10 Iconic Final Concerts Plus The End Of Beatlemania
Final Performance: August 9, 1986
Onstage, Queen's Freddie Mercury was Superman. The ultimate frontman, he was simply born to rock stadiums, and during the band's 1986 Magic Tour, Mercury was at the top of his game. More than one million fans bought tickets to the tour's 26 European dates, making it one of the largest rock tours in history.
The tour isn't remembered for its size, of course. Today, it's remembered as Queen's last tour with Mercury before he died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991. No one knew that would or even could happen one day soon at what turned out to be the original band's final concert at Knebworth Park, however. There, everything was still golden, with 120,000 fans witnessing the end of one of rock and roll's greatest live eras. Mercury himself managed to go out as true rock royalty, wearing a crown and cape during the show's encore.