Scott Heppell, Associated Press

Queen sang to tens of thousands of Ukrainians in a charity concert meant to raise money and AIDS awareness in this ex-Soviet republic.

Cheering fans packed the central square Friday in Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, to listen to the legendary British rock band, whose lead vocalist Freddie Mercury died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991.

"We've been asked to come here and we are very happy to do what we can to raise the awareness of AIDS and also to kick off a new tour," Paul Rodgers, the band's new frontman, said in an interview.