So the time came I finally got a day off work and two days after it’s release I get to view the film Bohemian Rhapsody, a Queen biopic. So how was it?
I have a feeling a lot of die hard Queen fans are going to get irritated by a lot of inconsistencies, most notably are the chronology of the songs as the film passes by. We Will Rock You for example if we are to go by this film was released in the 80s. Bzzzzt… Wrong! Next they may be annoyed by Ben Hardy being cast as Roger Taylor and looking not very like him at all. Rami Malek isn’t the best Freddie Mercury look alike I’ve seen either, with John Blunt looking much more like him in the TV movie about Freddie’s life. All this could distract the pessimists among us but what did they get right? For a start Gwylim Lee couldn’t look more like Brian May if he tried. Malek got a lot of Freddie’s moved spot on. The Live Aid section towards the end of the film simply makes you feel it’s that incredible day in 1985 again.
Pic1 Rami Malek vs Pic2 John Blunt
So at the end of the cliché, I as a lifelong Queen fan adore this film totally despite the little discrepancies and will rate it a respectable 8/10 .
Queen are my favourite band of all time. There are so many great tracks over their albums i defy anybody not to know one of them. We all have our favourite songs but each band member Rodger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and John Deacon each wrote many of the tracks so here I am going to list my top three favourite songs by each member.
John Deacon –
Another One Bites The Dust
I Want To Break Free
You’re My Best Friend
Roger Taylor –
A Kind Of Magic
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Brian May –
We Will Rock You
Tie Your Mother Down
Who Wants To Live Forever
Freddie Mercury –
Somebody To Love
Death On Two Legs (Dedicated to …)
Interestingly enough… about two thirds of my personal top ten favourite queen tracks are in that lot. Missing little nuggets like Breakthru and Scandal. Enjoy your Easter!
Came across this photo today of the great man himself. Turns out it is the last photo of Freddie Mercury before he passed away almost 24 years ago. Maybe that’s Delilah standing next to him?
Brings it all home that we aren’t here forever. I hit the big 40 next year and cannot believe how quickly the last 20 years have rolled by. Queen are my all time favourite band and have been since I was a kid. Although I haven’t followed any of their stuff since Greatest Hits 3. Any non Fred content just isn’t Queen in my eyes.
Here’s to you Mr Bulsara!
1995. Can’t believe it was 20 years ago. I remember it vividly for several reasons. Mother had sold the house I grew up in the year before and the money had come through. Oddly enough she gave me a small amount and treat us to a weeks holiday in West Bay, Dorset. Needless to say there were unwritten terms and conditions like she wanted the money back, oh and a contribution towards the holiday she had ‘treat’ us to.
My flat had got burgled, and all the things I owned that got me by had been taken. Talked about taking it bad. I got seriously pissed on cider and red wine that night, and also started smoking as a result. I passed out at Val Roses house and spent the night on her sofa. Boy did I vomit the next day.
Fighting Fantasy would bring out their final game book in the original series run, Curse Of The Mummy by Jonathan Green. The end of an era, this series had carried me through my adolescent years and into adulthood. I was now 19.
Queen had amazingly put together a brand new album, Made In Heaven. Containing several tracks that had to be finished after the passing of their front man Freddie Mercury. It was a huge hit, with Heaven For Everyone reaching number two in the UK, held off by the ultimately over played Gangsters Paradise at number one.
This year was traumatic and reaped little reward, but all in vast quantities that it will be so memorable.
What a great life. The highlight of my day being that the new skips have arrived at work and are a beginning of becoming more efficient at waste disposal. I have serious doubts the punters will comply. At least Moo seemed in a much better mood today. The weekend must have cleared the air with her old man. I’ve unwound this evening by listening to the Queen album Made In Heaven. I cannot believe that late next year will be the 20th anniversary of its release. I can still freshly picture listening to it in my room, my dog Spot still alive. Got some amazing tracks on it too.
I’ve ordered a genuine British Army 24 hour ration pack. Going to use it one Saturday to see if it can satisfy my appetite for a day. I cant see why not there’s an awful lot put into it. May make a video to show how I get on.