Panic! At The Disco will pay tribute to Queen at the 2018 American Music Awards
The native Las Vegas rock band, Panic! At The Disco, is set to pay tribute to the legendary band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury at the 2018 American Music Awards, in their first ever AMA performance, taking place on Oct. 9, 2018.
The band will perform a cover of Queen's number one song "Bohemian Rhapsody" from the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
Brendon Urie, the band’s frontman, expressed his appreciation for having the opportunity to perform the song. He said in a press release, "If there is one song that I wish I would’ve written myself, it’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.'" He also stated, "Freddie Mercury’s genius is clear from the very first note to the last and I’m honored to be able to pay tribute to Queen with my performance."
This isn't the first time Panic! At The Disco has performed the hit song, however. They first released their cover of the song on the official soundtrack of the 2016 film "Suicide Squad."
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is often regarded as one of the greatest rock songs in history and has even spawned a movie biopic about the life of Freddie Mercury and the band's rise to stardom, which has been given the same name as the song.
The film stars American born actor Rami Malek as Mercury with Lucy Boynton (as Mary Austin, Mercury's lifelong companion), Gwilym Lee (as Brian May, Queen lead guitarist ), Ben Hardy (as as Roger Taylor, Queen drummer), Joseph Mazzello (as John Deacon, Queen bass guitarist ), and Mike Myers (as Ray Foster, Mercury's personal manager) in supporting roles. The film is slated to release on Nov. 2, 2018.
Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello, and Gwilym Lee will introduce Panic! At The Disco’s performance live from the AMAs at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Panic! At The Disco's was also nominated this year for favorite artist - alternative rock.