Here's Why Your Fave Bands Worship This Rock God

24 November 2015, 11:58 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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James Wilson-Taylor

By James Wilson-Taylor

Long live the king!

Legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died 24 years ago today and his influence on the music world is stronger than ever. 

Here are just a few of the acts regularly paying tribute to the greatest rock performer ever.

Panic! At The Disco

Brendon and co have made a habit of covering Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the end of shows and Brendon certainly bases a lot of his stage stylings on Freddie, not to mention his lack of shirt. Back in 2013, he talked to American Songwriter: "Honestly, I think it would be a trip to have written with Freddie Mercury. That would have been so crazy. To me he’s like pinnacle best front man for a band and one of the most talented songwriters. As well as Brian May, I mean they combined to make “Bohemian Rhapsody” – it’s unreal."

Here they are performing on the Gospel tour last year:


Adam Lambert

Obviously. Adam made no secret of his love for Freddie during his American Idol days, using "Bohemian Rhapsody" for his first audition and performing "We Are The Champions" with them during the finale show, leading to, as we know, endless touring as their new frontman alongside his successful solo material. This clip from their NYE 2014 show in London shows how he has made the role of Queen frontman his own. 



My Chemical Romance


Around the era of The Black Parade, MCR made no secret of the influence of Queen on their more dramatic direction. In fact it was so apparent that Brian May even joined them onstage at Reading Festival 2011 for a performance of "We Will Rock You" and "Welcome To The Black Parade".


Fall Out Boy


FOB have also moved progressively away from their initial punk roots to embrace a more epic sound on Save Rock 'n' Roll and AB/AP. They gave a nod to Freddie by covering "We Are The Champions" on the Monumentour last summer.




Nate Reuss has one of the highest pitched voices in the game so it only made sense that he would take on one of Freddie's signature tunes and really put that vocal range to work. Listen Below:


All very solid efforts, but there can only be one....

RIP Freddie - you're still the greatest!

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