Freddie Mercury on the tennis court at the Pikes Hotel in Ibiza on May 28, 1987.
In 1987, Freddie Mercury celebrated his 41st birthday at Pikes, several months after discovering that he had contracted AIDS. Mercury sought much comfort at the retreat, and was a close friend of Pike.The party, held on 5 September 1987, has been described as “the most incredible example of excess the Mediterranean island had ever seen”, and “the most lavish party even Pike had ever thrown.” It has been cited as a legendary party, with a celebrity guest list of some 500 people and up to 700 people in total which included Julio Iglesias, Grace Jones, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kylie Minogue, Nigel Benn, Anthony Quinn, Bon Jovi, Boy George, Five Star, Tony Curtis, Robert Plant, Naomi Campbell, and Spandau Ballet. A notable feature of the party was its thousands of gold and black helium balloons which reportedly took three days to inflate, and a grand firework display at the end which was reported to have been seen on Majorca. 350 bottles of Moet & Chandon champagne, and a cake in the shape of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedralwere provided for the party, although the original cake collapsed and was replaced with a 2-metre-long sponge with the notes from Mercury’s song “Barcelona”.The bill, which included 232 broken glasses, was presented to Queen’s manager, Jim Beach.[