Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The MJ Show #127 - Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

I remember seeing a video of George Michael doing "Somebody To Love" with Queen years ago on MTV...and thinking "WOW! This is incredible." Back then I didn't have access to the full concert but a few years ago I picked up the DVD of The Freddie Mercury  Tribute Concert and I've gotta say that it's one of my concerts for sure.

Here what it was:
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was an open-air concert held on Easter Monday, 20 April 1992 at London's Wembley Stadium, for an audience of 72,000. The concert was produced for television by Ray Burdis and broadcast live on television and radio to 76 countries around the world, with an audience of up to one billion. The concert was a tribute to the life of the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, with all proceeds going to AIDS research. The show marked bassist John Deacon's final concert with Queen (save one 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 AIDS charity organisation.

The concert opened with a message from the three remaining members of Queen in tribute to Mercury. The music then commenced with short sets from bands that were influenced by the music of Queen, including Metallica, Extreme (playing a Queen medley), Def Leppard (who brought Brian May onstage for a faithful version of "Now I'm Here"), and Guns N' Roses. Between bands, several video clips honouring Freddie Mercury were shown, while the roadies changed the stage for the following act's performance.

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 guest singers and guitarists, including Elton John, Roger Daltrey (of The Who), Tony Iommi (of Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick Ronson (of Spiders from Mars), James Hetfield (of Metallica), George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, 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.

Queen + Joe Elliott/Slash - "Tie Your Mother Down"

Queen + Roger Daltrey/Tony Iommi - "Heaven and Hell" (intro), "Pinball Wizard" (intro), "I Want It All"

Queen + Zucchero - "Las Palabras de Amor"

Queen + Gary Cherone/Tony Iommi - "Hammer to Fall"

Queen + James Hetfield/Tony Iommi - "Stone Cold Crazy "

Queen + Robert Plant - "Innuendo", "Thank You" (intro), "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".

Brian May with Spike Edney - "Too Much Love Will Kill You"

Queen + Paul Young - "Radio Ga Ga"

Queen + Seal - "Who Wants to Live Forever"

Queen + Lisa Stansfield - "I Want to Break Free"

Queen + David Bowie/Annie Lennox - "Under Pressure"

Queen + Ian Hunter/David Bowie/Mick Ronson/Joe Elliot/Phil Collen - "All The Young Dudes"

Queen + David Bowie/Mick Ronson - "Heroes"

Queen + George Michael - "'39"

Queen + George Michael/Lisa Stansfield - "These Are the Days of Our Lives"

Queen + George Michael - "Somebody to Love"

Queen + Elton John/Axl Rose - "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Queen + Elton John/Tony Iommi - "The Show Must Go On"

Queen + Axl Rose - "We Will Rock You"

Queen + Liza Minnelli/Cast - "We Are the Champions"

Hope you enjoyed that :)

Right is now time for me to say good night and take care! :)
This is your Musicman...Mihir Joshi...signing off!

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