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QUEEN X GUNS N' ROSES - A powerful connection (part 2)


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This Thursday, 24/11 were completed 20 years of the death of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen.

In this second part, you (re) see one of the most famous tributes of Guns n 'Roses to the band of Freddie Mercury and Brian May

Participation in the concert in tribute to Queen singer in 1992.

See how it was ...


When the singer of Queen died in November 1991, Guns n 'Roses was the most popular band on the planet.

Wanted by the press, Axl Rose has not stopped talking about Mercury.

He pointed Freddie Mercury as his most important influence on youth.

At the Rockline radio show, which aired a few days after Mercury's death, Rose asked the DJ to play the song "Who Wants to Live Forever" from the album "Kind of Magic," released in 1986 by Queen.

And remembered how much he meant to Freddie Mercury.

- If I had not the words of Freddie Mercury to grab me when I was a kid, I do not know where she was. The Queen taught me so much about all forms of music, really opened my mind. I never had a teacher so important in my life.

Shortly thereafter, when the other members of Queen decided to organize a mega-concert to celebrate the life of singer and warn people about the danger of AIDS, the world learned how Guns N 'Roses loved the Queen.

Guns was invited to play.

But some groups of gay rights advocates want to ban the band from the show.

These groups believed that Axl Rose was homophobic and that it would make sense that his band played a concert in tribute to Freddie Mercury, who was homosexual.

For those who do not remember, Axl was "marked" as "homophobic" in the 80 and 90 because of the song "One in a Million," CD "GN'R Lies", which has the infamous phrase "Immigrants and fagots / they make sense to me in "(" Immigrants and fags / make no sense to me ").

Despite protests by gay groups, Guns n 'Roses - has completely disfigured without Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler, but with Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - was keen to accept the invitation.

And the guys playing the Queen of the band's presence on the show.

Despite a few threats and lots of Greater spotted, all went well on the show.

Guns played two songs: "Paradise City" and "Knockin 'on Heaven's Door."

Well, so far, nothing more.

But after ...

Then it was animal.

Axl Rose and Slash made cameos playing three songs with the Queen.

Performances are unique, that only happened in this show and never repeated.


It started with Slash.

The guitarist performed "Tie Your Mother Down" with the guys from Queen.


"Tie Your Mother Down" is the opening song of the album "A Day at the Races" in 1976, still at the stage of the Queen rocker.

you and Elliot, lead singer of Def Leppard, took the place of Freddie Mercury in this jam.

Notice in the video below, which gives a rotten Joe Elliot music.

But still worth listening to.

See how it was ..

After it was time for Slash Axl Rose, who sang the classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Elton John.


Elton John?


It was the first time that Axl had the chance to sing a duet with her ​​idol.

Notice how Elton John sings the first part of the song (slower) and Axl enters the second part of the song, the part that the "things get hard."

In the end, when the music slows again, the two sing together.

Do not ask why the blog, but Axl is a performance killer.

A devastating performance that recalled the golden days of Guns n 'Roses.

Maybe it was because Axl knew the whole world was watching that show on TV.

Or because he wanted to honor all his admiration for Freddie Mercury.

At the end of the concert, Axl sang the mega hit "We Will Rock You" - one of the most anticipated of the night by the crowd that packed Wembley Stadium.

Although the music has been shortened in this show, Axl again sang like a possessed, too, but many will.

Three unforgettable performances.



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Elton sang with Axl the same reason he'd sing with Eminem years later, but the hard rock/metal community at that time was notoriously homophobic (and the hip-hop community to an extent), Elton had recently cleaned up from his own drug problems. After Ryan White died from AIDS due to a blood transfusion, he changed his act. A kid died for a really stupid reason.

The concert was part of what got Elton's AIDS foundation rolling. It wasn't just a concert to pay tribute to Freddie, but it was also one of, if not the first major events on that big of a scale that tied into AIDS awareness.

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I just watched this DVD for the first time in a very long time... Must have been one of the greatest shows ever, and for a very good sake.

yeah, and despite the sad nature of Fred's passing, you just couldn't wipe the smiles off everybody on that stage...

Except maybe when Seal did Who Wants To Live Forever, at that point I don't think there was a dry eye in the stadium.

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