Freddie Mercury's Live Aid set was 'genius', explains Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl

17 January 2020, 09:35

'Freddie Mercury's Live Aid set was genius,' says Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl
'Freddie Mercury's Live Aid set was genius,' says Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Picture: PA

By Rory O'Connor

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has hailed Queen's Freddie Mercury for winning over the crowd at Live Aid, calling it "genius".

Queen's 1985 Live Aid set saw Freddie perform at Wembley Stadium for around 20 minutes, even getting the audience involved in a back-and-forth call with the crowd after two songs.

Freddie began with 'Bohemian Rhapsody' before the crowd clapped along to 'Radio Ga Ga'.

Speaking via FreddieMercuryClub, Dave said: "Every band should study Queen at Live Aid.

Queen's Freddie Mercury performing at Live Aid
Queen's Freddie Mercury performing at Live Aid. Picture: PA

"If you really feel like that barrier is gone, you become Freddie Mercury.

"I consider him the greatest frontman of all time.

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"Like, it's funny? You'd imagine that Freddie was more than human, but... you know how he controlled Wembley Stadium at Live Aid in 1985?

Queen's Freddie Mercury
Queen's Freddie Mercury. Picture: PA

"He stood up there and did his vocal warm-ups with the audience. Something that intimate, where they realise, 'Oh yeah, he's just a f***ing dude'."

Guitarist Brian May also paid tribute to his Queen bandmate, saying: "Freddie was our secret weapon.

"He was able to reach out to everybody in that stadium effortlessly, and I think it was really his night."

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