This week was a huge one for the upcoming musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, based on one of the most renowned bands in music history, Queen. Not only did we gain a new member to the cast with Lucy Boynton set to play Mary Austin, but we also got our first official look at Rami Malek as the legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury. This news follows a recent stream of news about the project, including the casting of Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian Man, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, and Allen Leech as Paul Prenter.
The film has been a long time coming and has been highly anticipated since its announcement back in 2010. In that time, fans who have followed the production have debated over a few aspects of the upcoming film, including the apparent timeline of the movie as it pertains to the untimely passing of Mercury. At one point, the script allegedly intended to place the events of his death in the middle of the movie (which came with its own set of debates), but it seems now that the film will be set between the formative years of the band and their famous performance at Live Aid. This gives Bohemian Rhapsody a relative timeframe of 1970-1985, skipping Mercury’s death entirely. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Why Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Doesn’t Need to Show Freddie Mercury’s Death
Today marks a shocking 25 years since Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, passed away at the age of 45. It’s deeply saddening to think about, but on this (ironic) Thanksgiving Day it’s important to think about the legacy Mercury was able to leave behind during his short 20 year career. A quarter-century later, listeners young and old still hear Freddie’s voice, whether it’s radio stations playing “Another One Bites the Dust”, sports stadiums playing “We Are the Champions, parties playing “We Will Rock You”, or movies playing “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Scholars still mark Freddie as one of the best singers of all-time as well as the best frontman in rock history. And if all goes well, his legacy may also be encapsulated by the next big biopic movie.
In honor of Freddie’s death, I’ve decided to resurrect a post I’ve been meaning to make for over two years. At the same time, this post will mark the return of a segment I haven’t done in well over a year, but have missed doing. Luckily for me, this subject has managed to remain relevant two years later as we’re still wondering what will become of this movie. Welcome back to SBox Analyzes where we’ll be discussing the yet to be released Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. We’ll round up all the rumors and facts we know about the project and use it to predict how the final product will turn out. The things we don’t know, we’ll simply predict. Continue reading SBox Analyzes: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Upcoming Freddie Mercury movie)
One year ago from right now was the first time I delved into the Queen catalog and became a fan. In one year’s time, Queen has changed the way I look at music, introduced me to the rock genre (alongside Journey), and became my favorite band of all time. In a way, they’ve changed my life.
Two days ago marked the 25th anniversary of Queen’s thirteenth album, Innuendo. Released on February 5, 1991, Innuendo was the first time the world heard classics like “Innuendo”, “Headlong” and ‘The Show Must Go On”. It wasn’t the most successful of Queen’s offerings nor did it produce many hits, but we celebrate it for having significance; not just for the band’s history, but for music history.
This will be different from my other reviews. I’ve never reviewed an album before nor have I ever reviewed something older than a few months old. What I’ll do is go through the track listing and give you my thoughts on each song on the album. I’ll provide writer’s credits and fun facts for each and end it with a score as usual. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Innuendo by Queen (Album Review)