Panic! At the Disco’s Not Quite as Queenly Cover of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

There are three things wrong with Panic! at the Disco’s live cover and video of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” In order:

1.) Brendon Urie isn’t Freddie Mercury. Fair enough, no shame there.

2.) No gong after “any way the wind blows.” What kind of ghetto version of a king-hell, sturm-und-drang ’70s arena power-rock epic are you trying to do if you can’t even be assed to roll out a gong in your live sets?

3.) The video is just a basic live performance. Also fair enough, we suppose, but boring compared to Queen’s version. Where are the singing, disembodied heads? Where are the crappy ’70s special effects? Where’s the frilly satin shirt? Urie isn’t even wearing a shirt. You can’t go into full-on rock-god mode without a frilly shirt. That’s just conventional wisdom passed down from Robert Plant to Paul Stanley to whoever the lead singer of Enuff Z’Nuff was.

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