Snackpot wrote:How is the July 1982 assertion made, is it solely based on the fact Queen did shows in New York at that time?
Their rationale is that it takes between four and five years for HIV to become AIDS on average, so the summer of 1982 very much fits in with the Easter 1987 AIDS diagnosis. And you're right in that July specifically is because of New York - not only did Queen perform there in July, but a week or two later Freddie returned for another four night stay during a tour break.
They also make mention of the fact that the next time Freddie is in New York is for the Saturday Night Live
performance six weeks later, where he is allegedly in the tail end of a nasty flu bug that he was struggling to get rid of (I had personally only heard the story that Freddie's "issues" at SNL
were due to a blazing row the night before taking his voice), but this apparently completely fits with the flu-like symptoms people suffer two-to-five weeks after HIV infection.
Very tabloidy in places, but as a lesson in HIV/AIDS alongside a well-worn story of Freddie's life it was a very intriguing combination for me.