The death of Freddie Mercury on November 24, 1991 left a hole in popular music that many argue was never fully filled.
However, a few months after his death, a massive tribute concert was held to raise funds and raise awareness about AIDS and celebrate the musical legacy of an icon (who grew up in Feltham).
The concert at Wembley Stadium would bring together 72,000 people and would be broadcast on television and radio in 76 countries, reaching around one billion people.
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The show would feature many outstanding performances, including George Michael’s incredible rendition of “Somebody to Love” and Elton John and Axl Rose coming together to sing “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
When did the Freddie Mercury tribute concert take place?
The show took place on April 20, 1992 – just six months after Freddie passed away. It was announced at the 1992 BRIT Awards by Brian May and Rodger Taylor, when Queen won the award for best single for “These are the days of our lives.”
Who performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert?
The concert featured huge acts from across the musical spectrum, from Metallica to Liza Minnelli.
The first section of the show featured various stage numbers, followed by an AIDS prevention talk by Elizabeth Taylor, then a series by the other Queen members with several guest singers.
Smooth Radio lists the complete programming of the show as follows:
- Metallica – “Enter Sandman”, “Sad but True”, “Nothing Else Matters”
- Extreme – Queen Medley, “More Than Words” (Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt)
- Def Leppard – “Animal”, “Let’s Get Rocked”, “Now I’m Here” (with Brian May)
- Bob Geldof – “Too Late God”
- Spinal Tap – “The majesty of rock”
- U2 – “Until the End of the World” – played by satellite from Sacramento, California
- Guns N ‘Roses – “Paradise City”, “Only Women Bleed”, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
- Mango Groove – “Special Star” – played by satellite from Johannesburg, South Africa
Elizabeth Taylor – Speech on AIDS Prevention
Freddie Mercury – compilation of various interactions with the public
SET 2 (with Queen)
- Queen + Joe Elliott and Slash – “Tie Your Mother Down”
- Queen + Roger Daltrey and Tony Iommi – “Heaven and Hell” (intro), “Pinball Wizard” (intro), “I Want It All”
- Reine + Zucchero – “Las Palabras de Amor”
- Queen + Gary Cherone and Tony Iommi – “Hammer to Fall”
- Queen + James Hetfield and Tony Iommi – “Stone Cold Crazy”
- Queen + Robert Plant – “Innuendo” (including parts of “Kashmir”), “Thank You” (intro), “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
- Brian May + Spike Edney – “Too Much Love Will Kill You”
- Reine + Paul Young – “Radio Ga Ga”
- Queen + Seal – “Who wants to live forever”
- Queen + Lisa Stansfield – “I want to break free”
- Queen + David Bowie and Annie Lennox – “Under Pressure”
- Queen + Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen – “All the Young Guys”
- Queen + David Bowie and Mick Ronson – “Heroes”
- David Bowie – “The Lord’s Prayer”
- Queen + George Michael – “’39”
- Queen + George Michael and Lisa Stansfield – “These are the days of our lives”
- Queen + George Michael – “Someone to Love”
- Queen + Elton John and Axl Rose – “Bohemian Rhapsody” using the same light show as The Magic Tour from 1986 for the opera section, and vocals performed from a tape using the original 1970s studio recording with Freddie Mercury.
- Queen + Elton John and Tony Iommi – “The Show Must Go On”
- Queen + Axl Rose – “We’ll Rock You”
- Queen + Liza Minnelli, supported by everyone who played at the concert – “We Are the Champions”
Queen – “God Save the Queen” (recorded release)
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