After a sensational 21 years as Queen’s frontman, Freddie Mercury tragically lost his battle with AIDS in November 1991. The following spring, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon brought together an incredible group of music legends from Elton John and David Bowie to George Michael and Robert Plant for The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Now 31 years on and the Queen guitarist has been looking back in two emotional posts shared with fans.
Posting a video of himself making a speech to the 72,000 people in the Wembley audience, Sir Brian captioned it: “Memories …. of another 20th April. It was 1992 … at the beautiful original Wembley Stadium. For Freddie. Where does the time go …. Bri.”
In the clip, the Queen guitarist told the massive crowd: “We’re here tonight to celebrate the life and work and dreams of one Freddie Mercury. We’re going to give him the biggest send-off in history.” And in another post, the 75-year-old simply put: “Bittersweet Memories of our Freddie Mercury Memorial Concert.” Sir Brian has previously sat down to rewatch the tribute show and pointed out to fans “a moment to take to my grave”.
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At the time, Sir Brian said: “I‘m watching our Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – so strange for so many reasons. Already so long ago now – we look so young – and all those lovely performers with us…many of them now gone to the place where Freddie went before. And of course we were only just beginning to get used to the fact that Freddie would no longer be able to do this wonderful thing with us any more. Of course, it felt like he was with us on this amazing night.”
Right near the end, Queen performed Bohemian Rhapsody with Elton John and Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose. The Queen guitarist posted a clip of the latter, writing: “A moment to take to my grave !! Axl Rose explodes onto our Wembley Stadium stage in 1992. Paying tribute to Freddie. —— Bri.”