20 April, 2011

19th anniversary of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

19 years ago today there was what may arguably be one of the greatest concerts in history. And nine years ago, that greatness was commemorated with a poorly edited DVD with a great deal of footage taken out for what I can only assume are arbitrary reasons. Seriously, who honestly thought that people would only want the performances directly involving Queen?! I have to go on fucking Youtube if I want to see Extreme's Queen medley! It should be on the DVD with the rest of the concert, but no. Fuckers.

"Freddie Mercury was an incredibly innovative singer and frontman for the band. He was a very good friend of mine and it was my privelege to have known him for some of his life. He was very funny, extremely outrageous, very kind and he was a great musician, one of the great frontmen of rock'n'roll bands... Quite simply, he was one of the most important figures in rock'n'roll in the last twenty years. I will miss him, we will all miss him, for his music, his humanity...We will remember that Freddie Mercury was something special." - Elton John

"If I didn't have Freddie Mercury's words and lyrics to hold onto as a kid, I don't know where I'd be...I never really had a bigger teacher in my whole life." - Axl Rose

"We will all miss him a lot. Together with his band he made a great contribution to popular music." - David Bowie

"When we lost Freddie, we not only lost a great personality, a man with a great sense of humour, a true showman, but we lost probably the best. The best virtuoso rock 'n' roll singer of all time. He could sing anything in any style. He could change his style from line to line and, God, that's an art. And he was brilliant at it." - Roger Daltrey

"Every band should study Queen at Live Aid. If you really feel like that barrier is gone, you become Freddie Mercury. I consider him the greatest frontman of all time. Like, it's funny? you'd imagine that Freddie was more than human, but ... You know how he controlled Wembley Stadium at Live Aid in 1985? He stood up there and did his vocal warm ups with the audience. Something that intimate, where they realize, 'Oh yeah, he's just a fucking dude'." - Dave Grohl

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