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The teaser trailer for the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, came out today and I am stoked. Queen is definitely on the soundtrack to my life.
Like most of America, I was introduce to Queen from the film Wayne's World and the infamous scene with Wayne, Garth and their bandmates/TV crew crammed into a small blue car singing along to the six-minute epic song. Everyone knew the words to this 70s song in the 90s.
My cousin Anthony watched my brothers and I after school and he loved Queen. He had VHSes with all the music videos from the Greatest Hits albums and we watched them every day.
While everyone in the 5th grade knew about “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I didn't help my outcast status by knowing the lyrics to other Queen songs too. Because I wasn't allowed to watch MTV, I didn't know who sang most of the songs on commercial radio but I could name a Queen song on the spot. And back then, characters like Freddy Mercury raised some eyebrows in my small town. Not very helpful when you're trying to fit in.
Freddie Mercury died in 1991, almost a month before my 10th birthday. I'll probably never have the opportunity to see Queen live, but I did see Magnifico, a Queen cover band, a few years back in Marfa.
One of my favorite moments in Marfa though included my friend Lawrence Rivera performing along to Queen. He wrote white pants and a tank top and slick his hair back. Even though he didn't technically sing, his dancing was too much for his fake mustache. It wouldn't stay on.
That night was an all-local line up, so The Lost Horse was filled with local residents, both recent and longtime. We filled the room singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody. Nothing like a little Freddy Mercury to bring the town of Marfa together.