If the mere mention of Panic! at the Disco conjures flashbacks of an angsty adolescence—shunning your parents, stewing in self pity and fawning over boy bands in eyeliner, tight pants and top hats—then here’s your chance to reacquaint yourself with a decidedly grownup Panic! The band performed a truly awesome rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” on their Gospel Tour with Fall Out Boy and Linkin Park. (Okay, so maybe they haven’t changed that much).
From the understated intro to the operatic mid-section, kick-ass guitar solo and grand finale, Brendon Urie and company pretty much nailed the Queen clasic. Urie went shirtless and sweaty, strutting around in leather pants and taking a decent shot at Freddie Mercury’s signature moves. The perfectly timed smoke and lights enhanced the performance, rather than distracted from it. Altogether it is a stunning and truthful tribute, free of bombast and emo-wailing.
Since Panic! posted this video to YouTube on Monday, it’s already racked up nearly 1.4 million views.