VIDEO: William Shatner sings Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody

All we can say is..."Beelzebub!"
All we can say is..."Beelzebub!"

Rarely can a video make us spit coffee on our computer screens. But that's exactly what happened at roughly the 4:13 mark during William Shatner's new clip in which he "sings" Queen's classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

It's not that the version, part of Captain Kirk's space-themed covers album, Seeking Major Tom, is bad per se. It's just, have to see it.

As anyone familiar with Shatner's past musical work surely knows, he doesn't so much sing a song as he acts it, and his take on Bohemian Rhapsody (which features John Wetton from King Crimson and Asia) is a melodramatic epic. While certain liberties have been taken with the arrangement and lyrics, it's pretty much all there, guaranteed to raise eyebrows and drop jaws.

Whether this will give Shatner a leg up on The Queen Extravaganza competition is anyone's guess. All we know is, somewhere up there Freddie Mercury is smiling...or cringing.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.