Sigh. And here we go again, around that old mulberry bush.
Pingu wrote:I think I remember this particular mulberry bush from way back, and I still disagree I'm afraid. It wasn't a "friends of Freddie" concert after all, it was a global high profile event...
Axl Rose was high profile at the time. So was Hetfield. So was Seal. Zucchero? Er... not really - not on the same scale anyway.
Yes I'm afraid my focus was on the actual subject of the thread, ie Chris Thompson. So let's talk about Zucchero? OK. He was the wild card on the day, certainly the least high profile in comparison with other acts. What he DID have was a very big, very recent hit single with Paul Young.
On the charts for twelve weeks in 1991 and reaching number 4 in the UK, fact fans.
Let's look at Chris Thompson's record.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band had got to number 6 in the UK charts in 1976 and 1978 with "Blinded By The Light" and "Davy's On The Road Again".
OK, I can also find a single called "If You Remember Me" by Chris Thompson and Night. It was on the charts for five weeks in 1979 and reached number 42.
A little bit out outdated there. Let's see what he'd done in the years immediately pre tribute concert that the audience might have recognised.
From good old Wiki
In 1989, Thompson recorded the single "The Challenge (Face It)" as the official theme song for the 1989 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. He co-wrote the song with Harold Faltermeyer. A year later, in 1990, Thompson worked again with Faltermeyer in writing the 1990 song for Wimbledon, Hold the Dream by Franzisca.
Also in 1990, Thompson recorded the single "This Is The Moment" as the official theme song for the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.
So in the Zucherro vs Chris Thompson race for the bottom, who is the least significant, the least well known, the most likely to make the audience say "just who the fuck is that?" and go to the bar/turn the TV off, because frankly that's what we're into now folks, I think Chris just
about trumps Zucherro.
(Seb - 'Except Chris met Freddie and Zucherro didn't. So Chris gets the gig!')
Pingu wrote:Gary Cherone made sense too, the other 'support' group lead singers also returned for a song each.
Really? Bob Geldof returned? Michael McKean?
You know exactly
what I meant*, as did literally everyone else.
But here it is in full anyway.
"Gary Cherone from Extreme made sense too. After all, the lead singers of the other
three globally successful rock bands, each of whom had played a set in the opening half of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS awareness on April 20th 1992 (ie. Joe Elliot from Def Leppard, Axl Rose from Guns n Roses and James Hetfield from Metallica) all returned to the stage to sing at least one song each with the surviving members of Queen (Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor) plus assorted backing musicians (including Tony Iommi, Maggie Ryder, Miriam Stockley, Spike Edney and also Chris Thompson from Manfred Mann's Earth Band.)"
(Seb - 'The latter of whom should have replaced Gary Cherone, as Chris met Freddie once.')
Though quite what they were thinking of, NOT having a fictional character in a wig from Spinal Tap sing "Delilah", or Bob Geldof singing "You Take My Breath Away" is beyond me.
Edit -f**k it.