#1072 FREDDIE MERCURY & JIMI HENDRIX Home/Death Locations – Jordan The Lion Daily Travel Vlog (7/14/19) London

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hello my friends it's your old pal Jordan the lion coming to you from Kensington here in London England and if you know this area and you know the word Kensington you know exactly what we're gonna vlog today everybody has been asking me to do this so we're gonna do it today we're gonna go see the house and the official grave marker stone of one of the greatest showmen in rock and roll history a man who when he was on stage you couldn't look away he was just that captivating and yet his very first performance ever he did with his back to the audience performing jailhouse rock by Elvis Presley we are right around the corner from the death home and the last place that Freddie Mercury called home let's go well you can't see much beyond this very very very tall gate with spikes on top of it but that house beyond there was Freddy's house and that he loved a house that was now it's the home of Mary Austin who was his longtime love he considered her his live-in wife or his common-law wife but they were just so great friends that Freddy really felt like she was the only person he ever really considered a friend and so his jaunt into music was not a common one Freddie actually never really had the dreams of being a singer he got into it much later in life he went and saw a band called smile who had a couple of the members of what would become his band queen they were in that group Freddie went to see them and not being in the group he was actually seeing all over their harmony parts at their show and so this was kind of a spark that led him to believe that hey maybe I should do music maybe I should get into this and so eventually he would do his own band and the band wouldn't be quite what he wanted so he would eventually find out that smile broke up and he would get the members of smile Brian May to come and join the band with him and they called it queen so Roger Taylor and Brian May joined the band they found John Deacon and that became Queen and Queen was kind of a risky name at the time because everybody knew really what that meant here in London that was like kind of a homosexual term or it was something that was kind of a derogatory term but Freddie liked the name and that's what they went with now it's sad to me is that I feel like a lot of people really have gotten all over the Freddie Mercury bandwagon because of Bohemian Rhapsody but they really should be on the Freddie Mercury bandwagon because his music was amazing his voice was incredible he actually believed that the reason that he could sing and hit so many notes was that he thought he had four extra teeth in the back of his mouth and that that stretched his palate and he believed that that helped him attain those so when you hear him do all these wonderful songs like somebody to love and Bohemian Rhapsody and I wish we could see more crazy little thing called love and everything that was you know that great voice that brought those songs to life and they still say his last performance was considered the greatest performance of all time and they definitely captured that in the Bohemian Rhapsody movie even though I'm not a big fan of the movie I think it was a well done movie but I really really wanted to see more history of Queen you know like how the band formed his relationship with Queen not so much as personal life but sadly we're gonna talk personal life we do have to save it you know in 1987 Freddie was diagnosed with AIDS not hiv/aids and so they knew his time was limited and even though word would leaked out to the press that he had this he would deny it and he actually didn't ever come out until the day before he died he basically made a statement saying that he had it and then he passed away the next day at the age of 45 now what's really sad is that Queen finally you know I feel like maybe even with Wayne's world started to get there do people start to realize how great the music really was because they did well when they were around when they were performing but not as well as they should have and a lot of people believe that the reason that that was was because they thought that Freddie had changed his look at one point and he went to what was in the homosexual community called a clone look which was short hair a mustache he got rid of his long hair got rid of that rock-and-roll look and a lot of people believe that was kind of what stalled some of their sales for me I love news of the world sheer heart attack a Night at the Opera at day three says those are all phenomenal albums and that's about as much of the house as we're gonna be able to see unfortunately so even though while Freddie was alive Mary did fall in love and did move on and it apparently did hurt his feelings but he did always consider her his closest friend and so when he passed away he left the house and quite a bit of his estate to Mary and I believe Mary still lives there and had actually lived there with her family so it's not just a house that she owns it's a house that she has used and here you can see they have a big sheet of plastic in front of the door so people can't do graffiti but people leave little messages for Freddie I love clean so I guess this is as close as we can get to taking a picture in front of Freddie Mercury's house I guess we can take a picture in front of the door here on the other side you can see there's all kinds of razor wire and Freddie's musical life was not just confined to Queen he did do solo albums during that time that he was alive too but nothing quite has been remembered quite like his queen days and I think that's really obvious I mean it was a four-piece that had phenomenal songs I mean it was somewhere between rock-and-roll metal show tune the Tin Pan Alley I mean he kind of they really mixed everything in they had that phenomenal guitar sound of Brian Mays Freddie's incredible voice Roger Taylor had this amazing backing voice I mean they just they really had everything on top of being phenomenal showman on stage so now we're gonna make our way off to the cemetery and see if we can't find that memorial for Farouk al-shara Freddie Mercury's real name so I just walked past another blue plaque and I don't know the whole story of Michael McGowan theatre but I did