George Michael, Freddie Mercury and Elton John: How they ruled the ’80s British Pop Empire


George Michael and Freddie

6 January 2017 by Dorian Lynskey


The Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985, was, among other things, a time capsule of British pop at its imperial peak.

The evening’s lineup featured three rejuvenated giants of the 1970s — David Bowie, Elton John and Queen — and, for one song only, a young gun [George Michael] who had absorbed lessons from them all.

Michael was a generation younger than John and Mercury, but he felt older than his years and bigger than the ’80s zeitgeist.

For Michael, the success of the more flamboyant Mercury and John in the straight world was inspirational.

Also in ’92, Michael gave a bravura rendition of “Somebody to Love” with the surviving members of Queen at the Mercury tribute concert. “It was probably the proudest moment of my career because it was me living out a childhood fantasy,” he said later. READ FULL ARTICLE