Following Freddie Mercury’s untimely death in November 1991, the three remaining members of Queen wanted to honour their friend and frontman in the best way possible. So in April 1992, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place. Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon performed alongside a whole host of rock stars in the Queen singer’s memory.

The first half saw bands inspired by Queen perform from Metallica to Guns N’ Roses.

While the second half saw the band themselves play Queen hits with help from others.

And the man who had the honour of being the first person to sing with Queen since Freddie’s death was Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott.

The singer opened the second half of the charity gig with Queen and Slash, performing Tie Your Mother Down.

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Elliott, who is great friends with Brian May, revealed how Def Leppard got involved with The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.

He said: “Basically when Roger [Taylor] announced they were going to put this concert together I got a call from Brian the next day.”

May said: “I take it you’ve heard, I want you in. We both want you in.

“Will you perform at Freddie’s tribute gig?”

Elliott said how he didn’t even have to contact the rest of Def Leppard because of course, they’d do it.

The band performed Now I’m Here with May, as well as Animal and Let’s Get Rocked in the first half.

Before Elliott had the honour of being the first person to sing with Queen since Freddie’s death.

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