Recently we have seen the release of a film that could be one of the best music-related movies in years. Bohemian Rhapsody will tell the story of Queen’s rise to success, and more specifically the journey of legendary frontman Freddie Mercury. By all accounts it will be a largely positive account and could ignore some of the darker aspects to the band’s time as an iconic rock group. But based on the trailers, the early publicity, and a recently released clip showing the creation of “We Will Rock You,” it’s going to be an exciting and realistic account. In particular, lead actor Rami Malek, who will play Mercury, looks to have transformed himself in a fashion sensational enough to make the whole movie a success.
The interesting thing to see will be whether or not this movie leads to a sort of Queen revival. And there’s actually some precedent for just such a revival based on some other classic groups and artists that have been made newly popular in recent years. Looking at those to examples, these are some of our hopes for a Queen revival that goes beyond Bohemian Rhapsody.
New material is a lot to ask of a band that’s essentially been “done” for several decades. However, there is something of a trend of unreleased (and sometimes unfinished) material being discovered, remastered if necessary, and released. It’s happened a few times with Jimi Hendrix, it’s happened with The Beatles, and for that mater it’s even happened with some famous authors. Meanwhile, it just so happens that word did get out last year of David Bowie and Queen having recorded material that never got released. Here’s hoping renewed interest in the band from the film drives someone with the authority to release this material to do just that.
A Presence In Games
Games might not seem like the most obvious outlet for classic rock or old music in general, but the pairing has taken off these last couple of years. In particular, modern casino sites offer loads of different games and build various themes into them in order to attract interest. Some of these games of late have included what are effectively tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and others. A similar game built around the hits of Queen would be nice to see, and would help potentially millions of people get to know the hits.
A Documentary Series
There are always going to be questions about accuracy in a biopic like Bohemian Rhapsody, even if the filmmakers strive to paint an accurate picture. A documentary on the other hand can do a better job of telling a true, detailed story. So, while there have been documentaries on Queen and Freddie Mercury before, including one that included, as one reviewer put it, sublime new discoveries, there really hasn’t been a hit in this category. A follow-up to Bohemian Rhapsody capitalizing on its (likely) popularity and perhaps released on a major streaming platform could be an excellent project.
A Hologram Show
This might be a controversial idea, because people are rightly bothered by the idea of entire concerts being given by holograms of deceased or inactive artists. It’s certainly not something that should be done regularly, because there’s a level of disrespect in simply pretending an artist is alive and touring who is neither. That said, a single show, an appearance at a festival, or one or two similar showcases, could be viewed as more of a tribute. It’s unlikely to happen, but a tribute to Mercury building on any enthusiasm this film can generate would be a lot of fun – and potentially very special for dedicated fans.