Have you ever wondered how FREDDIE MERCURY reacted the first time he heard VANILLA ICE’s “Ice Ice Baby”? Because his longtime assistant Phoebe Freestone has finally answered that question.
Freddie was eating breakfast one day when it came on the radio, and at first, he thought he was just hearing “Under Pressure” . . . the QUEEN / DAVID BOWIE song Vanilla Ice pilfered for his track.
But then, Phoebe says, quote, “He suddenly stopped, frowning . . . He started listening intently and couldn’t believe his ears. He was smiling when he said that he couldn’t believe what he was hearing . . . a blatant rip-off.
“He got hold of [his manager], who was already on the case and left it at that, always remembering that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Queen and Bowie ultimately got a co-credit on the song and a financial settlement.