1992 - Present
1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert 20th April – UK, London, Wembley Stadium
The tribute concert was conceived on the night that Freddie lost his fight for life, on November 24, 1991. The three remaining members of Queen assembled at Roger’s house in Surrey, and eventually decided to organise some kind of tribute to their colleague - though at the time they did not know exactly what form it should take.
It was decided that a massive open air concert was to be held to raise money and awareness about Aids, celebrate Freddie's life and give him a send off to remember, and that the venue would be quite appropriate at London's Wembley Stadium.
Roger formally announced the event at the Brit Awards ceremony on February 12, 1992, after he and Brian collected an award on Queen’s behalf for their Outstanding Contribution To Music. During his acceptance speech, Brian became very emotional and had to pause for a moment to compose himself. It was equally emotional for the many fans watching the event at home, as well as an immensely proud one. The award was presented to them in fond memory of Freddie. The two received a standing ovation.
The tickets went on sale the next day, with no other artists announced apart from the remaining members of Queen, and all 72,000 tickets sold out in just six hours.
On Easter Monday, April 20th 1992, many of the world's top stars joined Brian, Roger and John on stage at Wembley to pay an emotional tribute to Freddie. The stadium was packed to capacity and it was broadcast on radio and televised live to over one billion people in 76 countries around the world, from far afield as the USA and Russia. All the proceeds, then and now, go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity formed at the time whose charter is the relief of suffering from AIDS throughout the world. The show was also released on home video and many years later on DVD.
17 Jan – [Bejart Ballet Lausanne with Elton John] France, Paris, Paris Theatre National De Challot,
19 July – [Brian May’s 50th Birthday party] UK, Surrey
25th Nov – [Guests with the Foo Fighters], UK, London
9th July – Party In The Park [With 5ive],UK, London, Hyde Park
27th Sept -Skyscape Show [with 5ive], UK, Greenwich, Millenium Dome,
19th March – Induction to the Hall of Fame – with the Foo Fighters, USA, New York
24th Nov – Freddie’s 10th Anniversary, UK, London
30th April – Amsterdam, Holland.
3rd June – Party At The Palace, UK, London, Buckingham Palace Grounds
27th May – [Pavarotti and Friends],Italy, Modena
29th Nov – [46664 Festival], South Africa, Cape Town, Greenpoint Stadium
11th Nov – Hall Of Fame, UK, London, Hackney Ocean
17th June – [Guests with the Foo Fighters], UK, London, Hyde Park
17th Nov – [Guests with the Foo Fighters], UK, London, O2 Arena
11th May – [Guests with Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders], UK, London, Scala
7th Nov - Princes Trust Rock Gala Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
Text taken from the forthcoming revised and updated edition of Queen Live: A Concert Documentary, by Greg Brooks & Gary Taylor
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