Watch My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way’s Freddie Mercury tribute video on NME.COM

Katy Perry, Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins and Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan also pay tribute to the late singer

My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has recorded a special video tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 65th birthday – scroll down to watch the video.

Speaking backstage on the band’s US tour with Blink-182, Way said:

I’m sure you all know how important Queen is to the band that I’m in. They’re probably the most important band to My Chemical Romance. And Freddie Mercury, to me was probably the most important frontman to me growing up. I’m here to wish Freddie a happy 65th birthday from everyone in the My Chemical Romance family and to say that we love you and miss you.

The singer also spoke about their onstage appearance with Queen guitarist Brian May, calling it “one of the greatest moments of his life.”

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins also paid tribute to the singer in a video which you can see below.

Hawkins said:

Freddie, we miss you and love you. I owe you everything, you were the first concert I ever saw and since then I’ve been chasing the dream. I owe that to you.

Katy Perry also joined in, saying that Mercury had “inspired her” and without him she “would not be making music”.

Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan also paid tribute to Mercury, saying in a video which you can see below:

I wish I could sing half as good as he did. He was a musical visionary and had so much to do with inspiring me.

Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump also offered a tribute and lauded the Queen singer’s influence on contemporary pop, saying that he believed Mercury would be “happy to see the way’s thing turned out and the mark he left behind”.