Kanye West had the nerve to cover Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend. It was likely meant as a homage to the legendary band in front of a mostly British crowd. Unfortunately, Kanye BUTCHERED IT. Like butchered it BAD. What? The dude cannot sing. CANNOT SING.
“You are watching the greatest living rock star on the planet!” Kanye yelled on stage. Alrighty then. Sometimes I think Kanye is just trolling us all. He couldn’t possibly be that narcissistically clueless. Or could he?
The very first note is off-key. He forgets the words, and blessedly asks the audience to help him out, because he sorely needed the assistance. Interestingly, the crowd is on his side throughout the performance, even as Kanye desecrates the memory of Freddie Mercury, one of Britain’s most beloved rock icons.
Earlier in the set, a comedian wearing a T-shirt with the words “Lee-Zus” rushed the stage as the hip-hop star performed “Black Skinhead.” He was soon escorted off by security. A weird night all around.
The trainwreck didn’t go unnoticed by one singer who has done Freddie and Queen proud. Adam Lambert, who toured with the remaining members of the band, and has many flawless renditions of “Bohemian Rhapsody” under his belt, including the singer’s 2008 American Idol audition, didn’t mince words or play coy.
OYE VEY Kanye. That Bohemian Rhapsody at Glastonbury though…. Ouch
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) June 29, 2015
Heh. Awesome. Here’s a video of Kanye and Adam’s versions side by side. Yeah, Kanye. You just KEEP DOING YOU!