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1992.04.20 - Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium, London, England

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1992.04.20 - Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:40 pm

Date:
April 20, 1992.

Venue:
Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium.

Location:
London, England.

Setlist:
XX: Paradise City
XX: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Line-up:
Axl Rose (vocals), Gilby Clarke (rhythm guitarist), Slash (lead guitarist), Duff McKagan (bass), Dizzy Reed (keyboards) and Matt Sorum (drums).

Quotes from band members:
It was an honor just being asked to do it . . . sort of like being put on the map by people we had admired for years. But the experience was even much deeper than that.

Being the type of band that we are, the last thing we wanted to know about a few years ago was AIDS. Like most people, we thought it was only a problem for needle pushers and homosexuals, which meant we didn't have to worry about it. I was still as promiscuous as hell.

But then it started getting closer to home and everybody had to start being aware of the dangers . . . homosexuals, heterosexuals; people were even starting to get it from their dentists or whatever. That slowed my trip down a lot, but it didn't really hit home until Freddie died of AIDS because he was this huge icon in our minds.

To walk out on that stage in front of 75,000 or 80,000 people was a very emotional experience. It was like all of us in rock 'n' roll, the artists and the audience, were saying we did care and we are responsible for each other. It was a great sense of community that day and it touched something in me
[Los Angeles Times, August 1992]


Next concert: 1992.05.16.
Previous concert: 1992.04.09.
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Re: 1992.04.20 - Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium, London, England

Post by Blackstar on Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:39 am

From Kerrang, May 2, 1992:







GUNS Ν’ ROSES
 
In the wake of One In A Million’ and the resulting gay activist protests, perhaps it was time for Axl Rose to put the record straight. When interviewed in Rolling Stone recently, Rose said that his hatred of ‘an element of gays’ had been traced through therapy to sexual abuse during his childhood, but should a member of Guns N’ F**kin' Roses really be blaming ‘faggots” for spreading ‘some f**king disease”, presumably the disease that killed Freddie Mercury?
 
That said, it’s difficult to imagine the three surviving members of Queen inviting GN’R to play in honour of Freddie’s memory had they considered       Rose a homophobe, so there must be something that Axl isn’t telling through the media. Yet on a day when the likes of George Michael and Elizabeth Taylor forcefully addressed the social issue of the ’90s, Axl Rose remained conspicuous by his silence.
 
Guns N’ Roses played just two songs, ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, the latter prefaced by a few bars of Alice Cooper’s Only Women Bleed’. Even without Izzy, they’re still one of the great rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world. New rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke knocked out Izzy’s riffs coolly enough, while Slash lolled about in a Rolling Stones T-shirt.
 
There are now two female backup singers and another keyboard player besides Dizzy Reed, who has brickie’s fingers as thick as sausages. How many people are in Guns N’ Roses these days? And what was Axl wearing? A leather jacket daubed with ‘UK’ and the Union Flag? A Jesus T-shirt? A black leather kilt?! Bring back the seatless grey leather pants!
 
Axl is a Queen fan; back in 1987 he was raving about ‘Queen II’, when it certainly wasn’t hip.
And for all his bullshit, he’s a star.
 
Axl Rose is to Guns N’ Roses what Freddie Mercury was to Queen.       PE
 
PICTURE CAPTIONS:
 
SLASH: It’s only rock ‘n’ loll...
 
AXL ROSE: bring back the seatless grey leather pants! (He can't, Joe Elliott's got 'em! - Ed.)
 
GILBEY CLARKE: it's only rock 'n' loll (part two)
 
DUFF McKAGAN: but how many other people are in GN’R these days?

 

QUEEN AND FRIENDS
 
A dozen or more flashbombs sent plumes of white smoke up toward Wembley’s floodlights as Queen began their farewell to Freddie with ‘Tie Your Mother Down’. Brian May sang the first verse and chorus before Joe Elliott joined May, Taylor and Deacon, followed by Slash. May, that most gracious of rock stars, stood back for Slash to play the lead break.
 
Black Sabbath riffmeister Tony lommi - all in black, naturally - and the Who’s Roger Daltrey replaced Slash and Joe for ‘I Want It All’. The song was preluded by a little of the Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’ (sung in the film of the rock opera, ‘Tommy’, by another of the night’s guest stars, Elton John). May and lommi played a passage from Sabbath’s ‘Heaven And Hell’, and Daltrey was inimitable as ever, shirt opened to the navel, spinning the microphone cable like a lassoo.
 
The pace then slowed with a sedate ‘Las Palabras De Amor’, sung by Italian superstar Zucchero, but soon picked up again with ‘Hammer To Fall’ featuring lommi and Gary Cherone.
lommi stuck around for ‘Stone Cold Crazy’. Queen’s heaviest track (alongside ‘Sheer Heart Attack’), and described by Roger Taylor as ‘a fast one’. And who better to sing a fast one than a scowling James Hetfield, the man with a face like a walrus and a walk like a spider-crab? At one point, with May frowning on the big screen, it sounded like the band lost the frantic tempo of the song but the crowd were too happy to care.
 
