Queen Becomes First Rock Band To Open The Oscars

Jason Bullinger for Alternative Revolt

The 91st Academy Awards saw the world’s biggest rock band own Hollywood’s biggest night.

Legendary rock band QUEEN + Adam Lambert opened—and stole—the show at the star-studded Oscarsâ, performing a medley of two of their most iconic songs, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions,” getting a much-deserved standing ovation from Tinseltown’s elite.

It was also a history-making performance, as QUEEN is the first rock band to ever open the Academy Awards. “Guitarist Brian May was the first to appear on stage, shredding on his guitar to the iconic beat of ‘We Will Rock You,’” wrote Rolling Stone. “Lambert joined, paying homage to Mercury’s gravity-defying vocals and unmistakable showmanship.”

QUEEN, who were recently the No. 1 streamed artist on Spotify, was celebrating the Oscar nomination and blockbuster success of the award-winning 20th Century Fox film, Bohemian Rhapsody, a tribute to the band’s enduring legacy and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Bohemian Rhapsody is the highest-grossing biopic of all time and the fifth top-grossing release of all time for Fox.

The legendary Bohemian Rhapsody single, regularly cited as one of the greatest songs ever recorded, was recently recognized as the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time. “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and No. 10 on Spotify’s Global Top Songs Chart and has been on that chart every week since the film’s release.

QUEEN original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will team up once more with vocalist Adam Lambert for the Rhapsody tour, an epic 25-date run from mid-July through late August. The North American headline tour will be produced by Live Nation.