Several years ago I wrote about stage presence and directly referred to Freddie Mercury. Yesterday I discovered an interview Freddie did with Entertainment Tonight back in 1982 where he dove deeper into what he was constructing both with that presence and with Queen as a whole. He described how his attitude shifted onstage depending on the content and beat of the song: some of their work is bawdy (cut to a clip of him gyrating onstage) or a power ballad (cut to a clip of him clinging to the microphone and singing his heart out).
Freddie was very intentional with his costumes and attitude and it’s fascinating to watch him go into detail about it. I’ll let Freddie speak for himself: