In 1979, they bought Mountain Studios, where they did much of their recording.
Though Mercury died 25 years ago this month, a visitor today need only go slightly beneath the surface to find his spirit throughout the town.
“The band spent as much time as possible in the studio during this period,” says Julia Tames, media and communications representative for Montreux Riviera, the local tourist office where I checked in.
“But if you wanted to record an album, it was perfect.” Montreux began to appeal to Mercury once he had accepted his AIDS diagnosis in 1987, Freestone says.
“At that point, Freddie needed and wanted peace and quiet, and the town could deliver it,” he explains.
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Amanda Loudin Geneva - For the past 50 summers, music lovers have flocked to the banks of Lake Geneva to take in the Montreux Jazz Festival.
“He hated it,” says Peter Freestone, who was Mercury's personal assistant from 1979 until his death in 1991.