Exit Hetfield and lommi and enter Robert Plant for ‘Innuendo’ (so perfectly suited to the singer and evocative of classic Led Zeppelin that he could add a verse of ‘Kashmir’ almost unnoticed). With May switching to acoustic, Plant then sang some of Zeppelin’s ‘Thank You’ before segueing into ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, the latter more in tune with the kind of good-time rock ’n’ roll Plant indulged in with his occasional band the Honeydrippers. As the singer left the stage, May paid tribute by dubbing him ‘the incomparable Robert Plant’...
 
Moving to the electric piano, May saluted Queen’s perennial sideman Spike Edney and introduced a solo composition, ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’, that had never seen the light of day. As the video screens showed, it took all of the dewy- eyed May’s self-control to deliver the emotion-charged and poignant lyric.
 
Deacon and Taylor then returned to the stage with Paul Young for ‘Radio Gaga’, the stadium once again transformed into a forest of clapping hands.
 
Seal’s vocal on ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ apparently sounded weak on the box but seemed strong inside the stadium. Lisa Stansfield brought back memories of Freddie’s finest video performance by singing Ί Want To Break Free’ in Hilda Ogden-approved curlers, and pushing a Hoover.
 
Annie Lennox and David Bowie duetted on ‘Under Pressure’, then Ian Hunter (ex-Mott The Hoople) sang ‘All The Young Dudes’, the song Bowie wrote for Mott, with Mick Ronson (ex- of Bowie’s Spiders Of Mars and Mott) on guitar, Bowie on saxophone and Joe Elliott and Phil Collen on backing vocals.
 
Hunter seemed not to hear Bowie’s suggestion that he hung around for the next song, ‘Heroes’, which was nonetheless beautifully played by Ronson, before Bowie joked, somewhat inappropriately, about the bands of the ’70s ‘sleeping with a lot of the same people’. This was an AIDS awareness show after all, which Bowie later recognised by praying for a dying friend.
George Michael was the finest of the many guest singers, beginning with ‘A Night At The Opera’s ”39’, then duetting with Lisa Stansfield (sans curlers) on ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’ - probably the most poignant performance of the night. George’s last number was ‘Somebody To Love’, also featuring a gospel choir augmenting Queen’s own backing singers, Maggie and Miriam.
 
Following George was his and Freddie’s old friend Elton John - sporting an extraordinary new syrup! - who sang Freddie’s masterpiece ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ up to the opera passage, when, as ever, Queen vacated the stage. They returned with a whirling Axl Rose, just the madman to sing the song’s Heavy Metal climax. Axl and Elton finished the song harmonising, then Elton sang one of the songs Freddie never lived to perform live, ‘The Show Must Go On’.
 
Axl came back in his third costume to scream ‘We Will Rock You', which could only be followed by ‘We Are The Champions’. For this last number, Queen were joined by one of Freddie’s heroines, Liza Minelli, who gave the song a touch of Broadway that Freddie would doubtless have loved. The whole cast trooped on to finish the song and the show, Axl laughing, Duff McKagan headbanging, bless him! And who invited the Scorpions?!
 
As ‘We Are The Champions’ finally ended, Roger Taylor mustered a half-­smile.
 
“Thank you and goodnight,” he bowed, and Queen’s brilliant career was over.
 
It was, as Brian May had promised, ‘one helluva send-off to celebrate the life, the work and the dreams of one Freddie Mercury’.
 
Throughout the night, Wembley had been a cauldron of emotions with the dividing line between happiness and sorrow never closer.
 
Ultimately, to pay tribute and create the send-off Queen had wanted, it had taken 16 of the world’s most celebrated vocalists to perform just a portion of Queen’s greatest creations.
Yet it took just one Freddie Mercury to sing them all.      PE/NJ
 
PICTURE CAPTIONS:

ROBERT PLANT: incomparable... as ever
 
SLASH: really wigging out in this one
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Re: 1992.04.20 - Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium, London, England

Post by denitza on Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:53 am

I remember watching this show on TV. Axl was the greatest that night.
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Re: 1992.04.20 - Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:53 pm

It must have been an enormous pressure. An ocean of people. Singing Mercury songs. But yeah, he did really well. An iconic performance.
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Re: 1992.04.20 - Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium, London, England

Post by denitza on Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:57 pm

Did some of you, guys, watched the new Bohemian Rhapsody movie?
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Re: 1992.04.20 - Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:25 am

@denitza wrote:Did some of you, guys, watched the new Bohemian Rhapsody movie?

I haven't. Did you?
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Re: 1992.04.20 - Freddie Mercury Tribute, Wembley Stadium, London, England

Post by denitza on Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:03 am

@Soulmonster wrote:

@denitza wrote:Did some of you, guys, watched the new Bohemian Rhapsody movie?



I haven't. Did you?



Yes, I liked it. It's emotional movie
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