Roger Daltrey will be among the performers on September 5th at One Mayfair in London in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust. The concert, which falls on what would've been Freddie Mercury's 67th birthday, will feature an assortment of guests -- including the Spice Girls' Melanie C -- raising money for AIDS related causes. The house band for the evening will once again be fronted by Queen's regular musical director and keyboard player Spike Edney and his All Star band. There's been no official announcement as to whether Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor will be performing as well, but insider word is that it is expected.
Roger Daltrey spoke about Freddie Mercury in the show's press release, saying, "Freddie was a unique talent. . . A one off!"
Daltrey has been adamant that the his main purpose for being on stage has always been to help the audience lighten their load: "There's enough people having a miserable time out there, and live music -- 'great way to lift your spirits. I want to give people a good time and if we have fun, they'll have fun."
Although there are numerous Queen related projects in the pipeline, guitarist Brian May admits that there hangs a rather large question mark over what he and drummer Roger Taylor intend to do with the Queen brand in terms of full scale concert tours: "It's not that easy to get together. It might sound. . . y'know, everybody says, 'Hey, you guys should do something,' y'know? But actually, we all have our lives to lead, and we all have our stars to follow, and it's not that easy being Queen without Freddie."
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