I think he was awesome,
in WWRY he was just great. that version of WWRY is my favorate, i like it even more than the original version.
when he screamed "Come Ooooon" it was just great.
and he did a pretty good job in Bohrap.
I don't know why don't you guys like him.
I might be one of the biggest Axl fans here, but I don't think any of his performances on that day were very good. Well, it was at the height of his 'gargling shards of glass whilst perpetually legging it around the stage to avoid a sniper' stage persona phase. Still, as G&G pointed out, at least heused to keep most of his appointments on those days.
Personally, I would have liked to have heard him sing BoRhap all the way through by himself. Axl was/is capable of delivering a ballad with some feeling as well as belting out a hard rock song. BoRhap and The Show Must Go On show Elton's lack of range these days.
As Robert Plant said "no one could do a Freddie", and I agree. Aside from George Michael, no one could really sing a Queen song like Freddie. Extreme did well, I love Robert Plant and the way he did Crazy Little Thing Called Love was very cute, Bowie is Bowie and I love him as well as Annie Lennox who is amazing herself, but Elton (whom I also absolutely love) could not sing a Freddie song and neither could Axl. I thought he was horrible. I understand Axl was/is a fan of Queen and that's great, but didn't I hear something about Freddie not caring for him? If so, why was he even asked to perform at his tribute?
Nah.. I didn't really like his performance. But as said before, no one could be Freddie or sing Queen songs as well as Freddie. George Michael was great, as Roger once said in an interview, it was almost "scary" how he performed "Somebody To Love" cos it was so similar to the way Freddie used to sing it. I loved George's performance. And Lisa's "I Want To Break Free" was brilliant, too, I think.
I agree, Elton John is a great singer and composer but he couldn't sing Queen songs. I think "The Show Must Go On" sung by Elton John sounds terrible!
I think that George Michael's performance was the only good one of the tribute (along with Annie Lennox and David Bowie's "Under Pressure", maybe), also if his "Somebody To Love" was a semitone lower than the original version. Anyway, GM was great, while almost every other performer sucked that night (of course it's not their fault, these songs are made for Freddie and no one else could ever do them the way we love)
As with most tribute concerts/albums, the Freddie tribute only made me want to hear the originals more than ever. I think the tribute showed us what a unique talent Freddie was, since many of the days top music stars could not emulate his vocal performances, live or not. There was an interview with Brian May on MTV around the time that the tribute first aired and he was asked why Guns N Roses were included, especially since they had just released an album with the song "One In A Million" which bashed homosexuals. Brian said that Axl was genuinely inspired at a young age by Queen, he wanted to contribute, and that by including GNR and Metallica the tribute was more effective since it was not just a gathering of the "usual" activist artists, but musicians from the whole spectrum of genres; metal, pop, etc.
I thought Extreme were good on the day. Although you cant hear it on the video, at the beginning of thier 'medley', the sound wwas totally fucked up and we couldnt hear a word of it in the stadium. Paul Young sounded as though someone was pulling on his nuts and Innuendo was awful. I think GnR were superb. My highlight of the whole day was Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor bieng told to 'Get Off'!!
I love Guns N' Roses... but for obvious reasons my thoughts on Axl (as well as many G'n'R fans) are shared by love and hate.
His performance was superb at the tribute concert... but the only bad thing I have to criticize from him was missing the tempo on 'We Will Rock You'. Other than that, IMO the best performer of the night behind George Michael.
Bowie was just awful...
So were Paul Youngand Zucchero...
And so were Elton John and Axl...IMO
Highlihts wre for me Extreme, George Michael...and James Hetfield...C'mon, this song already sounds like Metallica,he sang it really well I think...
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AXL rocked ! - I was there on 20th April 1992 , he got the crowd going - wwry was good - paradise city was excellent !