The 35th Anniversary Of Queen’s Last Performance With Freddie Mercury In Front Of 120,000 Fans
There aren’t many people in the world who would oppose the statement that Queen is one of the most iconic and remarkable bands in rock history, and if there are, they should keep silent near the band’s big fanbase. The world-renown English band was formed in 1970 by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and Roger Taylor, who later on recruited John Deacon.
The band achieved worldwide success in the mid-’70s after the release of ‘A Night at the Opera,’ and they came to be known for their progressive music, bravery to explore new sounds within rock music, and of course, unforgettable live shows.
Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury is still considered to be one of the best entertainers of all time and is often praised for his four-octave vocal range and flamboyant style which altered the conventions of the rock frontman. Although the band got on stage hundreds of times and put on an amazing show there was one concert that will forever remain unforgettable and it was made possible by Freddie.
Which One Was Queen’s Last Performance With Freddie Mercury?
Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985 is definitely noted down as one of the world’s best live shows ever, and it has great sentimental value. However, the band’s Magic Tour in 1986 is also often praised both for the band members’ amazing performances and as it was their last tour together.
The Magic Tour’s biggest highlight was expected to be their show at Wembley Stadium scheduled for July 12, 1986. The show left a mark in history even before it actually happened as the tickets sold out in just two hours. Following this, Freddie Mercury suggested that they add another date but as they couldn’t book Wembley for the next day, they instead booked July 11.
Furthermore, they added a third date but because Wembley wasn’t available they decided to play at Knebworth Park, and that performance came to be known as Queen’s last performance with Mercury. Over 120,000 fans packed the park and Freddie Mercury’s performance truly reflected the long way that the band members had come musically since their formation.
The way that Freddie Mercury played with his voice during vocal improvisation and the excitement that fans felt to sing with the instruction of their favorite musician is still a powerful image and sound. Interestingly, although Freddie Mercury hadn’t been diagnosed with AIDS yet, everyone there somehow felt that this was the band’s last performance together.
In fact, Brian May recalled Freddie telling him that he’s not going to be doing this forever and that this is probably going to be the last time, and it was as the band continued recording until the icon’s passing but never got on stage together again.
You can watch Queen performing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ together for the last time below.