Michael called the show: “probably the proudest, proudest moment for me of my career, because it was me living out a childhood fantasy, I suppose, to sing one of Freddie’s songs in front of 80,000 people.

“It was a really strange mixture of incredible pride and real sadness for me.”

May said afterward: “I would have to say it was a thrill to work with George Michael.

“Without any kind of falseness, he was one of the great surprises to most people of the evening, I know. It wasn’t a surprise to me because I knew he could do it. I knew he had that in him.

“In addition to the great delicacy which he has — the great control, great dynamics — he has enormous power.

“And from the moment he stepped into the rehearsal room and was doing Somebody to Love, we went, ‘Whoa.’

“I think in most people’s feeling, he got closest to the range of Freddie himself.”


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