Special 10th Anniversary Edition At 6 pm on April 20th, 1992, Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon, the surviving members of Queen, took the stage of London's legendary Wembley Stadium to announce the start of one of the biggest events in rock history, organised by Queen themselves to pay tribute to their former colleague, the incomparable Freddie Mercury.
The atmosphere of emotion, mixed with joy and sadness, shared by stadium audience, worldwide television viewers, and performers alike, was an experience that will never be forgotten. Queen had invited some of the greatest musical talent in the world to join them in paying tribute to Freddie, who tragically died of AIDS on 24th November 1991.
The aim of the concert was to celebrate Freddie's life and work, but also to increase public awareness of the awful disease which prematurely ended his life. A bonus result was a huge and still growing sum of money raised by the event and its spin offs which has provided funds to help fight AIDS worldwide ever since.
All the guest artists offered their participation for free. The concert was broadcast live on television and radio to 76 countries, from the USA to Russia, and all proceeds, then and now, go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity formed at the time whose charter is the relief of suffering from AIDS throughout the world.The 72,000 people who were fortunate enough to see the concert live did so in glorious Spring weather in front of a stage 370 ft. wide and 90 ft. deep.
The stage was flanked by scaffolding towers over 80 ft. tall, and crowned at the centre of the proscenium arch by a giant Phoenix, a symbol from Queen's crest designed by Freddie in 1969, and now the emblem of the Mercury Phoenix Trust