Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie Rocks it’s way to Number 1

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie Rocks it’s way to Number 1

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie Rocks it’s way to Number 1 on the Movie Charts in the UK

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has rocked it’s way to the number 1 spot at the UK box office. The Queen movie ousted the other music film A Star Is Born.

The Bohemian Rhapsody movie opened last week to mixed reviews, with Queen fans loving it and some reviewers and journalists stating that it lacked elements of Freddie’s life which resulted in a whitewashed result. Personally I think the movie was amazing, and as a Queen fan I personally think it delivered what we wanted and more. As I stated in my Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review, it was overseen by Brian and Roger and therefore it should reflect a truer version of events than if someone else made it.

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie opened in the UK and has grossed almost £10m in takings so far. It is sure to break the current biopic record which was Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash movie, which was just under £10.5m.

The Overall Chart shows that Bohemian Rhapsody earned more in one week than Halloween (3rd in the chart) did in 2 weeks and Smallfoot (4th in the chart) did in 3 weeks. Some of the films which are in the charts, such as First Man which only earned £6.5m in 3 weeks, shows how well the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie did in order to come straight in at Number 1 in the Box Office Charts.

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie

Queen Resurgent due to Bohemian Rhapsody Movie

Since Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie opened in UK cinemas, there has been a huge interest in all things Queen. The Bohemian Rhapsody Original Soundtrack is available in stores and online for download and this has boosted the Queen back catalogue. Remember, the film will open in the USA on 2nd November so more Queen related buzz to come once that happens.

Check the Music Charts and you will see that Queen are certainly riding the crest of the musical wave due to the millions of fans, new fans and non fans (who will soon convert to the Queen side) who are going to see the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie.

 

Queen in the Music Charts because of Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie

If you have not yet seen the Bohemian Rhapsody movie then you really should, it is an excellent film and value for your money. You can check my Bohemian Rhapsody Review and don’t forget to leave a rating for the movie if you have seen it.

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review, Queen BioPic : Movie Review

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review, Queen BioPic : Movie Review

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review

After much anticipation and waiting, I eventually got to see the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody. My NO SPOILERS Bohemian Rhapsody Movie review is below.

This has been a film I have been waiting to see for over 8 years. In 2010 Brian May hinted that they would be doing a biopic about Queen. It is now here, as Bohemian Rhapsody.

At the cinema where I went to see it, there were people in their 60s, there was a mum and her your 10 year old daughter, there were a group of young boys no older than 12 who came unaccompanied…. basically, Bohemian Rhapsody is attracting an audience of established Queen fans and people who are only now discovering the music of the band we know and love.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a story of Queen… 4 misfits playing for other misfits who feel they don’t belong, the band who played for the outcasts at the back of the room. The movie portrays Love, Tragedy, Joy … and something the people feels belongs to them.

There are going to be no spoilers here until the film is more widely seen as I am aware many Queen fans don’t want the Magic of the movie ruined before everyone has a chance to see it. For now I will describe what I liked about the film.

My Review

The film opens with Freddie walking out onto the stage at Live Aid. The story then goes back to Smile and how Freddie became a singer with Brian and Roger. Now there is a bit of licence taken here, a few things skipped over in the Queen chronology but it works. Even Rami Malek who plays Freddie Mercury admitted that there was some artistic license taken with timelines.

You then see Queen perform songs like Seven Seas of Rhye in the studio. They are playing around with the now famous Queen sound. “We need to get experimental” says Brian.

As the band becomes more famous we see them on Top of the Pops with Killer Queen. Amazingly the recreation of Killer Queen is so exact I had goosebumps. Eventually you see Queen on tour in the USA.

Since this is the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie it would be expected that we spend a good 30 minutes on the recording of this iconic song. It is a very funny section with Roger asking “how many more Gallelios do you want?” and saying “if I go any higher only dogs will hear me”. I’m always looking at musicians to see if they are actually playing the instruments but Rami seems to have been taught which keys to press for Bohemian Rhapsody. The B flat section was correct followed by the Gm etc. So top marks for accuracy to detail.

