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- May 04, 1992
- Vol. 37
- No. 17
In a Packed London Stadium, Rockers Pay Tribute to Queen's Late Lead Singer
Good vibes permeated the April 20 tribute, which raised an estimated $35 million to fight the disease while memorializing Mercury, the flamboyant, high-decibel vocalist whose operatic compositions made Queen a mid-'70s supergroup. While Taylor assured the crowd, "Don't worry, I'm not going to sing," another unlikely rocker, Liza Minnelli, led a charged all-star chorus through Queen's "We Are the Champions." The concert opened with brief sets by Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Extreme and Def Leppard. Then the three surviving members of Queen backed an array of rock luminaries, including Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, George Michael, Elton John and Ian Hunter. David Bowie closed his set by dropping to his knees to recite the Lord's Prayer. "I've got a friend who's dying at this very moment, fighting very bravely, but in the last stages," Bowie said afterward. "I think the tragedy by now has hit just about everybody."
The whole affair would have pleased Mercury no end, according to Queen guitarist Brian May. "Freddie is watching," he said. "He would have been thrilled that everyone's making such an enormous fuss."
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