Years before there was MTV, there was “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The classic video from Queen has been a hit with every generation since, and it has the views to prove it. The 1975 clip featuring a performance from the band and kaleidoscope shots of the four singing, has now hit over 1 billion views on YouTube. That makes it the first pre-1990s video to hit the milestone.
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Originally uploaded in 2008, the video has now been digitally remastered in HD to celebrate crossing the billion mark, and the band has something extra in store for fans.
“We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you!” bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor explain in a statement. “Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, visual artist or you just want to have some fun.”
Queen has set up a site at YouAreTheChampions.com, asking for submissions for one of their three classics. They plan to recreate videos for “A Kind Of Magic”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “Don't Stop Me Now” using clips of Queen fans playing and dancing along. The three new videos will be uploaded later this year.
You can watch the remastered version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” above.
Queen is continuing their North American tour into August. You can find the full list of dates here.