June 28, 2015


Watch Kanye West Cover Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at Glastonbury

In 2008, Jay Z faced a bunch of racist, rockist bullshit—led by OasisNoel Gallagher—when his Glastonbury Festival headlining set was announced. Hov ended up hitting the English stage with a guitar in hand and a shit-eating grin on his face, covering "Wonderwall." It dropped into "99 Problems"; mic was dropped, history was made (along with an essential bootleg).

In 2015, Kanye West faced the same antagonistic, narrow-minded fuckery when his Glastonbury headlining set was announced. On Saturday, when the moment came, 'Ye took the stage with his own smashes—a merciless string of god-level hits and life-affirming head-crushers like "Stronger," "Power," "N---as in Paris," "Black Skinhead," "All Day"—and burned through an unequivocally flawless setlist.

Then, as a dessert, or an after-thought, right toward closing time, Kanye West did "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The Queen song. The Queen anthem, the one epic and emotional and formally inventive enough to interest the man who wrote My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus and 808s & Heartbreak in a tidy five years.

Be blessed with a video of Kanye's "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover up top. Don't get caught up on those first two missed notes; nobody's Freddie Mercury, and Kanye did exactly what he needed to do with this, tied just the right celebratory bow on this whole Glastonbury situation. 

The song's new title, interestingly enough, is "Bohemian Rhapsod'Ye." Correct spelling in all future and past references plz. #nodisrespecttoqueen

Complex UK has a bunch of other video and info about Kanye's Glastonbury set. His only onstage guest was Bon Iver himself, Justin Vernon, "one of the baddest white boys on the planet." 

And Yeezy flew over the audience on a crane. And he played "Runaway" and then "Only One." And closed with "All Falls Down." Just a sad night not to have been in England—but a happy night for humankind, 'cause...