Freddie Mercury and the rest of Queen will be honored with a biopic set for release next month.
Did this cover of @QueenWillRock “Under Pressure” for the Bohemian Rhapsody film with @teddygeiger, to honor Freddie, and for a cause really close to our hearts, to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust in the fight against HIV / AIDS. Hope you love it x https://t.co/jczFNYkuFW pic.twitter.com/mLiInBXGNO— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) October 11, 2018
You guys did great....its so beautiful...and what a Beautiful thing to do ❤— Jillepigen-be my summer in a Winter day (@Jill__Mendes) October 12, 2018
The dilemma Mendes and other artists doing covers will confront is, frankly, they are not Freddie. The legendary frontman's vocal prowess is widely seen as the best in music history. Here's an example from the band's performance at Live Aid, which the new movie revolves around:
Freddie Mercury's Vocal Improvisation — Akram (@AkramElsaiid) September 23, 2017
-Queen at LIVE AID pic.twitter.com/yI1Re0MFqq
And to make things even more difficult for Mendes and Geiger, "Under Pressure" features one of the most influential artists of all time in the iconic David Bowie, so it's no surprise it cannot be topped.
However, the significant thing is the cover was done as a charitable act, which Mendes is not unfamiliar with.
Bohemian Rhapsody will be released Nov. 2 and is expected to have a $30 million box office opening.