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US News Queen: That is why Roger Taylor thought George Michael was unsuitable as a singer for the band

22:15  23 february  2021
22:15  23 february  2021 Source:   rollingstone.de

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"I remember hearing the rumors, but we wouldn't have liked it," said Taylor.

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"I remember hearing the rumors, but we wouldn't have liked it," said Taylor.

Roger Taylor refuted rumors in an interview with the magazine that Queen wanted to hire British singer George Michael to replace Freddy Mercury after his death. After Freddy Mercury died in 1991 of complications from an AIDS disease , Queen and George Michael paid him an emotional tribute in 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London. Since then, the rumor has been circulating that George Michael was also under discussion as a Queen singer beyond this one-off performance.

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Now Roger Taylor told “ Classic Rock ”: “I remember hearing the rumors, but we would not have liked it.” He explained why a long-term collaboration would not have worked from his point of view: “George was not really used to working with a live band. When he heard the strength he was rehearsing, he couldn't believe it. He thought he was on a Concorde or something. ”

George Michael performed three Queen songs

But then it was obviously enough for a one-off performance. For the " Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness ", George Michael sang the three Queen songs "39", "These Are the Days of Our Lives" and "Somebody to Love." The last two songs were released also in 1993 on the joint EP "Live Five", the proceeds of which Queen and George Michael donated to the non-profit organization " Mercury Phoenix Trust ". They founded Queen shortly after Freddy Mercury's death and have supported the fight against AIDS ever since.

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After the EP came out, George Michael and Queen guitarist Brian May spoke to MTV about their collaboration. Michael said at the time: “It was probably the proudest moment of my career because I probably lived a childhood fantasy and got to sing one of Freddie's songs in front of 80,000 people. It was really strange. A mixture of incredible pride and deep sadness for me. ”And although many people did not trust George Michael at the time to do a Queen song justice, Brian May was enthusiastic about his performance. “It wasn't a surprise to me because I knew he could do it. I knew that he had that in him, ”said the guitarist.

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