In 2005, the most mind-blowing, life altering experience happened when I was literally hired by producer Robert DeNiro and QUEEN to play the role of Killer Queen in their global hit rock musical WE WILL ROCK YOU. Having Brian May play the piano during my audition still feels like I dreamed it. So, when I heard that a movie was being produced centered around the lives of these rock legends, I knew I wouldn’t miss it. I can unequivocally tell you that I’m ecstatic I didn’t!!!!!
Like many fans of Freddie Mercury and QUEEN, I often wondered whether or not these men suffered “the lead singer wants a solo career” blues. Or, if that decision left bad blood which was irreparable. What I learned is that Brian, Roger, Freddie and John were a family. Families fight as hard as they love, which makes their bond impossible to break. They made a promise to split profits and credit four ways in perpetuity making them one of the richest rock bands in music history. You can hear a QUEEN song on a television ad or sporting event daily
The casting for Bohemian Rhapsody is uncanny and Bryan Singer’s directing is seamless. However, when you leave the theatre, it is the performance of Rami Malek that will linger in your spirit. His capturing the essence and humanity of Freddie Mercury is phenomenal and eerily realistic. Literally, there aren’t enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe his brilliance. Malek brings Freddie Mercury back to life, if only for a moment, to remind us of a time in music history where the performers were decadent, outrageous and unique. A time where musicians didn’t bend to the industry’s whims or demands of change just to sell a record.
Another fun fact discovering QUEEN’s hit Bohemian Rhapsody being universally panned for its sound, lyrics and overall tone seem hysterically hilarious in retrospect. The recreation of the band performing for Live Aid is EVERYTHING, but so are all of the concert and recording session scenes, which are captured honorably and respectfully. It was nice to see legend’s producing and involved with telling their own story, leaving no stone unturned or misconstrued for inaccurate interpretation. Freddie would be proud!!! If you love rock and roll. If you love Freddie Mercury. If you love QUEEN. You are going to lose your mind over Bohemian Rhapsody which hits theatres on November 2nd.