Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May on rumours George Michael almost replaced Freddie

Freddie’s loss of life in November 1991 devastated the star’s followers and mates worldwide. He additionally left his band with out a frontman. Before his sickness began to take its toll on touring and recording, Queen was nonetheless driving excessive after Live Aid and the Magic World Tour. Was there a way the group may nonetheless go on? At the 1992 Wembley tribute live performance,  the largest stars in music took to the stage to carry out with Taylor, May and John Deacon however just one had everybody speaking about him taking on from Freddie. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH INCREDIBLE FOOTAGE OF GEORGE MICHAEL REHEARSING WITH QUEEN

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert happened on at Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992

The extraordinary line-up included Elton John, Roger Daltrey (of The Who), Tony Iommi (of Black Sabbath), Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin), Joe Elliott (of Def Leppard) and Phil Collins, Axl Rose and Slash (of Guns N’ Roses) and Liza Minnelli.

George Michael carried out three songs with Queen: 39, These Are the Days of Our Lives (with Lisa Stansfield) and Somebody to Love.

Taylor mentioned he was “magnificent” whereas May known as him “staggering.”

Michael known as the show: “in all probability the proudest, proudest second for me of my profession, as a result of it was me residing out a childhood fantasy, I suppose, to sing certainly one of Freddie’s songs in entrance of 80,000 folks.

“It was a very unusual combination of unbelievable satisfaction and actual disappointment for me.”

May mentioned afterward: “I must say it was a thrill to work with George Michael.

“Without any form of falseness, he was one of many nice surprises to most individuals of the night, I do know. It wasn’t a shock to me as a result of I knew he may do it. I knew he had that in him.

“In addition to the nice delicacy which he has — the nice management, nice dynamics — he has monumental energy.

“And from the second he stepped into the rehearsal room and was doing Somebody to Love, we went, ‘Whoa.’

“I feel in most individuals’s feeling, he received closest to the vary of Freddie himself.”

May added: “Strange sufficient, the rehearsals had been very memorable. The calibre of individuals we had there was so unbelievable, and the dedication, the sensation was so fantastic. It was nice. It did really feel good.

“People like Mr Michael — it was staggering to work with folks of that calibre.”

Soon after the live performance, hypothesis unfold that Michael may step in to fill Freddie’s footwear. 

Freddie would have been amused, little doubt. He as soon as playfully dismissed Michael’s singing when he was speaking of his nice admiration for Aretha Franklin.

He mentioned: “She will need to have top-of-the-line voices ever and she sings like a dream. I want I may sing half in addition to she does…

“I’d love Aretha to sing Somebody To Love, really… But as for me making an attempt to sing together with her? Well, she hasn’t approached me but! I’m mad that George Michael did a duet together with her. I may have carried out it higher!”


In a brand new interview with Classic Rock journal, Taylor displays on these rumours on the time.

He mentioned: “I keep in mind listening to the rumours, however it would not have suited us.

“George wasn’t actually used to working with a reside band. When he heard the ability he had behind him in rehearsal, he couldn’t consider it. He thought he was on Concorde or one thing.”


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