On September 5 the Hard Rock Café began a week long celebration to salute the legendary rocker Freddie Mercury. This year the lead singer for the iconic band Queen would have been 73 years old had he not died as a result of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 45.


To help kick off Freddie week, the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls, New York featured a performance by Back to the Bars. The western New York band offered up some Queen tunes to salute the iconic singer and band. The Hard Rock Café also featured a special Freddie milkshake complete with a mustache.

After opening the show with a Queen medley and the songs ”Love of My Life”, Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Pressure, and “Don’t Stop Me Now”; the evening’s entertainment featured a variety of songs including”Summer Breeze”, “Golden Slumbers”, a medley of songs by the Electric Light Orchestra, “Baby I Love Your Ways”, “These Eyes”, “Hello, It’s Me”, “How Long Has this Been Going On?”, “Your Smiling Face”, and “Love is the Answer”.

Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bomi Bulsara on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. The former art student joined a band by the name of Smile in 1970. A devout supporter of the British monarchy, he changed the name of the band to Queen as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and designed the band’s logo.