George Michael and Paul Young memories


The lineup for 1986’s Prince’s Trust Rock Gala needs to be seen to be believed.

To celebrate a triumphant decade of helping vulnerable young people get their lives back on track, Prince Charles decided to hold a rock concert.

After ten years of incredible work supporting many of the country's most at-risk youths, the Prince Of Wales assembled an all-star cast of rock and pop music's greatest icons worthy of the charity's anniversary.

On 20th June 1986, Wembley Arena was lit up with an incredible roster of artists who joined each other on stage for a major celebration.

The likes of Sir Elton John, Sir Rod Stewart, Sting, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Sir Paul McCartney all dazzled a crowd of 12,000 plus, performing their greatest hits in one of the decade's most talked about spectacles.

And that's not the half of it: Bryan Adams, Ultravox's Midge Ure, Level 42's Mark King, Joan Armatrading, Status Quo, and Dire Strait's Mark Knopfler made up the all-star backing band.

But one specific duet that happened on the night continues to send shivers down the spines of anyone lucky enough to witness it.

Two of the era's most soulful icons, George Michael and Paul Young would join one another on stage, in an impromptu rendition of Young's classic hit 'Every Time You Go Away'.

Although Macca would headline the concert, George's surprise appearance certainly overshadowed the former Beatle's grand finale.

And that's despite Young having already performed his song only minutes earlier.

As George giddily jumps on stage, he addresses the audience to explain the repeat performance:

"You've heard this one already tonight, but I wasn't expecting to come on. It's the only one we both know!"

Not that there was a shred of annoyance in the crowd, as one of the country's greatest ever pop stars graced them with his presence.

And what happened next was sheer magic.

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