ATTENTION ALERT! We have just received a special message sealed inside a bottle. The front side is labeled ‘12/15/16 – ????’ and provides no explanation about the date. The message has been taken out and it reads,
‘An All-Star concert was held at Wembley Stadium in London in memory of Freddie Mercury on April 20th, 1992’.
So…that was rather interesting. A Freddie Mercury concert that was held at Wembley Stadium in London. What does this even mean? Does this clue hold a real meaning to the secret category? And what’s the new date have anything to do with it?
Well for starters, let’s back up a bit and discuss what this clue entails. Freddie Mercury was the lead singer for Queen, a popular rock band that started in the 1970s. Mercury had a flamboyant stage persona and was considered one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Some of his most infamous songs he wrote for Queen were Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and other famous hits.
Decades after Queen’s success, Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987. He made very few appearances on stage after his diagnosis. His health was slowly deteriorating and died at the age of 45 on November 24th, 1991. It has been years after his death and Freddie’s work with Queen remains relevant to this day.
After Mercury’s death, thee remaining members of Queen established The Mercury Phoenix Trust in April 1992 as a tribute for him. These members also organized The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness that took place on April 20th, 1992 (same date that is on the note!). The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness looked to raise funds for AIDS research in hopes of finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. It was held on Easter Monday for an audience of 72,000 in London.
The first half provided short sets of Queen’s music from bands that were heavily influenced by their work. Such bands included Extreme, Metallica, Def Leppard, and Guns N’Roses. Several video clips honoring Freddie Mercury’s work were shown while roadies changed the stage for certain bands performing. In the second half of the show, three of the remaining members of Queen (John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor) performed alongside with guest singers and guitarists. Some of these special guests included Elton John, Seal, Paul Young, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, and many other famous musicians.
And there you have it, that’s the basic info about the clue inside the bottle. That clue had to do with Freddie Mercury’s tribute concert that happened on April 20th, 1992. After re-reading the clue a few times, we still don’t know where this is leading us. What’s the deal with these special dates? Is there a particular reason why ‘Easter Monday’ was pointed out in the findings?
Music is already one of a few categories on MakeSandcastlesNotWar, so where does that leave us? Could there be a special sub-category of music in the works? As far as we know, no new information has been presented to us other than that message in the bottle. December 15th seems to keep popping up in the riddle since the statements last week. Only thing we can do now is wait to see what’s in store for us next in the coming weeks!