REO Speedwagon Reacts to Unexpected 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Movie Shoutout


REO Speedwagon keyboardist Neal Doughty was among the many movie followers who helped Bohemian Rhapsody to its No. 1 $50 million field workplace gross throughout its first weekend within the U.S. And he and his spouse obtained a little bit of a shock when REO was name-checked within the movie.

It happens throughout the scene when Queen is contemplating an invite to carry out at Live Aid throughout 1985. "They're speaking to Queen about taking part in Live Aid, and our title will get talked about!" Doughty, REO's sole remaining founding member, tells Billboard. "They're going, 'Paul McCartney's gonna be there and Elton John and the Who and REO Speedwagon.' I had no concept we have been talked about within the film. I'm going, 'Boy, they certain put us in some good firm with that — Paul McCartney, Elton John, REO Speedwagon…' We've been in some unhealthy films, however by no means one which was No. 1 like this."

REO carried out as a part of the Philadelphia Live Aid present, whereas Queen, in fact, was among the many highlights at London’s' Wembley Stadium. For Doughty, the inclusion was a reminder of simply how fashionable REO was at the moment, driving the multi-platinum success of its Hi Infidelity, Good Trouble and Wheels Are Turnin' albums. "It jogs my memory we actually made a reputation for ourselves again within the '80s, and that caught with individuals," Doughty explains. "It's like we're a part of the panorama now, and people are the years that allowed us to be. We can do that so long as we're respiration, which looks as if it'll be awhile but 'trigger we're all very wholesome. As lengthy as individuals preserve exhibiting up, we'll preserve doing it."

Doughty says he and his spouse, each followers of Rami Malek from TV's Mr. Robot, have been impressed together with his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. "He simply does a tremendous job, the actions and the posture and every part," Doughty notes. "He actually has Freddie Mercury down." The keyboardist additionally praises the movie for what he considers a real portrayal of inter-band dynamics.

"I believed it was correct from the standpoint of the best way band members work together with one another," Doughty says. "I keep in mind arguing over whose music was gonna be the one and whose music was even gonna be on the data. Those interactions are the sorts of issues that may generally break up a band, and I believed that a part of it was fairly correct." And Doughty didn't object to the quite a few liberties the Queen-sanctioned movie takes with historic details.

"That occurs in each film or biopic like that; There's issues they modify to make the viewers extra broad," Doughty says. "I don't know sufficient about Queen to identify the failings within the film. I used to be a reasonably informal fan. I went to a theater with state-of-the-art sound, and the music simply sounded so good. I used to be most likely higher off to not know fairly as a lot about (Queen) because the very hardcore followers."