Axl Rose ‘no showed’ a rehearsal with Queen for their 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute concert, though he later did show up for the actual show. Roger Taylor told the story in a new Classic Rock interview.
There was a huge outpouring of love around the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium.
“I do remember reading some very average reviews from The Sun or some spunky rag like that. I don’t know, I was in this whirlwind of activity – it felt like I was in some sort of dream. I do remember being determined that we’d get Elton singing with Axl, which was great, because Axl never turned up for rehearsal. David turned up, Robert Plant was lovely. George Michael was magnificent.”
You had the best seat in the house for every Queen gig. What was it like up there when the band were in full flight?
“It was fantastic. When we were on we were a real machine. And when Freddie was on form it was magnificent. But I have to say that Brian and I still play as well as we ever did technically. Maybe without the fire and ferocity, but we still make a very big noise.”
Axl Rose was more prompt for rehearsals and performances when he stepped in for Brian Johnson and sang for AC/DC in 2016.