1/7/19 – Queen “We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions”
Have you seen the movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody?” I saw it a couple of weeks ago, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. It’s the story of Freddie Mercury & Queen with lots of great music and more than its share of drama, too. Apparently, I’m not the only one who liked it; it just pulled down the biggest award of all at the 2019 Golden Globes, winning for Best Drama. And Rami Malek claimed the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury. I thought it was great, and even though the powers-that be took a few liberties with the timeline, and the order in which a few things happened, it was done so well, I just couldn’t get worked up over it. Those liberties were taken in the interest of dramatic effect, of course, and in this case, I think it’s okay. The movie managed to show what a dynamo Freddie Mercury was, and it also showed what a conflicted life he led. And Malek’s performance was incredible. Most of all, I loved the music scenes!
Queen has made some monumental music over the years, and Freddie Mercury was, indeed, a one-of-a-kind artist. Everybody knows the title song, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which, I suppose is the group’s best known composition. My favorite Queen song is “Somebody to Love,” which also shows off Freddie’s voice, and the talents of the whole band. The song that’s been running through my head, though, is “We Will Rock You,” and somehow it always happens to segue right into “We Are The Champions.” When you hear Queen music on the radio, most of the time it’s those two songs back-to-back. And Queen often played it that way in concert.
“We Will Rock You” actually began as a response to something spontaneous that happened at one of their shows. At the end, there was thunderous applause, as usual, but then all that noise transitioned into an audience singalong of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The guys in the band were absolutely blown away. It came as a total surprise, and it was almost like the fans in the audience wanted to give something back to the band for the great concert they had just witnessed. I think it was Brian May, the group’s lead guitar player who came up with the idea shortly after that, of some kind of audience participation thing….with the stomping and clapping that we all know at the beginning of “We Will Rock You.” That stomping and clapping was something the audience picked up on really quickly, and it became sort of a call and response. Then, of course, the band kicked off the song, and everybody was really into it. It was almost like a Queen trademark.
Anyway that’s the song—or maybe I should say those are the songs that are in my head today. And by the way, if you haven’t seen the picture yet—GO SEE IT!