The Reason Axl Rose Named Freddie Mercury His ‘Biggest Teacher’ In Life
Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose may be notorious for his endless controversies including feuds and on-stage incidents, but the musician doesn’t entirely hate every other rock star there is. In fact, there’s one artist that he admires so deeply that he named him his greatest teacher.
That musician is no other than late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and Rose has multiple interviews in which he named the rocker the greatest frontman of all time and stressed Mercury’s vital role in his own music career. Let’s take a closer look at Rose’s admiration for Mercury to see how the late rocker changed the GNR icon’s life.
Axl Rose Paid Tribute To Freddie Mercury
Following the tragic death of Freddie Mercury on 24 November 1991 due to AIDS, a tribute concert named ‘The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness’ was held on April 20, 1992, at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom. The benefit concert was just epic with an audience of 72,000, and an audience of up to one billion from television and radio of 76 countries around the world.
The show included a-list rock stars consisting of Joe Elliott, Robert Plant, David Bowie, and countless others who covered Queen’s classics. Elton John and Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose were also spotted performing the legendary ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at the concert. The profits from the concert were used to launch the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity organization.
Axl Rose Named Freddie Mercury ‘The Greatest’
During an interview back in 2018, Axl Rose was asked the greatest frontmen ever as he’s often regarded as one. According to the musician, it’s easy for him to answer that question since Queen is the greatest band, and Freddie is the greatest frontman of all time as they represented many different music styles.
When asked about the greatest frontmen, Rose said:
“For me, it’s easy. Queen is the greatest band and Freddie is the greatest frontman of all time. The band is the greatest because they embraced so many different styles.”
Many fans already knew Rose’s admiration towards Queen and Freddie Mercury just like many other rockers who regard the band and the frontman as the GOAT during interviews. However, not many fans know that Mercury has a special place in the Guns N’ Roses lead singer’s heart from an early age.
Axl Rose had a rough childhood as he was regularly beaten up by his stepfather as well as growing up believing that his stepfather was his biological father. According to the rocker, Freddie Mercury’s lyrics kept him alive as a child in addition to opening his mind in terms of music.
Furthermore, the GNR icon named Freddie Mercury his greatest teacher in life as the musician unawarely encouraged little Axl Rose to find out about all the music genres he will be getting involved in henceforward.
About Mercury, Axl stated:
“If I hadn’t had Freddie Mercury’s lyrics to hold onto as a kid, I don’t know where I would be. It taught me about all forms of music…it would open my mind. I never really had a bigger teacher in my whole life.”
You can watch the tribute concert below.