Queen were (and are) an entirely different breed of glam rock. In some ways, they created the genre that Sunset Strip artists would later manipulate. Their stage shows were elaborate and Mercury could just sing. His voice, coupled with complex musical arrangements always made for a legendary music experience.
Freddie Mercury died of AIDS 16 years ago today. His death from the horrible disease created awareness and artists from all musical genres came together for the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert to raise money for AIDS research. That concert was held at Wembley Stadium and broadcast around the world.
Here's Extreme's blistering performance at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: