Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Queen to stream Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for COVID-19 Relief

Queen and Eagle Rock Entertainment have partnered with The Mercury Phoenix Trust to present a special YouTube premiere screening of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

This Friday, May 15, the Official Queen YouTube Channel will be premiering a special stream of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert as part of the ongoing fight with COVID-19, with all donations supporting the World Health Organization. is matching $2 for every $1 donated, with this ongoing Google/YouTube UN Foundation campaign fundraiser running through June 30.

The concert will be available to stream for 48 hours only, starting at 2 PM EST.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place on Easter Monday, April 20, 1992 at London's Wembley Stadium in front of a 72,000 sold-out crowd and global broadcast audience of over one billion.

The concert was a tribute to Queen's lead vocalist, who died of AIDS on November 24, 1991. Queen’s remaining members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon were joined on stage by many of the biggest acts in the world including David Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Robert Plant, Metallica, Liza Minelli, Def Leppard, Seal, Roger Daltrey and many more; the concert was to be the last large scale live event Deacon performed with Queen.

The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust, where a core part of Queen and Freddie’s legacy and has gone on to provide in excess of £17m to over 1000 projects in 57 countries in the ongoing fight against AIDS worldwide.

All funds from the streaming event go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (powered by UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation), to help ensure patients get the care they need, frontline workers get essential supplies and information, and accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments. For all donations made between March 15 to June 30, and YouTube will match up to $5M.

YouTube covers all transaction fees; The United Nations Foundation brings together the ideas, people, and resources the United Nations needs to drive global progress and tackle urgent problems.

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