The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
Queen DVD / Video
Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Release Date: May 13, 2002
DVD Features: Special Feature Information & Stills Gallery
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert included a huge cast of musical talents combined in April 1992, to celebrate the life and music of Freddie Mercury. Acts like Extreme, Def Leppard, Axl Rose, Elton John, and George Michael sang the best of the Queen back catalogue. They included hits from Tie Your Mother Down, I Want It All, Hammer To Fall, Too Much Love Will Kill You, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, The Show Must Go On, and a group rendition of We Are The Champions.
I actually have this on VHS of all things, I wanted to have something from this era. I have watched it a few times and every time I get something new from it. My favourite sections include George Michael singing Somebody to Love and asking the crowd to do that descending note in the cappella section and also Extreme and Metallica’s set within the Tribute Concert. When this was shown live on TV I wasn’t actually a Hugh Queen fan at that stage… that came later. Funny how things happen. My journey with Queen started when my cousin handed a cassette of Queen II into the car and said “You might like this”. The rest of history. I’m sure if you have this DVD then you have a piece of music history for sure.
Disc 1: Opening Acts
Disc 2: Main Queen Set
Disc 3: Bonus Material
On April 20th, 1992, the remaining members of Queen, Roger Taylor, Brian May, and John Deacon took to the stage at Wembley Stadium for Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. After Live Aid this was one of the biggest events in rock history, which the band had organized to pay tribute to their former lead singer and friend Freddie Mercury who died of AIDs in November 1991.
Queen was joined by some of the greatest musical talents in the world to celebrate the music, life, and work of Freddie and also to increase public awareness of AIDS. This raised funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity formed at the time whose charter is the relief of suffering from AIDS throughout the world.