George Michael’s death has most certainly caused quite the ripple among the music world. And while I always admired his ability to craft a catchy-as-hell pop tune, it was his voice I was always most impressed with, no more so than the day the rock world paid tribute to Freddie Mercury.
To call the lineup of Freddie’s tribute concert “star studded” was a complete understatement. But the highlight of April 20, 1992 at Wembley for me was courtesy of a guy I did not expect, a pop guy named George.
When I first heard of the lineup, I was super psyched for performances from Roger Daltrey, Metallica, Def Leppard, Robert Plant and David Bowie among others. When all was said and done though, it was George Michael’s three-song set that stole the show.
In my book, this will always be George Michael’s crowning achievement and finest hour. RIP to an amazing talent!
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