Rhapsody in the park: 65,000 concertgoers sing Queen classic in unison

For music fans, rock concerts can be the ultimate experience. You get to see your favorite bands live and in person and enjoy a sense of unity with thousands of other people who share your enthusiasm. There are a few downsides, of course: expensive tickets, absurdly expensive food and drink, long lines, and so on. But it’s all worth it — after all, if it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be concerts. Another great thing about rock concerts is that there are sometimes happy surprises. That’s what happened when the American punk band “Green Day” played an outdoor concert at London’s Hyde Park.

From modest beginnings in Berkeley, California, Green Day went on to become a huge success, selling tens of millions of records, winning five Grammy awards, and touring the world. In 2016 and 2017, Green Day went on an epic concert tour which took them through Europe, the Americas, and Australia. It was a grueling schedule: 120 concerts in the space of only 14 months.

At the Hyde Park concert, a crowd of 65,000 got a little restive between sets, so the sound technicians figured it would be a good idea to play some music through the speakers to keep them happy. They chose well: soon, everyone was singing along to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album “A Night at the Opera,” it consists of several segments, a creative mix of a ballad, opera, and hard rock. “Bohemian Rhapsody” became Queen’s anthem and one of the most iconic rock songs ever. There was even a promotional video the influence of which, according to Rolling Stone, “cannot be overstated, practically inventing the music video seven years before MTV went on the air.”

Check out the video posted below. It looks like Freddie Mercury was right when he said, “I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.”

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