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.Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
When Bob Geldof first proposed Live Aid, he declared that it would be a one-off event, "never to be seen again". In fact, Geldof requested that even the broadcast partners, including MTV and ABC (US), and the BBC (UK) erase their tapes after the event. ABC is the only partner to have erased most of their tapes. Years later, due to popular demand and widespread Internet bootleg copies, Geldof agreed to have the extant tapes (primarily from the BBC and MTV) collected and restored, and in 2004 a DVD box set of most of the performances was released.
No official audio version of the event was released until 2018, which did not include the Queen performance. The "Bohemian Rhapsody" film soundtrack album was the first official audio release of any of Queen's Live Aid performance; it only includes the songs that feature in the film version ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Will Rock You" are excluded). In 2019, the Live Aid audio was re-released on streaming services, adding Queen's songs. This is the most complete version, including the two songs omitted from the "Bohemian Rhapsody" soundtrack, plus the Freddie Mercury/Brian May encore performance of "Is This The World We Created?". However, this version omits the "Eh Oh" impromptu sing-along, which is included on the film soundtrack. See more »
The band is shown recording/releasing "We Will Rock You" in a scene set in 1980. This song was recorded/released on the News of the World LP in 1977, three years prior to this. See more »
[calling Paul on the telephone]
Sweetheart, I want to throw a party.
Okay, who do you want to invite?
People! I want you to shake the freak tree and invite anyone who plops to the ground! Dwarfs and giants, magicians, Zulu tribesmen. contortionists, fire eaters, and priests. We're going to need to confess.
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The New Regency Pictures logo features a brief "Hey hey hey hey!" This is Freddie Mercury's actual voice from Live Aid (1985) (it comes before the song "Hammer to Fall"). See more »