Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Birthday, Freddie X0X0

Today would've been your 65th birthday. Has it really been 20 years since you've been gone?? I still remember where I was when I heard the news. My dear friend Cliff and I were sitting on the floor of my studio apartment in Chicago smoking cigars and listening to music. Turned on the radio and there was the news like a raw slap in the face. I was losing so many friends to the early AIDS epidemic and I remember how I felt when I first saw the gaunt pictures of him. I felt such a knot in my gut thinking that he, too, was suffering from the madness of this disease. It was hard watching him try to keep his privacy and battling against the tabloids. So much seething intolerance and bigotry. I hoped he was surrounded by love and acceptance instead of the judgment and abandonment experienced by so many of my friends. I'm glad Jim and Mary were with him in the end. 

He was an incredible spirit and showman. Who Wants to Live Forever and Somebody to Love are two of my favorite songs along with We Are the Champions and so many more.  I still remember how blown away I was to see them play in the mid 70's as a kid.  The whole stadium was on fire.  You are still so sorely missed.  You and Jim are finally together.  We'll see you again x0x0x

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  2. KAMI!! I just sent you an email that got bounced back. Please reach me at steppenwolf7(at) when you get the chance!

    LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!