Review: Queen Rock Montreal Concert Movie
Ever wanted to watch the original Queen live? For three days in June at a cost of $25 you can lap up every moment of their 1981 Montreal concert remastered with surround sound.
If you’re like this writer and you feel like you should’ve been born in the 60s or 70s so you can live in the era of classic rock, then you understand the loss of no longer being able to watch some of the world’s greatest performers, who have sadly left us; not even a ludicrous amount of money will bring them back from that mysterious yonder.
By that account we live in a sad time. Long have we lamented that we will never get to see Michael Jackson moonwalk across a stage. We will never watch Kurt Cobain and Nirvana rock out a show. But perhaps most saddening of all, we will never get to witness firsthand the showmanship and charisma of Queen’s Freddie Mercury as he struts his way in between Brian May and John Deacon to the beat of Roger Taylor’s drums.
Fortunately, the wonder of video recording gives us the ability to relive some of those moments in surround sound. And that’s precisely what Queen Rock Montreal is all about.
At this juncture we should make a disclaimer. There’s no doubt that this isn’t our typical MOSHIN’ coverage. But when we received the invite to attend the movie preview of Queen’s 1981 Montreal concert, it quickly became clear that even if we ended up not writing anything about it, we would still attend and enjoy ourselves.
And enjoy ourselves we did. It was pure magic (for this writer) to watch our favourite Queen songs (and shamelessly sing along at the top of our lungs while playing air guitar) as if the 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were right in front of us. It didn’t matter that it was only a recording. It is the closest one can get to watching the original band live.
Sadly, this is precisely the kind of thing that we take for granted today. In modern times it simply isn’t a big deal to have a concert filmed and edited into a movie. But when the British band did it for their Montreal gig in 1981, they were the first ever to do so on full cinema format 35mm film. And boy are we glad they took the technological leap.
We have no doubt that this movie isn’t for anyone but the people like us who miss the Queen of old. As good as the Queen of today is with Adam Lambert, the reality is it’s not the same without Freddie.
So it’s a simple decision: if experiencing a version of the band’s original power is worth $25 it takes to have the experience, then it’ll be worth every penny.
Queen Rock Montreal is showing at Golden Village Suntec City on 4 June at 7.30pm, and at Golden Village VivoCity on 5 and 6 June at 8.30pm. Tickets are $20 for GV members and $25 for the public. Tickets on sale now at gv.com.sg.