I assume it’s easy to look back at the aughts and be dismissive of the entire decade particularly from the perspective of metal or punk fan. Nu-Metal was slowly being phased out as any goodwill from the previous decade had eroded and acts like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte made everyone realize that maybe the idea of Pop-Punk was a mistake. But those who kept their ear close to the ground knew better than to become jaded. Hard rock was alive and well and young bands were doing very exciting things. Young bands like Between the Buried and Me with their seminal Alaska (Victory Records 2005/Craft Recordings 2020).
Queen are sharing their famous 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness via Youtube. The band is raising money to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts and they’ll be sharing the show for 48 hours via their Youtube live on Queen’s Youtube from 2pm EST on May 15th. May. Queen’s’ Benefit Concert took place in London’s Wembley Stadium on Easter Monday (20th, April). The surviving members of the band: Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor wanted to perform the benefit concert in memory of Freddie Mercury, who had passed away the previous November. The concert featured Queen and friends like David Bowie, Elton John, Axl Rose, and James Hetfield among others to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury. The setlist included some real treats like Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, and a special rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
For the first time ever a previously unreleased version of the single ‘Time’, recorded in 1986 by late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for the concept album of the hit musical of the same name, has finally emerged after two years of work by the globally successful musician, songwriter and producer Dave Clark. Clark, famous for The Dave Clark Five, was a longtime friend of Freddie’s, and has shared the track and its full title, ‘Time Waits For No One’. The track is set for release via UMe on June 20, along with a powerful and deeply moving new video. Watch it now! Continue reading
It’s a soulful, heavy trip with Texan quartet Duel. Formed largely from the ashes of Groove rockers Scorpion Child, new album Valley Of Shadows (Heavy Psych Sounds) is their third album in three years but despite the prolific nature, there remains a certain impact from the tracks on offer here. Continue reading
Celebrating the nomination of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is up for five Oscar Awards, Queen + Adam Lambert will perform at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony on Television. The film is up for awards including “Best Picture”, “Best Actor” for Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, and more. Queen + Adam Lambert already announced tour dates, to capitalize on the popularity of the film. Continue reading
Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the rise of the band Queen and its iconic frontman Freddie Mercury is already the largest grossing film biography about a musician or band ever. They cleaned up recently at the Golden Globes awards winning best picture and best actor for Rami Malek in his portrayal of Mercury. Now the film has been nominated for five Academy Awards, a.k.a. The Oscars or The Oscar Awards.
The film is nominated in the categories of “Best Picture,” “Sound Editing,” “Sound Mixing,” “Film Editing,” and “Best Actor,” for Malek again. Bohemian Rhapsody will compete for the “Best Picture” prize alongside Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice. Continue reading
Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody film is the #1 music biopic of all-time, bringing in a huge $700 million at the worldwide box office.. The DVD/Blu-Ray is coming this February 12th and is packed with features! The set will include the full Live Aid performance, featuring Rami Malek (as singer Freddie Mercury), Ben Hardy (as drummer Roger Taylor), Gwilym Lee (as guitarist Brian May), and Joseph Mazzello (as bassist John Deacon) recreating the original 22-minute 1985 Wembley Stadium show. It will also have never-before-seen songs, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Will Rock You”, as part of the Live Aid re-enactment. The 4K and Blu-ray releases will also feature several featurettes, including “Rami Malek: Becoming Freddie”, “The Look And Sound Of Queen” and “Recreating Live Aid.” Continue reading
Bolstered by the runaway smash hit (roughly $168 million at the box office in five weeks) of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox), Queen’s classic song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is now officially the most-streamed track from the 20th century, achieving more than 1.6 billion global streams. Universal Music Group (UMG) announced the news and Billboard made the report that also indicated the track has also become it the most-streamed classic rock song of all time, edging out Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ and ‘November Rain’ and a-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ in both categories. The ranking considers all registered streams on global on-demand streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and others, as well as streams from an official song or video streams on YouTube. Continue reading
Biopics are a tough type of genre to analyze. Neither a documentary or so often a honest linear accounting of events, these types of films are a type of Cliff’s Notes version of history. This is even more prickly with music biopics because no one has a lower tolerance for bullshit and rose-colored glasses than a die-hard fan of a band or artist. In the case of Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody, the fact that the film got made at all after development hell, Sasha Baron Cohen quitting the project, director Bryan Singer being fired towards the end of production, Dexter Fletcher coming on to finish it up and more. Still, you have to tip the hat for the job 20th Century Fox did pulling this together and getting the film out into theaters. And the theater is where you should see this film because it is a spectacle and your cell phone or your living room can’t contain it. Continue reading
Queen’s biopic movie Bohemian Rhapsody is coming this November 2nd from 20th Century Fox studios. In a new trailer for the film, you can watch the cast reenact the moment when they wrote and recorded the iconic song ‘We Will Rock You’ from the 1977 album News Of The World (EMI). Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Mr. Robot’s Rami Malik is coming soon. Bohemian Rhapsody: The Original Movie Soundtrack will be released this week, on CD and digital formats on October 19. Continue reading