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Guitarist Brian May Explains the Making of Queen’s Classic Song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is one of the most audacious pop songs ever made. Part ballad, part opera, part heavy metal orgasm, the song has six distinct sections and took over a month to record.  At just under six minutes, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was considered too long for pop radio. “The record company, in their infinite ignorance, of course immediately suggested that we cut it down,” said Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who stood by his bandmates and refused to let the song be cut. “It really was hit or miss. It was either going to be massive or it was going to be nothing.”

But it came after Stairway to Heaven, a similar song in scope and ambition, which had been wildly popular. So at least there was precedent. 

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