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KFIX Rock News: Deluxe Version Of Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert To Be Released On DVD, Blu-Ray

mercin2Following Freddie Mercury’s death from AIDS in 1991, Queen’s three surviving members organized a historic, star-packed tribute concert that was held at London’s Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992.

Now, a deluxe DVD containing the entire the show, as well as opening-act performances and a bevy of bonus material, will be released as a three-DVD set and a standard-definition Blu-ray disc on September 3.  Both releases include a freshly remastered soundtrack.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition features Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon teaming up with an incredible list of music luminaries to perform the British rock legends’ best-loved songs.

Among the stars who participated in the event were Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, David Bowie, Elton John, Axl Rose, Slash,James Hetfield, Ian Hunter, Tony Iommi, Joe Elliott, Bob Geldof and Annie Lennox.

The video also boasts the event’s complete opening set, which features performances from Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard and Extreme, as well as an introduction by May, Taylor and Deacon, a speech by Elizabeth Taylor, and a video homage to Mercury.

The extras include footage of the Queen members rehearsing with Bowie, Lennox and other singers; a documentary that marked the 10th anniversary of the concert; photo galleries and more.

In addition to paying tribute to Freddie, the event raised money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity May and Taylor helped establish in honor of the late Queen singer.  The new Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD set features a list price of $29.99, while the Blu-ray will cost $24.98.

Here are the DVD track lists:

Opening Acts
Intro
Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon Introduction
Metallica — “Enter Sandman”
Metallica — “Sad but True”
Metallica — “Nothing Else Matters”
Freddie Montage (Insert)
Extreme — Queen Medley, including “Mustapha,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Keep Yourself Alive,” “I Want to Break Free,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Bicycle Race,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Stone Cold Crazy” and “Radio Ga Ga”
Freddie Montage (Insert)
Def Leppard & Brian May — “Now I’m Here”
Queen — “I’m Going Slightly Mad” video (Insert)
Bob Geldof — “Too Late God”
Guns N’ Roses — “Paradise City”
Guns N’ Roses — “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”
Elizabeth Taylor Speech

Main “Queen +” Set
Joe Elliott, Slash & Queen — “Tie Your Mother Down”
Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi & Queen — “I Want It All”
Zucchero & Queen — “Las Palabras de Amor”
Gary Cherone, Tony Iommi & Queen — “Hammer to Fall”
James Hetfield, Tony Iommi & Queen — “Stone Cold Crazy”
Robert Plant & Queen — “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
Brian May — “Too Much Love Will Kill You”
Paul Young & Queen — “Radio Ga Ga”
Seal & Queen — “Who Wants to Live Forever”
Lisa Stansfield & Queen — “I Want to Break Free”
David Bowie, Annie Lennox & Queen — “Under Pressure”
Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen — “All the Young Dudes”
David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen — “Heroes”
George Michael & Queen — “’39″
George Michael, Lisa Stansfield & Queen — “These Are the Days of Our Lives”
George Michael, London Gospel Choir & Queen — “Somebody to Love”
Elton John, Axl Rose & Queen — “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Elton John, Tony Iommi & Queen — “The Show Must Go On”
Axl Rose & Queen — “We Will Rock You”
Liza Minnelli & Ensemble — “We Are the Champions”

Bonus Material
Rehearsal performances of Queen +
-David Bowie and Annie Lennox — “Under Pressure”
-George Michael and Lisa Stansfield — “These Are the Days of Our Lives”
-George Michael — “Somebody to Love”
10th Anniversary Documentary
Photo Galleries
Mercury Phoenix Trust Facts

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