I think this band Queen is gonna make it….
I just saw the trailer of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which focuses on Queen icon Freddie Mercury. Take a look at the trailer of the movie out November 2.
It was eye opening to see the movie portray the band struggling at first to get radio airplay for Bohemian Rhapsody when it was released in 1975. In the end, off the album Night at the Opera, there were two hit songs: Rhapsody and You’re My Best Friend, which was/is a timeless classic pop song that could have been released in any decade.
Bohemian Rhapsody was VERY different than what was being played on 1970’s radi0. Jive Talking from the Bee Gees, Get Down Tonight by KC and Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell were among the #1’s that year. So we can only imagine what critics and radio programmers first said when they heard a verse of OPERA in Rhapsody from this new band called Queen.
To flash forward, Bohemian Rhapsody will go down in history as one of the biggest hits of all time, proudly played on stations like WROR despite the critics of the time who didn’t get it. The lesson? Never trust the experts.