The Simpsons are set to cash in on the Bohemian Rhapsody buzz, paying tribute to Queen by recreating their iconic Live Aid performance.
This time last year, the music world was looking ahead to the imminent release of Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic that focused on the life and times of English rock outfit Queen, and their charismatic leader, the late Freddie Mercury.
While the film would go on to become the highest-grossing musical biopic to date, it would also gain widespread acclaim across the board, including for Rami Malek, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mercury.
Now, it appears as though Queen are set to have their legacy sent to the small screen, with producers of The Simpsons reportedly recreating the band’s iconic Live Aid performance for an upcoming episode.
As sources such as Metal Injection have claimed, the show will reportedly portray Homer Simpson as Freddie Mercury performing at London’s Wembley Stadium back in 1985.
A promotional screenshot of the episode has also been released, though the exact airdate of the scene is up for debate. While a number of sources reported it would air on Sunday night, fans on Reddit claimed the episode did not appear as promised, while Kerrang! claimed the episode aired as planned, stating it was “a pretty awesome thing to watch”.
However, while fans are debating whether the scene is real life or just fantasy, Queen guitarist Brian May seemed to imply it was all a shock to him, sharing the screenshot on Instagram and revealing that some of the band’s material has indeed been licensed to the show.
“Aaay-O ! Doh ! Is this a ‘thing’ ? Apparently SO ! But I may have to wait a while,” May wrote.
“Well – dear folks in the USA – let me know how it goes !!! We don’t get Fox TV over here. 💥💥💥💥 And, by the way, since some of you have asked, yes – ssssh…. some material HAS been officially licensed to the fabulous Simpsons.”
At this stage, it seems we may need to wait until future episodes before finding out whether or not television’s iconic family has indeed tackled the great Queen for an episode.
In related news, Queen are set to return to Australia early next year for their first tour of the country since 2018. Check out all the details below.
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Queen Rhapsody Australian Tour 2020
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, February 15th, 2020
ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
Optus Stadium, Perth, WA
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast, QLD
Tickets on sale via Ticketek