Tribute To Freddie Mercury
Saturday 24th November 2001.
Here I saw Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen LIVE.
Below are some of the photos I took:
Roger and Brian
Roger and Brian
Roger playing the tambourine
Here I cut around Roger as he was covering Brian's face with his tambourine!
Here is my article about the
Tribute to Freddie Mercury 2001 which appeared in the University of Greenwich
magazine the ‘Sarky Cutt.’
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.
It’s not often you see two of rock’s legends but that’s what happened on Saturday 24th November 2001. I was at the Oceans nightclub in Hackney, London and saw Brian May and Roger Taylor from the rock group Queen. The evening was called ‘A Tribute To Freddie Mercury’ as it was the tenth anniversary of the Queen front man’s death. We knew there would be some tribute bands attending but did not expect Brian and Roger.
After the tribute bands had performed Queen’s former keyboardist started playing the opening section of the Queen song ‘Radio Ga Ga.’ To the crowds amazement Brian and Roger just walked out onto the stage. It was the first time the band had been together since they performed with Elton John in 1997. Everyone therefore naturally went mad and you could feel yourself being pushed around in the audience.
After they finished ‘Radio Ga Ga,’ Roger sang his own song ‘Strange Frontier’ followed by Brian singing the Rainbow song ‘Since You Been Gone.’ To the crowds delight they also performed another two Queen songs which everyone wanted to hear played live again, ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ and ‘Under Pressure’ with Trina Morris.
The next Queen song had never been performed on stage and was a fitting tribute to Freddie Mercury who died at forty-five. It was called ‘No-One But You’ and featured the lyrics “only the good die young.” At this point you could see Brian was emotional like the rest of the Queen fans in the audience.
At the end of the show Freddie’s image was put up on the big screen and the crowd screamed and cried out his name. At this point you saw the strong feelings people express towards celebrities in our culture. In a way it was almost religious. I wonder whether the Queen of England would promote such a reaction.
On the way out AIDS bows were being sold as Freddie died from this disease. Part of the ticket money also went to Freddie’s AIDS charity The Mercury Phoenix Trust. The fans therefore had a great time and also supported a good cause.
Nicholas Danton 2010: