Queen became one of the biggest bands in the world in the 1980's after stealing the show at Wembley Stadium in 1985 in the Live Aid Concert. The band formed in 1970 and were famous for a huge operatic rock style. With a sound all their own they had a host of international hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, We are the Champions, Don't stop me now and Another One Bites the Dust. The band's last live performance at Knebworth goes down in rock history and was a truly epic way for the frontman Freddie Mercury to bow out of the public eye. Sadly Mercury passed away in 1991 from complications, after contracting HIV in 1986 – the Freddie Mercury tribute concert was held at Wembley to a 72,000 strong crowd and watched by millions across the world on the TV. The iconic songs written by Mercury are as potent today as ever.
Bohemian Rhapsody the movie is a hugely anticipated biopic film that follows the band from the day that it formed right through to the diagnosis of HIV for Freddie Mercury. Now there have been heaps of Rock n Roll biopic films, like The Doors and Walk the Line. But one thing is for sure, if the band had epic rock n Roll hits and the band lived the true excessive lifestyle, this kind of movie becomes an incredibly entertaining platform. A quote from Brian May talking about the 80's may give us an idea of what we are in for here “It was very excessive [the style of life]. I think the excess leaked out from the music into life and became a need. Queen was a wonderful vehicle and a wonderful, magical combination, but I think it came close to destroying us all.” Queen was rocking the world when the Rock n Roll lifestyle hit its excessive peak and they were on the top of the wave.
Bohemian Rhapsody is on wide release into Cinemas on 24th October 2018. Looking at the Trailer, it looks like one foot stomping spectacular ride and Rami Malek's transformation into Freddie Mercury looks incredible. I for one will be looking forward to the new Queen revival that will follow from this movie.