The USA tours section was well done but I felt the tacky graphics with the town names took a small bit from the overall feeling of the movie. It is only a small thing but they could have done the same thing with road signs , eg. Welcome to Arkansas etc.

I did note that We will Rock you was listed as 1980 on the timeline and Freddie had a moustache which he didn’t have at the time of recording. Again, it’s not a documentary. Brian was recently quoted as saying about the movie that  “it’s a tapestry” so it allows for artistic license.

The Hot Space part of the movie shows cracks and the movie shows more of Freddie’s personal life. There is a bit of time spent in Munich as Freddie records his solo projects.For me this was a bit harder to work as you see Queen starting to rift apart with some influence from Paul Prender. I’m not going to say much more for fear of saying too much about the movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review – The Live Aid Sequence

What I will say is that the the Live Aid reconstruction is phenomenal. You get to experience Live Aid almost for real. The camera work is amazing. The band performance is excellent and the emotions run high. I had lumps in the throat and my eyes glassed up with a teary ‘oh my god’ feeling. It is amazing. For me this is The Best Time Travel Experience Ever ! We all have seen the footage of Freddie and Co on stage at Live Aid but to be up there with them is mind blowing.

The casting of Brian May and Freddie Mercury is exactly as you would have expected. Infact, the movie version Brian could be Brian gone back in time, if it was possible. I also think at certain points Rami has become Freddie. Great performance for Rami and co. Lots of nods to familiar things in Queen history.

Overall it’s a fantastic film and a must for every Queen fan. I felt it dropped a small bit in the middle when Freddie ran his house parties but again, it’s part of the actual story of his life. I am not going to give a percentage rating, as every person will get something different from the film. For me it was the musical performances, the humour and seeing the family of Brian, Freddie, Roger and John form and grow Queen.

I hope you enjoyed my Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review and if you have seen it please leave a ‘non spoiler’ comment below and don’t forget to leave your overall rating for Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie.

The Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer is below if you want to wet your appetite (if you have not yet seen it).

The Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack is also available on download, Spotify, vinyl, CD and also a very retro cassette.

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review – Official Trailer

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Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury – Remembered Today

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. Today Freddie Mercury would have been 72 years old and would surely have being rocking away, “not bad for 4 aging Queens”.

Today we remember arguably the greatest musical and rock performer who ever lived.

… feel free to add your ‘Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury’ messages to this post in the comments below.

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury !

Freddie Mercury

Click here to donate to The Mercury Phoenix Trust.

#FreddieMercury

About Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on small African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. His early school years were spent away from the family as he attended a boarding school in Bombay. Freddie’s father Bomi, was a British diplomat, so they were often moving from one location to another. In 1954, aged only 8 years, Freddie started to attend British College School, St. Peter’s in Panchgan. At this time his schoolmates started to call him by the more English name of Freddie. The school was typically British and in sports Freddie was very strong in boxing and in table tennis, winning many trophies and medals. Freddie also loved art and music and showed great talent in both areas ; playing the piano and performing in school shows and also joining the school choir. Freddie, with the encouragement of the headmaster of the school, did piano lessons and applied himself to them very well achieving Grade IV in both practical and theory. In 1958, five friends at St Peter’s School formed a rock’n roll outfit called ‘The Hectics’ – the members were Freddie Bulsara, Bruce Murray, Derrick Branche, Victory Rana and Farang Irani (Freddie was the piano player in the band). They played at school parties, at annual events and school dances.

Read Full Freddie Mercury article

Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 – Tickets Now On Sale

Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 – Tickets Now On Sale

A Freddie Mercury Birthday Party when Freddie was around was a notorious excuse to party. Today they are still legendary and you could join in, alas, without Freddie.

The Official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 tickets are now on sale!

The Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 takes place on September 8th 2018 at the Casino Barriere, Montreux, Switzerland. Montreal is the stunning lakeside town of Montreux – the place Freddie loved and felt at peace and where much of the last album was recorded, even when Freddie was not very well. The location is a stones throw from the beautiful Lake Geneva and of course the Freddie Mercury statue which has become a mecca for all Queen fans worldwide.

The party will feature a host of special guests and music. Tickets are £75 each or £95 each for the Ticket and T-shirt Bundle.

You can order your tickets for the Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 now at www.queenonlinestore.com/Mercury-Phoenix-Trust/Tickets/

The Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 is in aid of The Mercury Phoenix Trust – Fighting AIDS Worldwide.

The Full entertainment line up and special guests are still to be announced – but this just adds to the excitement.

Myself, I won’t be going as it is the wrong time of year for me, but hopefully I will get there someday.
If you are going to the Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 or you have been to one of the previous Freddie Mercury Birthday Parties, please leave a comment below.

Freddie Mercury – 5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991

Freddie Mercury – 5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991

Freddie Mercury died November 24th 1991 – Anniversary of his passing

On this day in 1991, 24th November at around 6:50 pm Freddie Mercury died at his home in London.

Freddie Mercury died and the world lost its best Rock Front-man. 

27 Years on we still Remember Freddie … Freddie Mercury – Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs: 5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991

Please feel free to leave your comments or Tributes below…

 

About Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on small African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. His early school years were spent away from the family as he attended a boarding school in Bombay. Freddie’s father Bomi, was a British diplomat, so they were often moving from one location to another. In 1954, aged only 8 years, Freddie started to attend British College School, St. Peter’s in Panchgan. At this time his schoolmates started to call him by the more English name of Freddie. The school was typically British and in sports Freddie was very strong in boxing and in table tennis, winning many trophies and medals. Freddie also loved art and music and showed great talent in both areas; playing the piano and performing in school shows and also joining the school choir. Freddie, with the encouragement of the headmaster of the school, did piano lessons and applied himself to them very well achieving Grade IV in both practical and theory. In 1958, five friends at St Peter’s School formed a rock’n’roll outfit called ‘The Hectics’ – the members were Freddie Bulsara, Bruce Murray, Derrick Branche, Victory Rana and Farang Irani (Freddie was the piano player in the band). They played at school parties, at annual events and school dances.

Read Full Freddie Mercury article

Happy Birthday Brian May – Wish Brian May a Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Brian May – Wish Brian May a Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Brian May – Wish Brian May a Happy Birthday

Brian May was born on 19th July 1947 and today is the Red Special axe wielding guvnor’s very special 70th Birthday.  (Hard to believe). I would just like to say Happy Birthday Brian May and we wish you all the best today!  We all wish him a very Happy Birthday.

Feel free to leave your Happy Birthday for Brian comment below.

I hope to share the links and comments to Brian later….

Happy Birthday Brian May

Brian Harold May

Brian Harold May was born on 19th of July 1947 in Hampton, Middlesex, in the UK. Brian attended primary school in Feltham during which time he showed an interest in music and his parents registered him for piano lessons, which Brian actually hated. When Brian was six years old he started learning to play the ukulele. Brian got very good very quickly and soon he wanted a guitar. A Spanish guitar was given to him as a birthday present, but it was too big for him, so he went and modified it. With his newly built guitar Brian was listening to, and accompanying records which he played. He quickly moved from playing chords to more advanced details.As the time went on and as he played the existing guitar he discovered, that his guitar wasn’t good enough to play music he liked.

Read the Full Brian May Biog / Article Here

Flash Harry – Queen Tribute Band 

Flash Harry – Queen Tribute Band 

Flash Harry are one of the best Queen Tribute bands. I recently saw them at the Academy in Dublin and they rocked the place. They played Queen hit after Queen hit for over 2 hours. My voice was hoarse from all the singing. Plus, as far as I could see the songs were not transposed for ease of singing – the lead singer was simply “doing a Freddie”!

Flash Harry Upcoming Gigs

If you want to see Flash Harry Queen Tribute their upcoming Gigs are listed below.

