Freddie Mercury and Queen
To say that I am a Freddie Mercury fan is an understatement. I have loved Freddie and all that is Queen since I heard their music on the radio for the first time at the age of six or seven. As I have mentioned before on my site, I had a very difficult childhood and music was the only thing that got me through it. I was able to take my mind off the of the abuse through music. Music transports me to a place where nothing and no one can hurt me. And listening to the works of Queen in addition to several other artists helped to bring me inner peace and happiness that I wasn't able to find in my family life. You can read more on my childhood here. I am trying to put all of my experiences together to continue to heal and to help others who might have experienced similar situations.
When MTV debuted in 1981 it was the greatest thing that ever happened in my life. Music Videos 24/7 was a dream come true. Of course, I watched American Bandstand, Soul Train, Solid Gold and other shows that showed band performances back in the day – but they only aired once per week. I looked forward to watching Queen videos and witnessing Freddie's over the top stage performance and confidence in his talent.
I have all of Queen's music and Freddie Mercury's two solo albums. In my opinion, Queen and/or Freddie Mercury never produced a bad song. I may like some songs more than others, but I enjoy listening to all of them.
Side note: When I was a teenager, I would listen to “Somebody to Love” on repeat for hours on end to hear Freddie's exquisite vocal range and to hear him baring his soul and asking for acceptance in more ways than one. I can relate to that song personally more than any other Queen song.
The first time I flew to London was after Freddie died. I tried to get tickets to the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS awareness, but the tickets were sold out. So, I had to settle for watching it at home on the television. I had always wanted to visit London and Freddie's unfortunate death is what propelled me there for the first time. I visited the Queen Fan Club (proud member), paid tribute at his home, and got a picture at the Rock Circus Wax Museum in Piccadilly Circus.
I have been waiting on a film honoring Freddie Mercury and the music of Queen it seems like forever. I was ecstatic when I learned that Bohemian Rhapsody was in the making and that Brian May (Queen's lead guitarist) and Roger Taylor (Queen's drummer) were involved with the production. Sadly, I wasn't able to see Queen perform live. But, I was able to see Brian May on one of his solo tours in the '90s and he was fantastic. I also saw a Queen tribute concert on-screen at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta honoring the music of Queen. Not the same as seeing them live of course, but I'll take Queen in any way shape or form.
I was able to see a pre-screening of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie in Atlanta and had to wear an outfit honoring Freddie Mercury and Queen. Freddie's favorite drink was Champagne so I had to sneak a bottle into the movie theatre and toast Freddie during the movie. That's not weird at all, right? LOL!
I always loved Freddie's star-shaped sunglasses that he wore in the videos Fly Away, We Will Rock You, and We are the Champions videos so I ordered a similar pair to wear to the movie. I thought, what would Freddie wear to see his movie – and I thought the more fabulous and over the top the better! Don't worry, the fur is fake!
About Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Directed by Bryan Singer
Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
Story By Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan
Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Mike Myers
Now Available on DVD!
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I LOVED it! I laughed and cried so many times during the movie. If you love the music of Queen and the legacy of Freddie Mercury, then you will love this movie. The focus of Bohemian Rhapsody is on Freddie's talent, the dynamic of the band members together, and how they worked as a group to create the music of Queen.
I thought Rami Malek did an amazing job as Freddie as well as all of the other actors in their roles. It was a pleasant surprise to see Mike Meyers in his role as Ray Foster in the movie. I didn't recognize him until I heard his voice. His voice reminded me of the one he does as “Fat Bastard” in the Austin Powers movies.
The movie has a lot of concert scenes and a lot of Queen music. It made me feel a little bit of what it must have felt like to see them live in concert.
My only negative comment would be the changing of the timeline of events to fit the narrative of the movie. However, I understand that in the end, it is a movie and not a documentary.
Long live the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen!
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