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Awesome: Queen

Moments of Awesome:

  • How many rock singers have performed in sold-out stadiums? Some. How many have performed (in this case, pre-recorded the performance) a song for the Olympic Games? "One."
  • Their single greatest Moment Of Awesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Arena during Live Aid, in 1985. Freddie Mercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was recently voted the Greatest Live Gig By Any Band EVER, and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. (They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.)
    • Almost a year later, Queen returned to Wembley for a show all their own, which became another great example of Freddie making that whole stadium his bitch.
  • Freddie's Dying Moment of Awesome: Brian was worried that Freddie might be too sick to do justice to "The Show Must Go On." Freddie downed a shot of vodka, said "I'll fucking do it, darling!" and nailed the lead vocal in one take.
    • Also "Mother Love," which was Freddie's last vocal recording. His almost supernatural performance during the middle eight is enough to send shivers down any listener's spine. When you realise that such powerful singing came from a man with barely a foot out of the grave, the more remarkable it is.
  • A more singular Moment of Awesome for Brian May, who got to play God Save The Queen (which the band had previously covered as an instrumental way back on A Night At The Opera in 1975) at HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee celebration.

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