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The stars of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming movie about the Freddie Mercury-fronted band — Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee — introduced the performance from the stage of Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, where the awards ceremony was taking place. The movie, also titled Bohemian Rhapsody, and directed by Bryan Singer, is set to hit theaters Nov. 2.
The film follows the band on its rise from infancy to superstardom, including Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis. Malek plays Mercury and has said that Queen guitarist Brian May told him that movie brought him to tears and that Mercury would be proud of the project.
Onstage Tuesday night, Malek called playing Mercury a “gift and a tremendous honor,” saying the band’s “music and live performances are such an important part of rock history.”
Lee added, “‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is one of the most iconic and musically fascinating rock songs of all time.”
The actors then threw to Panic! At the Disco at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, the band’s first performance on the AMAs.
With rows of blue lights illuminating the band’s performance, lead singer Brendon Urie began sitting at the piano, winking as he sang “Will you do the Fandango?” He hit the song’s high notes and hopped on top of the piano for the uptempo section near the song’s end.
The track, one of Queen’s most popular and recognizable songs, was written by Mercury for the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera.
Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the fan-voted awards show, which aired live on ABC.
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