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1992 Freddie Mercury tribute concert to be released on DVD/Blu-ray

on August 20, 2013, 11:25am

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It’s hard to replace one of the rarest vocalists of all time (or the guy who should’ve played him), but on April 20th, 1992, a handful of singers stepped into the shoes of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for a once-in-a-lifetime concert for AIDS awareness. Now, two decades later, the tribute show is coming to DVD and Blu-ray as The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition.

Due out September 3rd from Eagle Rock Entertainment, the three-disc DVD or Blu-ray set contains the complete main set, which features Robert Plant, Elton John, David Bowie, Axl Rose, James Hetfield, and others taking Mercury’s role backed by the surviving Queen members. Also included is previously unreleased footage of opening performances from Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard. The final disc features an hour-long documentary plus rehearsal footage and photos.

All proceeds from the DVD/Blu-ray will benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which supports AIDS charities all over the world. The Trust was originally established with funds raised by this very tribute concert 20 years ago. Below, watch the trailer for the release, which features clips of John, Hetfield, Rose, and others singing the classics of Queen.