Freddie's Not Dead

This month, Queen fans celebrated what would have been singer Freddie Mercury's 66th birthday. Tonight, the American Cinematheque marks another Queen milestone of sorts when it screens Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest '86, a concert film of the band's Magic Tour, the last one with Mercury before he went to that great stadium in the sky in 1991. Queen's popularity had been waning in the early-'80s New Wave era, but by 1986 the four had reclaimed the throne thanks to those 20 pivotal minutes at Live Aid in 1985. The group's performance in front of 80,000 fans was at the time the largest in Eastern Europe. The show has all of Mercury's trademarks – the porn 'stache, cape and gown and baseless mic stand. And if you're looking to hear more than just the band's big hits, check out Mercury scatting, covering Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" and trying to sing the Hungarian national anthem while reading the lyrics off his hand. Though the only offstage shots are of guitarist Brian May riding in a hot air balloon and bassist John Deacon at a café, a preceding documentary features rehearsal footage and interviews with the members. See the real deal before someone gets the bright idea to bring the hologram to a town near you. Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com.
Sun., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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