‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Turns 40 Today, Brian May Says He’s ‘Not Sick Of It’

On Oct. 31, 1975, Queen released “Bohemian Rhapsody” — an epic rock suite that would become one of the band’s most memorable hits, as well as one of the most popular sing-a-longs of all time.

Today marks the song’s 40th anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion, the BBC interviewed guitarist Brian May on the song’s inimitable legacy.

“There was no demo,” May said of Freddie Mercury’s composition. “It was all in Freddie’s head and on lots of little pieces of paper, which he used to make notes on. And I mean literally notes. He would put A♭, C♯, D♭ in little blocks.”

Of the song’s iconic appearance in the 1992 film Wayne’s World, May said, “Strangely enough, the humor in [the film] was quite close to our own. Because we did that kind of thing in the car, bouncing up and down to our own tracks!

That visual in mind, May concludes, “I’m not sick of it,” adding, “you can’t complain that people want to talk about it all these years later. I still enjoy hearing it. If it comes on the radio, I’ll turn it up and listen. But no air guitar. I’m too old for air guitar now.”

Read the full interview at the BBC.

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