Hard Rock Philadelphia to Host Freddie For A Day Celebration

By Ashley Paskill on September 2, 2018

Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Café is one of several Hard Rocks celebrating the legendary frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hard Rock Philly is on Market Street at Jefferson Station, so it is a train or subway ride away from Temple’s campus and easy to get to for a late lunch or early dinner between classes. Join Queen fans all over the world to celebrate Freddie while helping to make a difference. Each Hard Rock location will be doing different things, but here is what will be taking place at the Philadelphia location.

About Freddie For A Day

Freddie For A Day is a celebration that takes place to celebrate Freddie Mercury’s birthday on September 5. While many celebrate the day of, like Hard Rock, there are celebrations that take place, including a huge birthday party for Freddie in Switzerland and a concert by Almost Queen, a Queen tribute band, in Brooklyn, New York. These celebrations are aimed at raising awareness of and funds for Mercury Phoenix Trust.

The Mercury Phoenix Trust was formed by Brian May and Roger Taylor after Freddie died of complications from AIDS. The organization seeks to help those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and fund research to one day find a cure to the disease that has impacted so many people.

“All of us at the Trust are delighted to be extending our relationship with Stephen Judge and his team as Hard Rock Cafes go global with ‘Freddie For A Day,’” said Claudia Walker, head of the Mercury Phoenix Trust. “What a wonderful way to celebrate Freddie’s life and at the same time raise funds for the charity set up in his name to fight AIDS worldwide.”

Items for Sale

One the day of the Hard Rock celebrations, there will be wearable mustaches for sale for $2 and Freddie For A Day pins for sale for $14. All proceeds from the mustaches and 10% of the proceeds from the pins go to support the Mercury Phoenix Trust. The Cafes will also feature Freddie-inspired cocktails, as he was a fan of champagne and vodka.

Other Fun Happenings

At the Philadelphia Hard Rock, fans can come in their best Freddie costumes to be entered in a Freddie costume contest. Costume contests will take place for customers and employees. There will also be a photo booth set up with Freddie-inspired props and Queen music will be played throughout the day to help set the mood.

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