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The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (video)
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The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (DVD)
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Released 23rd November 1993
Recorded 20th April 1992 in London, The United Kingdom
Length {{{length}}}
Number of tracks 31
Label Hollywood Records Music Video (USA)
Picture Music International (Europe)
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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 two live appearances 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.

Concert

"Good evening Wembley and the world. We are here tonight to celebrate the life, and work and dreams, of one Freddie Mercury. We're gonna give him the biggest send off in history."
- Queen guitarist Brian May.

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. This was the second high-profile project with both Elton John and George Michael in as many years; the year before, they did a live reworking of John's song "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me". Via satellite from Sacramento, California, U2 dedicated a live performance of "Until the End of the World" to Mercury.

Tracklisting

Live 20.04.1992 in London, The United Kingdom

Disc 1

No. Artist Title Length
1. Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon - Wembley, London April 20th 1992
2. Metallica - Enter Sandman
3. Metallica - Sad But True
4. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
5. Extreme - Queen Medley:
1. Mustapha (Queen Cover)
2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen Cover)
3. Keep Yourself Alive (Queen Cover)
4. I Want to Break Free (Queen Cover)
5. Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen Cover)
6. Bicycle Race (Queen Cover)
7. Another One Bites the Dust (Queen Cover)
8. We Will Rock You (Queen Cover)
9. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen Cover)
10. Radio Ga Ga (Queen Cover)
6. Def Leppard (with Brian May) - Now I'm Here (Queen Cover)
7. Bob Geldof - Too Late God
8. Guns n' Roses - Knocking on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan Cover)
9. Guns n' Roses - Paradise City
10. Elizabeth Taylor - Elizabeth Taylor's Speech

Disc 2

No. Artist Title Length
1. Queen (with Joe Elliott and Slash) - Tie Your Mother Down
2. Queen (with Roger Daltrey and Tony Iommi) - I Want It All
3. Queen (with Zucchero) - Las Palabras de Amor
4. Queen (with Gary Cherone and Tony Iommi) - Hammer to Fall
5. Queen (with James Hetfield and Tony Iommi) - Stone Cold Crazy
6. Queen (with Robert Plant) - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
7. Brian May (with Spike Edney) - Too Much Love Will Kill You
8. Queen (with Paul Young) - Radio Ga Ga
9. Queen (with Seal) - Who Wants to Live Forever
10. Queen (with Lisa Stansfield) - I Want to Break Free
11. Queen (with David Bowie and Annie Lennox) - Under Pressure
12. Queen (with Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Joe Elliot and Phil Collen) - All The Young Dudes (Mott the Hoople Cover)
13. Queen (with David Bowie and Mick Ronson) - Heroes (David Bowie Cover)
14. Queen (with George Michael) - '39
15. Queen (with George Michael and Lisa Stansfield) - These Are the Days of Our Lives
16. Queen (with George Michael) - Somebody to Love
17. Queen (with Elton John and Axl Rose) - Bohemian Rhapsody
18. Queen (with Elton John and Tony Iommi) - The Show Must Go On
19. Queen (with Axl Rose) - We Will Rock You
20. Queen (with Liza Minnelli) - We Are the Champions
21. Queen - God Save the Queen (Taped Outro)

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