2016 has been a brutal year for many reasons, but high among those reasons has been the loss of so many brilliant musicians who left us before their time. If you’re a Gen-Xer like me, the loss of so many gender non-conforming pop icons of the MTV era like David Bowie, Prince, Pete Burns of Dead or Alive (hey, he was an icon to me) and now George Michael, who passed away on Christmas day, well…it’s just all been a little bit too much to bear. Thankfully, we will forever have their music and videos to remind us of their incredible talent.
Now, thanks to the folks at Uproxx, a video has surfaced featuring two of the incredible performers we lost this year. In the video, we see George Michael rehearsing for a 1992 tribute concert for Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who had died in late 1991. In this raw rehearsal footage of Michael’s performance of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” we see the pop icon slay the crowd, as the kids say today.
And among the crowd backstage watching the rehearsal is none other than the legendary David Bowie, who looks impressed as hell with George Michael for hitting those tough notes and nailing the number. And let me remind you, Bowie was not known as an easy man to impress. (Also in the background watching is a very young Seal, at the start of his career.)
What do you think of this incredible performance, and what was your favorite George Michael (or David Bowie) moment? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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