Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Video Gets Release Date
Back in June it was announced that the tribute concert held in 1992 in memory of Freddie Mercury would soon be released on DVD and Blu-ray in a remastered and expanded package. Now it has been revealed that ‘The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition’ will be available on Sept. 3, two days before what would have been the Queen frontman's 67th birthday.
The three-DVD/Blu-ray package brings together the concert's main set -- featuring the surviving members of Queen with Robert Plant, Elton John, David Bowie and others filling in for the late Mercury -- and previously unavailable footage of the opening acts, including performances by Metallica, Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard. A third disc contains a 60-minute documentary, rehearsal footage and photo galleries.
Blabbermouth reports that the Blu-ray will be an SD Blu-ray with upscaled standard definition original material with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD surround sound. You can watch the trailer above.
Proceed from the sale of the video will go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which distributes funds to AIDS-related charities worldwide. The Mercury Phoenix Trust was launched in 1992 with the money raised by the original tribute concert, which took place on April 20, 1992.