So, how many people attended the charity AIDS concert on Independence Square in Kyiv (Kiev)? Hundreds of thousands by all appearances. The free concert came as part of the Euro 2012 football soccer championship last Saturday night in the capital of Ukraine.The concert was organized by the Elena Pinchuk Foundation for AIDS awareness.
Former Queen band mate and front man Freddy Mercury died of AIDS in 1991 and American Idol star Adam Lambert joined Queen for vocals. Elton John used the concert to call on Ukrainians to repudiate violence against homosexuals after a gay pride march in the Ukraine was called off prior to the soccer championship, where leaders were beaten by assailants. BigPondNews reported that the concert was the first and last joint John-Queen performance since 1992.
Watch over 2 hours of concert footage here:
Songs performed during the concert included Queen classics like “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “We Will Rock You,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are the Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Queen and Lambert performed in Moscow on Tuesday night (3 July) and will travel to Poland for a show Saturday before traveling to London for three concerts next week.
The ant-AIDS benefit performance promoted the slogan: “Your life is not a game! Let’s stop AIDS together.” Hundreds of thousands of people attended the concert and millions of Ukrainian and Polish citizens were able to watch it live on TV in Ukraine and Poland.
The concert was free to the public but there was a paid invitation-only VIP zone with a required financial donation to fighting AIDS in Ukraine. In addition to assisting other charities, Elton John has his own AIDS Foundation.