Watch Kanye West Perform Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Glastonbury
Kanye West's career-spanning 30-song set at Glastonbury paused to include a classic-rock favorite. The second-to-last song in West's main set was a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," embedded above.
His performance begins with a taped version of the legendary track, and Freddie Mercury's layered vocal work echoes through the venue. Soon, the assembled crowd joins in, as West holds the mic skyward – belying the controversy that greeted his appearance. More than 130,000 people signed a petition demanding that his West’s headlining performance be canceled, though Glastonbury organizers held firm.
Finally, as the familiar Queen verse arrives, West takes over the vocal – speaking Mercury's "Mama, I just killed a man," rather than singing it. The fans continue echoing each lyric, taking over at times. Throughout, you can hear Mercury's voice too, right through to "nothing really matters." Then, the lights fade to huge applause.
This isn't Kanye West's first intersection with rock royalty. He memorably collaborated with Paul McCartney beginning last year, completing three songs. They were: "Only One," released on New Year's Eve; "FourFiveSeconds," which also featured Rihanna and became the first McCartney song to hit the Top Five in more than three decades; and then "All Day," which grew out of unreleased music by McCartney.
West performed all three tunes – including a reworked version of "All Day" – at Glastonbury, as well.
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