Today, in 1992, a very special tribute was held to a great man, the lead singer and enigmatic performer Freddie Merucry. 27 years ago the surviving members of Queen alongside a host of incredible guests held ‘A Concert For Life’ at the famous Wembley stadium for Freddie and to increase the awareness around aids.
The huge array of acts is enough to leave you aghast. Including Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Axl Rose and Slash.
The concert was in tribute to Freddie who died in 1991 and features some of the best vocalists in the world. A mass of powerful performances from top tier singers, like Bowie and Annie Lennox’s rendition of ‘Under Pressure’, George Michael who took on ‘Somebody to Love’, Axl Rose on ‘We Will Rock You’. The latter found himself apart of another very important song.
That particular performance left the crowd, and us 27 years later, with massive goosebumps as Axl Rose, Elton John and the remaining members of Queen (Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon with whom this would be the band’s last live performance) perform Queen’s anthemic hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
The performance is powerful, least of all because of the affiliation between the song’s emotive crescendo and Mercury’s own struggles to find peace, but because of the artists at play. Whether it’s Axl Rose’s unstoppable vocal performance or Elton John’s charisma this wa sone performance that would’ve kept Freddie smiling, wherever he is.
Take a look below at Axl Rose, Elton John and Queen perform ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in a special tribute ot Freddie Mercury in 1992.