Among Freddie’s closest friends was Elton John, or “Sharon” as Freddie affectionately referred to him [if you were part of the inner circle you were destined to be granted a new title by Freddie: hence assistant Peter Freestone became “Phoebe”, roadie Peter Hince “Rattie”, manager Jim Beach “Sylvia la Plage”, names by which many remain known today].
Conficting touring scheduled meant Freddie and Elton were seldom in the same place at the same time, but on one rare occasion they got to appear on stage together — at Manchester’s Apollo Theater during Elton’s UK tour in late 1982. Not wanting to be outshone on stage by Elton’s baubled and braids, Freddie cunningly borrowed one of Elton’s military styled outfits before joininh him at the piano.”
—— pic & text creds: Freddie Mercury: the great pretender, a life in pictures book.
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