Joe Elliott Reflects On Being The First Person To Sing With Queen After Freddie Mercury’s Death


Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot recently reminisced when he was honored by being the first person ever to sing with Queen after Freddie Mercury’s death in the 40th episode of the ‘Queen The Greatest’ documentary series on Youtube. Joe also reflected upon his emotions and how it was like to be in Freddie’s shoes.

After Freddie Mercury’s unfortunate death in 1991, the remaining members planned a Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert to remember Freddie and his music with the help of various significant musicians. The concert was to celebrate Freddie’s life along with funding money to go to AIDS research and spreading awareness. After May and Taylor released the tickets for the Wembley Stadium, every 72,000 tickets got sold out in only three hours, even before they released the other performers’ names.

All this attention and excitement were on the remaining Queen members and to honor Freddie’s legacy. During the show, there were over 16 iconic musicians who took their place on stage including Elton John, Tony Iommi, David Bowie, James Hetfield, Robert Plant, Axl Rose, and Joe Elliot. In fact, Joe Elliot was the first performer to go on stage with the band after Freddie had died, and he recalled this recently.

Def Leppard icon stated how exciting and nervous it was for someone to be in front of almost 80,000 people, and also a billion others watching on TV. He stated that standing in Freddie’s shoes as one solo person is impossible and that concert needed 20 people to be able to sing different Queen songs because not one person could do it except for Freddie Mercury himself.

Here are Joe Elliot’s words:

“I was the first person to sing with Queen after Fred died. Going on stage, in front of 80,000 people and a billion people on TV. Holy sh*t. You never think it’d be possible to get one person to stand in Fred’s shoes because there’s no way I could have done anything other than, say, the rock stuff. With the ‘Freddie Mercury Tribute Show,’ you needed 20 characters to even come close to pulling on his coattails.”