Watch 65,000 People Sing A Queen Song Unplanned

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You may have preconceived ideas or stereotypes about Green Day fans. But you’ve got to give them credit — they love Queen.

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The crowd of Green Day fans decided to break into song while waiting for the show to start in London (photo via YouTube)

This is probably the most interesting part of a Green Day concert we’ll see — 65,000 people singing a Queen song in unison.

As the crowd waited for Green Day to come on stage, they decided to pass the minutes by breaking into one of Queen’s most powerful songs, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” They sang it complete with the correct harmonies.

You can barely hear the song coming out of the loud speakers over the passionate singers.

They sang, “Mama, oh (any way the wind blows), I don’t want to die. I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all.” Right after that, the song jumps into Brian May’s guitar solo — and you know it’s a good solo when 65,000 start humming along with it.

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A shot from the official music video for Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (photo via Digital Spy)

After singing the last line of the song (“nothing really matters to me”), they cheered, apparently for themselves.

In the recorded version, which Freddie Mercury wrote all by himself, there are roughly 160 overdubbed harmonies. Some of those overdubs are May, Roger Taylor, and Mercury singing into one microphone

“It was really Freddie’s baby from the beginning,” May told Performing Songwriter. “He came in and knew exactly what he wanted. The backing track was done with just piano, bass, and drums, with a few spaces for other things to go in … Freddie sang a guide vocal at the time, but he had all his harmonies written out, and it was really just a question of doing it.”

Mercury sang it better than 65,000 people singing it together. But the crowd’s performance was still worth a watch.

 

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at calebjmurphy.com.
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