The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – Wikipedia

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was a benefit concert held on Easter Monday, 20 April 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom for an hearing of 72,000. [ 1 ] The concert was produced for television by Ray Burdis, directed by David Mallet and broadcast live on television receiver and radio to 76 countries around the populace, with an audience of up to one billion. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] The concert was a tribute to Queen ‘s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS on 24 November 1991. The show marked bassist John Deacon ‘s final full-length concert with Queen ( save a light live appearance with Brian May, Roger Taylor and Elton John in 1997 ). The profits from the concert were used to launch the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity arrangement .

history [edit ]

Following Freddie Mercury ‘s death on 24 November 1991 from AIDS, the remaining members of Queen ( John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor ) came together with their coach, Jim Beach, to organise a concert to celebrate the biography and bequest of Mercury, and to raise money for AIDS research and spread awareness about the disease. [ 4 ] In the 1992 BRIT Awards ceremony, May and Taylor announced plans for the concert. When tickets last went on sale, all 72,000 tickets sold out in just three hours, even though no performers were announced apart from the remaining members of Queen. [ 4 ]

concert [edit ]

“ good evening Wembley and the populace. We are here tonight to celebrate the life, and work, and dreams, of one Freddie Mercury. We ‘re gon na give him the biggest send off in history ! ”

—Queen guitarist Brian May. [ 5 ]
The concert opened with a message from the three remaining members of Queen in tribute to Mercury. [ 5 ] The music then commenced with short sets from artists that were influenced by the music of Queen, including Metallica, Extreme ( playing a Queen medley ), Def Leppard ( who brought Brian May onstage for a version of “ nowadays I ‘m here “ ), and Guns N ‘ Roses. Between bands, respective video clips honouring Freddie Mercury were shown while roadies changed the stage for the follow act ‘s performance. Elizabeth Taylor then gave an AIDS prevention language, which was followed by a compilation of Mercury ‘s respective interactions with audiences. The second half of the concert featured the three remaining queen members – John Deacon ( on bass ), Brian May ( on guitar ) and Roger Taylor ( on drums ) – along with node singers and guitarists, including Elton John, Roger Daltrey ( of The Who ), Tony Iommi ( of Black Sabbath ), David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield ( of Metallica ), George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox ( of Eurythmics ), Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant ( of Led Zeppelin ), Joe Elliott and Phil Collen ( of Def Leppard ), Axl Rose and Slash ( of Guns N ‘ Roses ), Liza Minnelli, and others. Via satellite from Sacramento, California, U2 dedicated a exist performance of “ Until the end of the World “ to Mercury. [ 6 ]

family releases [edit ]

The concert was primitively released in VHS form ( normally in two-tape releases worldwide ), but due to time limitations, “ Love of My Life ” and “ More Than Words ” by Extreme, “ Animal ” and “ Let ‘s Get Rocked ” by Def Leppard, Spinal Tap ‘s “ The Majesty of Rock ”, U2 ‘s “ Until The end of the World ”, Mango Groove ‘s “ Special Star “ and Robert Plant ‘s translation of “ Innuendo ” were removed from the master acquittance. The US release besides omitted Bob Geldof ‘s performance of “ Too Late God ”, and Zucchero ‘s operation of “ Las Palabras de Amor “. In April 2002, for the tenth anniversary of the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the second half of the concert ( featuring the performances by the surviving members of Queen ) was released on DVD and entered the UK charts at No. 1. [ 7 ] “ Innuendo “ was not included on the DVD, at Plant ‘s request. In addition, the original 4:3 footage had been cropped down to widescreen. The DVD was certified Gold in Poland. [ 8 ] On 24 June 2013, Queen announced on their Facebook page that a raw remastered version of the concert would be released in late 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray. [ 9 ] The DVD and Blu-ray was released on 2 September 2013. Like the earlier VHS free, this version excludes Extreme ‘s “ Love of My Life ” and “ More Than Words ”, Def Leppard ‘s “ Animal ” and “ Let ‘s Get Rocked ”, performance by Spinal Tap, U2 and Mango Groove from the open acts segment, and Plant ‘s “ Innuendo ” from the Queen+ segment. [ citation needed ] It was certified Platinum in the UK. [ 10 ] Clips of rehearsals and of Metallica ‘s set ( ampere well as James Hetfield ‘s performance of “ Stone Cold Crazy ” with Queen and Tony Iommi ) were featured in the 1992 documentary A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica. In May 2020, Queen announced that they would be premiering the concert on YouTube to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. It was available for 48 hours.

respective songs from the concert have besides been released in audio-only format :

  • Metallica’s three-song performance was made into a UK tour edition single for “Nothing Else Matters”, entitled Live at Wembley Stadium and released in Europe just one week after the concert, on 27 April 1992.
  • Guns N’ Roses’ performance of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” was released in May 1992 as a double A-side, with the band’s studio recording of the song; it was also featured on their album Live Era ’87–’93. The single entered the UK charts at No. 2.
  • Def Leppard released their version of “Now I’m Here” (with May) from the concert, as a B-side to their single “Tonight” in April 1993.
  • an EP of the George Michael performances with Queen was released as Five Live in April 1993. It entered the UK singles chart at No. 1.
  • the Queen + David Bowie performances of the songs “All the Young Dudes” and “Heroes” were released on the soundtrack album to the 2018 film Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story.

Performances [edit ]

Without Queen [edit ]

With Queen [edit ]

Queen ‘s action [edit ]

Guest musicians [edit ]

Backing musicians [edit ]

Queen were backed by the watch musicians :

Certifications and sales [edit ]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] Platinum 15,000^
^ Shipments figures based on certificate alone .

References [edit ]

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