Get ready for all the feels watching this video! You’re not human if you don’t get the chills hearing a crowd of 65,000 people sing this classic song in perfect unison.
Nothing brings us together like music. The lyrics to one song can feel relatable to millions of people who lead completely different lives. Simply put, music speaks to us unlike any other medium.
This moment caught on camera at a sold-out Green Day concert in London proves that more than anything.
The crowd of 65,000 cheering fans was waiting for Green Day to get on and perform when Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” came on over the speakers.
And just like that, the crowd launched into an impromptu singalong that would make the guys of Wayne’s World prouder than ever.
In front of the singing crowd sat an empty stage – nothing more than just an un-manned drum set.
They don’t just sing the intro, the crowd gathered in Hyde Park kept going, singing the entire six-minute song.
At the end, realizing they’d pulled it off with perfection, the crowd erupted into applause, dancing and cheering as if the band had just played their favorite song.
Green Day had quite the act to follow up with at that point!
Green Day shared the impressive video captured on their Revolution Radio Tour via YouTube.
Since then, millions of people have watched and commented. Some people have said the footage even brought them to tears.
“It’s just so emotional because all those thousands people who don’t know each other, are just unified by music,” one viewer commented.
“If you can rock 65,000 people in a concert 27 years after your death and without being there, you are not just a singer, you are a legend,” another YouTube comment reads.
“…the most poignant moment for me was when I full screened the video to get the full HD experience and while they were singing. Look at the sky, it’s almost like Freddie Mercury was there, in the clouds, taking this all in,” another commenter noted.
The incredible moment unfolded while Green Day was on tour promoting their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio. It was released in October 2016.
In an interview with Q Magazine, Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said his band had become “prolific for the sake of it” thanks to their trilogy of albums ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!
Their goal with Revolution Radio was to produce “not so much a makeover as a make under.” The band still went all out with their massive studio tour, which, along with their album, received rave reviews.
Music critics enjoyed the album, too. It scored a 72 out of 100 on Metacritic.
Even if “Bohemian Rhapsody” has never been your favorite song, you’d have to live under a rock to not recognize the lyrics. That’s why it’s such a surprise that the song faced a lot of scrutiny and pushback before it was released in 1975.
“People were all going, ‘You’re joking, they’ll never play it, you’ll only hear the first few bars and then they’ll fade it out,” Freddie Mercury, Queen’s frontman, told Sounds. “We knew it was very risky, but we had so much confidence in that song — I did anyway.”
Mercury’s decision to push through with his belief in the song proved royally advantageous. After all, the song became the U.K.’s third-best-selling single in history.
Decades later, people are still obsessed with it. Not to mention, crowds full of people, many of whom were not even alive when the song was released, can sing it word-for-word.
That’s because “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a song like none other, especially at the time it was released. It hops from power ballad to heavy opera, to hard rock, and then to light opera like a true piece of art.
Some fun facts about the song include:
- The classic guitar solo (insert head banging scene from Wayne’s World) was originally written on a piano by Freddie, who was known for his epic piano playing skills – even though Freddie didn’t think so himself.
- The song has an open-ended meaning. “I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them,” Freddie said.
- While Queen was adamant about releasing the song as a single, their record label (EMI) disagreed, citing the song was too long for the radio to play.