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Monday, 20th April 1992
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  • Location / London, England
  • Venue / Wembley Stadium
  • Event / The Freddie Mercury Tribute Show / A Concert For Aids Awareness

The first show by the band in this city since April 1988 on the Hysteria tour.

The first time at this venue and a second show with new guitarist Vivian Campbell.

The venue was located in the Wembley area of North West London.

It was opened in April 1923 with a capacity of 127,000 which was downsized later to 82,000 (72,000 for concerts by 1992).

It was originally named Empire Stadium and then British Exhibition Stadium before becoming Wembley Stadium and hosting many famous sporting events and concerts including Live Aid in 1985.

This original stadium was closed in 2000 (demolished from 2002-2003) and a new one was (eventually) completed on the same site in 2007 with a 90,000 capacity.

A tribute show for Queen's Freddie Mercury who died in November 1991 which had been announced Brian May and Roger Taylor at the 12th February 1992 Brit Awards ceremony.

Four opening bands played fifteen minute sets including a tribute to Queen.

The first time Lep had played a show broadcast 'live' on TV which was directed by David Mallet who had directed many of the bands early videos from 'Pyromania' and the 'High 'n' Dry' reissue.

The event was broadcast live on BBC2 TV and BBC Radio 1 in the UK and on MTV in the USA as the 'Concert For Life'.

Technical hitches with Rick's drums made the first two songs slightly awkward but a cover of 'Now I'm Here' featuring Brian May saved things.

Joe sang on the first Queen song, later joined by Phil for backing vocals on a Mott The Hoople classic also featuring Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson and David Bowie which Joe later said was his most memorable career moment.

Rehearsals had taken place with the members of Queen and all other acts a few days before at Bray Studios in Windsor, Berkshire. The soundchecks took place on 19th April at the stadium. Photos from both of these events can be seen in the Photo Galleries section.

Recordings of this show exist from the various TV and Radio broadcasts and it was also issued on VHS and later on DVD but without Def Leppard's full set. only 'Animal' and 'Now I'm Here' were included.

Read more about this show in the Lep History section.

Fan Photos.

show intro

  • 00 - Roger Taylor Introduction Speech


songs by album

  • Queen Setlist
  • 01 - Tie Your Mother Down - (w/ Joe Elliott)
  • 13 - All The Young Dudes - (w/ Joe Elliott/Phil Collen/David Bowie/Ian Hunter/Mick Ronson)
  • 21 - We Are The Champions - (w/ Def Leppard/Various On Backing Vocals)

show info

band members

Queen Performances

  • 01 - Brian May - Guitars/Piano/Vocals
  • 02 - Roger Taylor - Drums/Vocals
  • 03 - John Deacon - Bass
  • 04 - Slash - Guitars
  • 05 - David Bowie - Saxophone/Vocals
  • 06 - Ian Hunter - Lead Vocals
  • 07 - Mick Ronson - Guitars


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A view inside the stadium.

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