Axl Rose Honors Freddie Mercury With “We Will Rock You” Performance
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The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert took place on April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The benefit concert marked bassist John Deacon’s last full-length concert with Queen, except for a brief reunion with the other surviving members in 1997. The funds raised from the event helped launch the AIDS charity organization, The Mercury Phoenix Trust.
Queen guitarist Brian May told the crowd 72,000 fans: “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!”
The show saw an all-star lineup including some of the biggest names in rock like Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Metallica’s James Hetfield, David Bowie, Elton John, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Robert Plant, George Michael, and many more.
One of the standout performances was when Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose took the stage with Queen and performed the anthem “We Will Rock You”. And let’s just say, he absolutely nailed it. Axl Rose has always been vocal about his admiration for Mercury.
He once said in an interview, “Queen is greatest band and Freddie is the greatest frontman of all time. The band are the greatest because they embraced so many different styles… If I hadn’t had Freddie Mercury’s lyrics to hold on to as a kid I don’t know where I would be.
“It taught me about all forms of music… it would open my mind. I never really had a bigger teacher in my whole life.”
Watch his performance below.