Watch Metallica’s ” Enter Sandman ” Performance At Freddie Mercury’s Tribute Show
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On Easter Monday, 20 April 1992, 72,000 people attended the Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom for the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness. Fans of music across the globe were mourning the loss of one of the most talented vocalists, frontmen, and songwriters in the annals of popular music.
The singer had finally declared his diagnosis of AIDS the day before he passed away, despite the fact that rumors had persisted about his health during the late 1980s when Queen ceased performing live and Mercury dramatically curtailed the number of public appearances he made. By 1992, the surviving members of Queen, John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor, as well as the band’s manager, Jim Beach, collaborated to organize a performance in honor of Freddie Mercury’s life and legacy. The event was also intended to raise funds for AIDS research and increase awareness about the disease.
Yet, the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was more than merely a tribute and a charity event. It was also the moment for some of the biggest stars in music to remember and honor one of their own who had passed away. Some were longtime associates and partners in the creative process, while others were famous fans who grew up with the band’s music. After Mercury’s death, a slew of talented musicians flocked to the Wembley stage to take their hand at filling Mercury’s shoes. Several musicians guest starred at the event, such as the likes of Metallica, who openly admit that Queen were one of the rock groups they looked up to when making music.
You can watch Metallica’s performance of “Enter Sandman” at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness below.