Queen's Roger Taylor responds to rumours George Michael turned down replacing Freddie Mercury
24 February 2021, 14:26
George Michael famously joined Queen for Freddie Mercury's tribute concert in 1992, but was his appearance so good that he almost replaced the late frontman in the band?
George joined the group for three songs during 1992’s Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, including a powerful performance of 'Somebody to Love', leading to rumours that he would sign up full time.
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However, Roger Taylor has now said that George was never offered the job, and that he wouldn’t have suited the group.
“I remember hearing the rumours but it wouldn’t have suited us,” he told Classic Rock.
“George wasn’t really used to working with a live band. When he heard the power he had behind him in rehearsal, he couldn’t believe it. He thought he was on Concorde or something."
Queen & George Michael - Somebody to Love (The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert)