Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical drama film about Freddie Mercury , the lead singer of the British rock band Queen. Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor served as consultants. The film follows the singer's life from the formation of the band up to their Live Aid performance at the original Wembley Stadium. After he left the project in following creative differences with producers, the project languished for several years before Malek was cast in November Bryan Singer was the director through most of principal photography , which began in London in September , but was fired in December , for absence and clashing with the cast and crew. Dexter Fletcher , who was originally set to direct the film early in development, was hired to complete the film, although Singer retained sole director credit as per Directors Guild of America guidelines.
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It is a six-minute suite ,  consisting of several sections without a chorus: an intro , a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part and a reflective coda. In the United States, the song peaked at number nine in , but reached a new peak of number two on the Billboard Hot after being used in the film Wayne's World Although critical reaction was initially mixed, "Bohemian Rhapsody" became Queen's most popular song and is considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The single was accompanied by a groundbreaking promotional video. According to Mercury's friend Chris Smith a keyboard player in Smile , Mercury first started developing "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the late s; Mercury used to play parts of songs he was writing at the time on the piano, and one of his pieces, known simply as "The Cowboy Song", contained lyrics that ended up in the completed version produced years later, in , specifically, "Mama Queen spent a month rehearsing at Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey in mid, and drummer Roger Taylor recalled that "Bohemian Rhapsody" was one of the songs the band worked on while they were there. Bechstein concert grand piano, which he played in the promotional video and the UK tour. Due to the elaborate nature of the song, it was recorded in various sections. It was basically a joke, but a successful joke. We had to record it in three separate units.
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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide No escape from reality. Open your eyes Look up to the skies and see I'm just a poor boy I need no sympathy Because I'm easy come, easy go Little high, little low Anyway the wind blows Doesn't really matter to me To me. Mama, just killed a man Put a gun against his head Pulled my trigger, now he's dead Mama, life had just begun But now I've gone and thrown it all away. Didn't mean to make you cry If I'm not back again this time tomorrow Carry on, carry on As if nothing really matters.
See Full Schedule. Here, to celebrate 40 years since it was first released is the entire song and that video, followed by 10 facts that are just as fascinating and sometimes goofy as the song itself:. This means that, for a good portion of the recording, the only person who knew how it would all work at the end was Freddie. I was standing at the back of the control room, and you just knew that you were listening for the first time to a big page in history.