Queen Announces Mercury Phoenix Trust Benefit Show

Queen have announced plans for a special charity show and auction to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust. The show will raise money for AIDS research and support, and is scheduled to take place at the One Mayfair venue in London on September 5.

The remaining Queen members will be joined by some elite company for the event, including the Who's Roger Daltrey, Melanie C, Alfie Boe and Al Murray. The night will also feature performances by a house band including Queen's musical director and keyboardist Spike Edney.

The band broke news of the event in an official release, listing the auction items as: "a signed Katy Perry photo (with Katy dressed as Freddie!), a Taylor Swift signature red guitar and a box for 10 at the Royal Albert Hall. The main prize is a 3 night stay in New York with VIP guest passes to the Tribeca film festival with a meet and greet with Robert De Niro."

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