Friday 16th November
BELFAST – La Mon Hotel, 41 Gransha Road, Comber, BT23 5RF
Helping Hands Masquerade Ball Charity Event
Contact 07889 542960

Sunday 18th November
BELFAST
Stenaline – Belfast-Scotland-Belfast

Saturday 24th November
DERRY/LONDONDERRY
The Cosh Bar, 66 Buncrana Road BT48 0XX

Saturday 1st December
DUBLIN – Tallaght, Ellensborough
Kiltipper Cafe/Bar

Friday 28th December
CO. ANTRIM/DOWN – Lisburn
Island Arts Centre

Saturday 29th December
CO. DOWN – Warrenpoint
Skylite Rooms
02841 753149

Sunday 30th December
CO. WESTMEATH – Mullingar
Arts Centre

Flash Harry’s Official website is at http://www.flash-harry.co.uk/ if you want to learn more.

Photos – The Academy Dublin, 2017

Below, I have some photos from the Flash Harry gig at the Academy in 2017.
(Some harsh lighting but I was shooting without a flash so not to interfere with the show)

Click on an image to view or simply watch the carousel (3 seconds per image)

 

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Tweet a Celeb about Queen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen

This is a new feature called ‘Tweet a Celeb about Queen’ which I am going to run on an ongoing basis. It is exactly what it sounds like. I will tweet a celeb, ask if they are a Queen fan and what their favourite track is. I will then outline on this post who I tweeted and what the reply was.

If you have any suggestions for which celebrities I should Tweet please comment below or send me a Tweet @ShanesQueenSite

 

Current Celebs Contacted

Dec 15
Claire Richards
‏@_ClaireRichards

Replied
Who wants to live forever! Or under pressure? Or even don’t stop me now?

10th Dec 2016
@rickygervais

Replied : Somebody to Love

22 Dec

The Ellen Show

No Response Yet

Dec 20

Matthew Perry
@MatthewPerry

No Reply Yet

December 18

Courtney Cox
@CourteneyCox

No Reply Yet

Dec 17th
No Reply yet

Dec 17th

Matt LeBlanc
@Matt_LeBlanc

No Reply Yet

Dec 16

Lisa
@LisaKudrow

No Reply Yet

Dec 13th

Joe Bonamassa

No Response Yet

Dec 12th

Taylor Swift
@taylorswift13

No Reply yet

11th Dec

Katy Perry

No response yet

9th Dec 2016
No reply yet

8th Dec 2016
No reply yet

Ryan Van Poederooyen‏ @rvanpoederooyen    Nov 20 2017
Love Queen. Grew up listening to them as my parents were fans. To answer your question… My fave tune by them is ‘Tie Your Mother Down’.

Jimmy Fallon

No Response Yet

Amazing – Bohemian Rhapsody turned into a noir crime thriller

Amazing – Bohemian Rhapsody turned into a noir crime thriller

Over the years many have asked, What is Bohemian Rhapsody really about? What does Bohemian Rhapsody mean? What is the story behind Bohemian Rhapsody? Well now someone has created a Bohemian Rhapsody Noir Crime Movie , basically a crime drama out of the classic Queen song.

This amazing short from Corridor Digital brings a brand new perspective on the ‘What is Bohemian Rhapsody about’ saga. This short file takes the lyrics and puts them in the hands of a ‘poor boy from a poor family’ who ‘killed a man’. You know the rest of the story! It is quite a production and the Bohemian Rhapsody Noir Crime Movie is only a short snippet so don’t go looking for a 90 minute Netflix piece.

Even though I know the lyrics really well, seeing them in this format is intriguing.

I have my own ideas about What does Bohemian Rhapsody Mean, especially after watching the official Biopic / Bohemian Rhapsody Movie. I will keep my ideas to myself and you can enjoy this snippet in the YouTube clip below.

Take a look and see what you think. Any comments on this Bohemian Rhapsody Noir Crime Movie, leave them below !

(Apologies for weird advert at the end of the film, but is seems to be part of the clip)