Rami Malek Is Finally Ready To Rock You With 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Out Today

Rami Malek with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen

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Rami Malek Is Finally Ready To Rock You With 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Out Today

"What's special about this film is that we get to see the coming of age of this band from all walks of life," shares Malik, who plays Freddie Mercury in the highly anticipated Queen biopic

GRAMMYs/Nov 3, 2018 - 12:53 am

Queen fans can finally rejoice – after enduring filming delays which temporarily halted production last year, the hotly anticipated Bohemian Rhapsody film hits theaters nationwide today, Nov. 2. Rami Malek, who also plays the lead in USA Network's "Mr. Robot," takes center stage as Freddie Mercury in the first major silver screen biopic of the legendary glam-rock band and its late dazzling frontman.

There really is no other quite group like Queen—the glitzy, genre-bending and -redefining U.K. rock band that reigned supreme across the globe in the '70s and '80s. While Mercury's life was tragically cut short at 45 due to complications from HIV/AIDS, his impact has far outlasted his time on earth, with his music continuing to inspire new generations of musicians and music-aficionados alike.

Malek had big, shiny shoes to fill in embodying the vibrant, mercurial Mercury on the silver screen and clearly wasn’t lying about doing his homework—he has already received praise from film critics and fans for his portrayal. In a recent video message to fans the actor shares why this movie is special to him, and hopefully to you as well.

"Die-hard Queen fans, I'm very excited for them to see this film, I'm become pretty much a die-hard Queen fan myself," Malek shares. "What's special about this film is that we get to see the coming of age of this band from all walks of life, come together and collaborate on the greatest songs we've ever heard. You get the see the making of those songs and you get to see the glory of them resurrected onstage."

On Nov. 1 Malek sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen Show" to talk about Bohemian Rhapsody, sharing how he dove in headfirst before the film was even greenlit, watching all the Queen and Mercury footage he could find and taking singing and dancing lessons in preparation. He explains that while he had to maintain daily singing lessons to get his voice on point for the role, he soon switched from working with dance choreographers to a specialized movement coach to learn how to improvise onstage with fabulous moves like "bubble bath streaming down your back" and "serve me some spaghetti."

While the film's soundtrack features original remastered Queen studio recordings and live performance tracks, the music in the film features vocals from Malek combined with recordings of Mercury's and vocals from Mercury YouTube "impersonator" Marc Martel, who sounds almost eerily like Mercury himself. As Malek says on Ellen, Martel has "an incredible voice," continuing the combination of vocals for the film is "done fairly seamlessly, I feel."

In addition to the complimentary Bohemian Rhapsody Original Soundtrack released on Oct. 19 in anticipation of the film, the surviving members of Queen asked Australian popstar Troye Sivan to cover "Somebody To Love," which he released today and was "beyond honoured to have been asked to cover…a masterful song by the most legendary band."

Bohemian Rhapsody is now playing in theaters nationwide, you can visit the film's website for show times and more info.

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY


Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs



Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Glenn Danzig

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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