Brian Might and Roger Taylor on retaining Freddie Mercury’s legacy alive at Mandela live performance | Music | Leisure


Again in 2003, Brian Might and Roger Taylor had been phoned up by Nelson Mandela asking the 2 lively Queen if they may save his live performance for AIDS consciousness in Cape City. Named after his former jail quantity 46664, the charity present was arrange by the South African president to advertise consciousness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Queen had already established the Freddie Mercury Phoenix Belief for a similar purpose following the singer’s loss of life in 1991 of the illness, so it made plenty of sense for them to participate. Though Mandela wasn’t simply asking them to carry out.

Talking on this week’s episode of Queen the Best, Brian stated: “We answered the decision to Madiba. Nelson Mandela is out of the blue on the telephone saying, ‘Are you able to rescue my live performance’, and we produced it for him, and we went on the market and we actually didn’t think about that the by-product could be that we might be re-engaging with an viewers. [It was] one thing to inform your grandchildren I believe. To be within the presence of such greatness, and to be part of this complete enterprise, I simply really feel extremely privileged.” 

The launch of the marketing campaign could be the primary 46664 live performance, which passed off at Cape City’s Inexperienced Level Stadium on November 29, 2003 to an viewers of 40,000 and tens of millions world wide.

The AIDS consciousness live performance included some unimaginable performances alongside Queen, who had been joined by the likes of Beyonce, Bob Geldof, Bono, Oprah Winfrey and a lot of South African stars.

Roger stated: “, we’re not politicians, we’re simply musicians utilizing what we do as a platform to simply elevate consciousness successfully, and if you may get on TV in a lot of the nations on the planet, that’s fairly a great way of elevating consciousness, I believe.  So that is actually a manner of pressurising politicians and pharmaceutical corporations to make the medicine cheaply, or freely obtainable.”

Brian Might added: “We’ll be in search of a sustained dedication and I believe we’re making it ourselves, I imply we definitely really feel that we want ultimately to proceed this excellent membership that has come collectively, the 46664 banner when you like, the trademark.  And we’d prefer to proceed on, and hold hammering away and ensure this isn’t just a bit puff within the wind.”

Within the years that adopted, Queen could be concerned in additional 46664 concert events in Norway, South Africa as soon as once more and a closing UK live performance in London’s Hyde Park on June 27, 2008 attended by 46,664 individuals, which additionally celebrated Mandela’s 90th birthday.

Subsequent week’s episode of Queen The Best will take an in-depth take a look at Brian and Roger’s collaboration with Paul Rodgers.

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