That time I asked Brian May of Queen about that scene in Wayne’s World with “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the car

By Steve Newton

I loved Queen in the seventies. When that first album came out in 1973 it was in a steady battle for time on my turntable with other ’73 debuts by Aerosmith, Skynyrd, Montrose, and Trower. I clearly remember playing it on my parents’ living-room stereo (before I got my own) and being blown away by the opening track, “Keep Yourself Alive”. I mean, what the hell kinda guitar sound was that? I’d never heard anything like that before.

Just two years later, of course, everybody loved Queen, because they put out an album called A Night at the Opera that featured a tune called “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Right now there’s a new movie about Queen called Bohemian Rhapsody that’s doing boffo box office. I haven’t seen it yet, but I hear it’s pretty good. It’s probably not quite as good as seeing Queen live in concert with Freddy Mercury on the Day At the Races Tour though, with Thin Lizzy opening up. That was freakin’ awesome.

I never got to interview Mercury, sadly, but I did have a nice little chat with Queen guitarist Brian May in March of 1993, when his own band was touring with Guns N’ Roses. The year before that the Mike Myers movie Wayne’s World had come out, and renewed interest in “Bohemian Rhapsody” with a scene that saw rock-crazed Saturday Night Live characters Wayne and Garth and some yahoo buddies banging heads to it in an AMC Pacer.

At one point in the interview I asked May about that famous scene. Have a listen, but excuse my nervous laughter. I was talking to Brian May, after all.

 

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Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, 1985
Carlos Santana, 2011
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Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil, 2001
Tommy Aldridge, 2001
Donald “Duck” Dunn, 1985
Mark Farner of Grand Funk, 1991
Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, 1990
Jennifer Batten, 2002
Mike Fraser, 2014
Leo Kottke, 2002
Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, 2002
David Gogo, 1991
Booker T. Jones, 2016
Link Wray, 1997
James Reyne, 1988
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Buddy Guy, 1991
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Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, 2016
Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1986
Lindsay Mitchell of Prism, 1988
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Gaye Delorme, 1990
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Graham Bonnet of Alcatrazz, 1984
Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, 2016
Doc Neeson of Angel City, 1985
Rik Emmett of Triumph, 1985
Sonny Landreth, 2016
Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders, 2016
Jeff Beck, 2001
Albert King, 1990
Johnny Ramone of the Ramones, 1992
Peter Frampton, 1987
Otis Rush, 1997
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, 1989
Leslie West of Mountain, 2002
Steve Howe of Yes, 2017
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, 1983
Uli Jon Roth, 2016
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Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1985
Greg Lake of ELP, 1992
Robert Plant, 1993
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Warren Zevon, 1992
Tal Wilkenfeld, 2016
Steve Clark of Def Leppard, 1988
Roy Buchanan, 1986
Gary Moore, 1984
Ronnie Montrose, 1994
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Alex Lifeson of Rush, 1992
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J.J. Cale, 1990
Yngwie Malmsteen, 2014
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Kim Mitchell, 1984
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Derek Trucks, 1998
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