“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is one of the strangest, most inspired and least-understood songs in the history of rock. It manages to sound like a serious work of art, a moving lament and a moment of extreme silliness at the same time—which is part of the reason it’s equally loved by young kids and old […]
Busy, busy Benedict Cumberbatch needs to make time in his busy schedule this Friday, July 19, to mark his 37th birthday. Last year, to honor the Sherlock star for his birthday, the fan web site Cumberbatchweb urged the actor’s acolytes to donate the money they would have otherwise spent on cards or gifts for their idol to the Teenage Cancer […]
There are few things less attractive than whining, especially from people who are doing pretty well for themselves. It’s ungrateful, it’s bratty and it never, ever arrives with the same righteous fury that it had when leaving the mouth of the person doing the whining. So, to hear that Rod Stewart CBE is complaining that he deserves […]
Sir Patrick Moore was the kind of figure that is so singular, so startlingly unlike anyone else in public life, that the act of explaining their quirks for the first time makes them appear suddenly alien and odd. I don’t even know where to begin, except to say that the BBC had on its payroll […]
Queen fans, there’s a new BBC documentary on the band coming your way very soon, to mark their 40th anniversary as a going concern. It’s called Queen: Days Of Our Lives and it’s going to be on BBC2 this weekend. Both Brian May and Roger Taylor have undertaken extensive new interviews to cover the entire […]
If I’m honest, I never thought Queen were the choosiest of bands with regard to how their legacy is maintained. There’s the stage musical We Will Rock You for example, or the collaboration with the pop group Five on the song of the same name. And then there was the slightly odd version of the […]
Brian May, formerly of Queen, is a ferociously talented guitarist. But for all that he invented and sustained a phenomenal level of creativity in the use of the electric guitar, with his multi-layering of harmonies and general melodic wondrousness, he is clearly not a choosy man when it comes to collaborations. He’s worked with everyone […]
Let’s start 2008 in dramatic fashion. Freddie Mercury and Brian May, no strangers to bombast, really outdid themselves with this 1986 track from the Highlander soundtrack. This is really the power ballad to end all power ballads.