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Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody": Kanye West Vs. Freddie Mercury — Video

For some reason, Kanye West decided to perform Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival.

He didn't do a very good job, and he should probably avoid the song in the future. Hey, it's true.

Regardless, someone took the time to edit Kanye’s performance with archival footage of Mercury looking on and laughing. Eventually, the clip cuts to Mercury belting out the song as West, well, doesn't laugh at all.

"Hey, this has nothing to do with guitars!"

True, but remember that "Bohemian Rhapsody" made Guitar World's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time several years ago, coming in at Number 20.

The tune also is a huge favorite with acoustic fingerstylists—as seen in this exclusive GW tutorial by Daryl Kellie.

And if you really like this classic song, be sure to check out this interesting version—renamed "Bohemian Carsody"—by the women of SketchShe.

Although we're not permitted to embed the video into this story, just CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW, and you'll be taken to the clip ASAP. Enjoy!

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.