Panic! At the Disco delivered an epic performance of Queen’s iconic song “Bohemian Rhapsody” via satellite from their live, sold-out show in Sydney, Australia on Oct. 9 for the 2018 American Music Awards.
The band was introduced by Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee from the AMA ceremony which was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The trio of actors is starring in the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic film titled after the legendary track. Malek will play Mercury in the movie (which is due out Nov. 2) and Panic! At the Disco frontman, Brendon Urie did a spectacular job channeling the late, great British music legend in their special AMA performance.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” hails from Queen’s chart-topping 1975 album A Night at the Opera and is often regarded as one of the most beautiful, yet challenging songs to sing with its multiple shifts in style, tone and tempo. Urie and company paid brilliant homage to the original, nailing the operatic middle and guitar-driven hard rock break out. Urie even got on top of the piano for part of the song. The whole thing is breathtaking. (Watch the entire performance above).
Panic! At the Disco was nominated and won the 2018 American Music Award for Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock. The win marks the band’s first AMA win and follows the success of their Billboard 200 chart-topping sixth studio album Pray for the Wicked. The video for the album’s most recent single, “High Hopes,” has garnered over 26 million views to date.
Panic! At the Disco is touring to support their new album on the Pray For the Wicked Tour and recently announced 2019 North American tour dates, including a stop at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Feb. 2, 2019 (Tickets). Stay tuned to AXS for Panic! At the Disco updates.