Frequent contributor Gilles LeBlanc took a poll on the greatest frontman of all time. The result comes just in times for the premiere of the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which opens Friday. This story appears in the Toronto Star.
They preen, they croon, they strut. They are the greatest rock bands in the world. We all have our favourites. But can we agree there can be only one greatest frontperson of all time?
According to a recent Canadian poll asking fans to name their choice for the greatest frontperson ever — living or dead, male or female — Queen’s Freddie Mercury is the undisputed winner.
More than 100 names were submitted to the poll (found on Canadian radio personality Alan Cross’ website, AJournalOfMusicalThings.com), although some were automatically disqualified — from joke entries such as David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap to solo artists who don’t actually front a band, such as Ed Sheeran.
Among the legitimate qualifiers, Mercury definitely rocked the vote, garnering a cool 26 percent of the more than 650 entries. His tally was well over three times higher than second-place finisher Gord Downie.
Why all the love for someone who hasn’t been with us for more than a quarter century, and who last graced the stage with Queen in 1986?