Queen perform Bohemian Rhapsody at Live Aid in 1985
It was already one of the most iconic songs in history, but Wayne’s World’s 1992 release introduced a new generation to Queen’s music and helped relaunch the band in the US. Although it was released in cinemas just months after Freddie died in November 1991, he was shown an advance tape of the movie by Brian, who revealed last night in a brand new interview the incredible effect it had on his desperately ill bandmate.
Josh Gad hosted the latest episode of his ‘Reunited’ series where he brings together all the stars and creators of iconic movies.
For the latest one, Wayne’s World Reunited Apart – PARTY TIME, Josh gathered up many of the cast members, including Mike Myers (who wrote and starred in it), Alice Cooper, and Dana Carvey.
At the end of the main video, Josh stunned everyone by talking about the legendary headbanging scene to Bohemian Rhapsody and then introducing special guests Brian May and Roger Tayor.
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Josh asks them both if they were aware of the sketch in the film when it came out.
Roger said: “Oh yeah we were so aware. One, we found it hilarious and two, we found it rewarding. We released an album and that sketch, I think, was responsible for the album being such a big hit.
“I have to say we loved the movie, as well.”
But then, Brian started to tell the hilarious and deeply moving story of how he made sure Freddie didn’t miss out on all the fun when his beloved anthem was given yet another new lease of life.
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Brian May said: “I can go back a bit further because, I think, you Mike did get me the tape and I took it round to Freddie not long before he went and showed it to him. You know, you said you wanted to have the approval.
“He loved it. He laughed and laughed. He was very weak, but he just smiled and laughed and said, ‘yeah, how wonderful is that?’.”
Brian says he is sure that Freddie didn’t just enjoy the humour and the tribute, he also knew it was a kind of rebirth for the band in America.
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Brian added: “He (Freddie) had been known to say, ‘Look, you know, I suppose I have to die before we get America back.’
“But you guys did it. You got us back to a new American public. And Freddie was very aware of that. You guys should know that. He went to the next place knowing what had happened and enjoying it.”
Queen had suffered a dip in popularity in the US after the uproar over the band dressing in drag for the 1984 I Want To Break Free video. Wayne’s World is credited with reviving their popularity over there.
Brian also spoke about the band’s own reactions to their most famous song.
Brian added: “It is a masterful piece of work but with Freddie’s stuff and with Queen’s stuff there was always a bit of tongue in cheek, you know, and I think you guys latched into that.
“I remember us, when the track came on the radio… and the middle bit came on, we are doing this anyway.” Brian mimes banging his head exactly the like the characters in the film. “It’s human instinct,.”
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