Despite the behind-the-scenes drama, our first look at the Queen biopic looks really promising, with Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek truly transforming himself into the persona of lead singer Freddie Mercury, and a soundtrack filled with some of the greatest songs of all time.
The musicians of Apartment Sessions turn in an energetic rendition of Queen’s 1976 classic Somebody to Love, as performed in the cozy confines of a New York City subway car. While nobody will ever sing like Freddie Mercury, they make up for it with sheer enthusiasm.
We never had a doubt that Freddie Mercury was the greatest rock vocalist ever, but if you need any convincing, listen to this isolated version of his lead vocals from Don’t Stop Me Now. It’s a much more somber track without the chorus and instruments, but still incredibly powerful.
Watch piano virtuoso Peter Bence as his fingers fly across the keys of his Steinway in this amazing arrangement of Queen’s 1978 classic Don’t Stop Me Now, with a tiny bit of Bohemian Rhapsody thrown in for good measure. Sheet music available here if you can keep up.
A fantastic new remix of the classic Queen track All Dead, All Dead, created from a raw session of Freddie Mercury’s lead vocals – which didn’t appear on the album – and the instrumentation from 1977’s News of the World. Pre-order the amazing 40th anniversary box set now.
Like many of us, Puddles Pity Party has the occasional bad day. The sad clown with the golden voice works out his stress with a little pie, some cupcakes, and a impassioned cover smoosh-up of Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure, and Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen.
Musician Costantino Carrara takes Queen’s iconic 1975 rock opera track and turns it into an equally impressive classical piano piece, packed with wonderful flourishes, and epic transitions. Think you can keep up with Costantino’s fingers? Buy the sheet music here.
Queen’s 1977 classic We Will Rock You is one of rock and roll’s (and sports’) greatest anthems. So the idea of a cover version is kind of sacrilege. But we’ll give this 1981 version a pass, since it was recorded by Queen themselves, and gives the song a whole different flavor.
Guitarist Billy Watman turns in a fingerstyle rendition of Queen’s magnum opus which would be impressive if played by anyone, but it’s even more amazing that he’s just 14 years old and can play like this. More on Billy’s YouTube page. (Video by Tony Goode)