Back in 1992, a very special tribute was held to a great man. An iconic man The lead singer and enigmatic performer Freddie Mercury. It saw the surviving members of Queen alongside a host of incredible guests performing some of the rock behemoth’s best songs.
Together they held ‘A Concert For Life’ at the famous Wembley stadium in part for Freddie and in part to increase the awareness around Aids. It was a touching moment as a host of artists came out in support of their influential idol.
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 sadly died in 1991 and features some of the best vocalists in the world taking to the stage for a very special evening. The evening was 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 also himself a part of another very important song on the night, possibly the band’s most important song and Britain’s most popular song of all time.
That particular performance left the crowd with massive goosebumps. It saw 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 was one 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.
(Source: Rolling Stone)