TWENTY-FIVE years ago today, a host of stars gave one of music’s biggest personalities a fitting farewell.
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place in London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 72,000 people with big name acts such as David Bowie, George Michael, Elton John and Annie Lennox lining up to pay tribute.
The concert in honour of the legendary Queen frontman was also broadcast live around the world to an incredible estimated audience of around one billion.
It was organised by the remaining members of Queen (Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor) following Mercury’s death in November of the previous year and raised money for The Mercury Pheonix Trust AIDS charity.
The show was split into two acts, the first seeing performances from Metallica, Extreme, Def Leppard, Bob Geldof, Spinal Tap and Mango Grove.
U2 and Guns N’Roses also played before Elizabeth Taylor made a speech on AIDS Prevention.
In a memorable second half to the show, Queen took to the stage with a host of stars assuming lead vocal duty.
While none of them could, and indeed none of them aimed to match Mercury, there were powerful performances from Elton John and George Michael in particular.
The show ended with a rendition of We Are the Champions led by Liza Minnelli and the concert’s superstar ensemble.
View the full setlist here: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/various-artists/1992/wembley-stadium-london-england-23feb487.html