have to kind of chuckle a little bit right away because this was a drama school here it says the oldest Drama School in the UK and it's called lambda it's about a block away from Freddie Mercury's flat is the oldest Drama School in the UK and I believe Brian May is the one that introduced Freddie to Mary Austin he was very very instrumental also in getting Bohemian Rhapsody made he was a very vocal and who was going to portray Freddie I know at one point Sacha Baron Cohen Borat was supposed to be Freddie and then they decided to go in a different direction I wondered as I watched that movie what Freddie Mercury himself would think of a movie in the performances and everything I wonder if he would have approved of that movie being made the reason I kind of wonder that is because people like Frank Zappa didn't even want to be remembered for anything other than just the music alone he'd even have a headstone yeah he just said I don't need to be remembered as long as the record survived and even if they don't who cares I would have loved to include the Wembley Stadium as part of this because Freddie made such a big impact there but it's not the same Wembley they rebuilt it I think the true measure of how great Queen was is that whenever I've met anyone in my life I don't think I've ever met anybody that told me they didn't like Queens music and in fact in a couple of days we have been invited to go to a concert and the drummer of that band has told me that Queen was his favorite band that would be Eric singer the drummer of KISS for the last what 25 30 years I just love the flats here look there's even a lion check that out actually realized we're going to be passing right by the death site of another famous musician so we'll stop there along the way to the cemetery nice if not Oh gothic Church st. John's Church was built in 1845 in the early English Gothic style by John of Hargreaves Stevens and George Alexander this site on the summit of Notting Hill had formerly been a viewpoint for spectators at the center of the Hippodrome racecourse huh so used to be a hotel right here back in the early 70s and it was at this hotel at this address it would been 22 Lansdowne Crescent that Jimi Hendrix was found dead now that's a really bizarre story I don't you know I still don't really know what to make of it the official story is that he did drugs drank wine and choked on his own vomit but people that knew Jimmy said that that wasn't Jimmy Jimmy was like not a guy who abused drugs he was somebody who you know if somebody offered him drugs might take a hit but didn't abuse them and yeah it was sad he was here with his girlfriend he had woken up played guitar and and then next thing you know he's dead the speculation by a lot of people is that Jimmy had a kind of a crooked manager who saw that you know whether Jimmy was alive or dead this guy would make money because he had a bulk of Jimmy's publishing and so a lot of people have speculated that that guy had a heavy hand in whatever it was that took Jimmy's life at this address but guess we will really never know because that man died a few years later and it was never really heavily investigated although there are documentaries that go into it they do back up the claim that it does seem very suspicious so would have been right here where Jimmy Hendrix was found dead alright back on our route Wow check out the architecture on that I love that [Applause] Wow that is their fire station look it's a space invader I wouldn't want to swim in that jeez well here we are very interesting cemetery now as I understand that Freddie didn't want particularly a ceremony or a grave or anything so I'm not sure that his ashes are here where the plaque is I read online that people have said that that usually means that the ashes were scattered in that area but I believe it was a promise to Freddie that Mary would never reveal where his ashes were and who knows she very well may have them buried with her when she passes away but I do know she did have a little commemoration ceremony out here for this very low-key so we'll find it in pair respects kind of interesting how people decide to do their plots here this one has stained glass I was walking by this and I just stopped to read it because there was so much written on there and the more I read it says Joseph Manton he's a great artist in the art of firearms that ever the world produced as the founder and the father of the modern gun trade that has a most scientific inventor huh quite a life he led I'm still looking for it here's the mausoleum of the Duke of Cambridge there's a sleeping lion here's the mausoleum of General Sir John Atchinson kind of interesting about this cemetery is a lot of the headstones will say went to sleep you know or basically tells the manner of death okay this one this is an angel with the arms and the head off I think I have an answer so originally there was a plaque here that was signed fruit lisara with freddie mercury's birth and death dates it said forever and always with you my love signed em but apparently a news magazine reported when someone founded it used to be right here and they said like a week later it was removed so but I know this has to be it I see the Queen crown there so he didn't want anybody to know where he was buried so I highly doubt that he was buried here I think this was probably just a memorial but who knows some of his friends have said they think he's buried at his home under the cherry tree some people believe backward in Zanzibar who knows regional placard was right here right in between these two names my original thought on coming out here was that if they were a plaque here then it you know I took that as kind of a sign that it's okay to come visit but then once I got out here and I actually found that and there was no plaque there I started looking online reading up and saw that it was removed now I understand it's you know I guess they didn't want anybody to know so that nobody would come and try and do anything disrespectful well I think we're gonna call it a day here from London have a great night everyone go listen to some Queen enjoy Freddie Mercury's music the genius that was in there the beautiful voice the great theatrics on stage don't let it be forgotten have a great night we'll see you all tomorrow goodbye

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