3-D digital modelling and traditional sculpting skills. They kindly presented this today and will donate this priceless treasure to the Queen Studio Experience exhibition in Montreux, to be enjoyed by all who visit. Amazing! Big Thanks guys!!”
Among the legendary artists to have also recorded at Mountain Studios during Queen's ownership were the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes, David Bowie, AC/DC, Iggy Pop, Brian Ferry, Stan Getz, Nina Simone, and Rick Wakeman, among many others.
Shortly before his 1991 death, Freddie Mercury admitted he was amazed by Queen's longevity and massive global fan base: “I must say, I didn't really think we were going to last that long. You never think about it. You don't get up every morning and think, 'My God, this is going to be over.' You just carry on and come up with fresh ideas and think about what to do. So, as long as we don't take it too seriously. Earlier on we used to take it very seriously and I think it got a bit too serious. And I just thought to myself, we should try and inject some fun into it, y'know?”