No one expects to be wowed out of their seat at a high school talent show. But then they haven’t witnessed the No Names Band step out onto the starkly lit stage and channel Queen for their hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s wowzers personified.
But can they pull off this extremely challenging song and get the cheers it takes to win the talent show?
How do they do it? This four-piece band of piano, electric guitar, bass, and drums know the song backward and forward. They emulate Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon, which is a feat unto itself.
But who in the world can channel the voice and performance swagger of Freddie Mercury? As the video will show it might take more than one high school student with a voice to imitate Freddie.
The No Name Band is a group of students who love to rock. Here’s their lineup:
Singers: Ali Alsaif, Evan Batsford, and Christopher Olmedo
Guitarist: Hamdan Alsaif
Bass Guitarist: Justin McMackin
Pianist: Sarah Alsaif
Drummer: Adam Garcia
Notice that’s three singers! Each with his own take on a portion of the song. Then they come together to belt out some of the monumental vocals of the song.
It seems fitting that three singers have to join up to recreate the amazing vocals of Freddie Mercury. No one singer can do him justice.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” is considered Queens best song by Billboard Magazine.
Billboard says that, “Even Queen’s quiet sounded big, and its big was designed to shake the Earth.”
Other songs that top the list are the stadium favorite “We Will Rock You” and “Under Pressure” featuring David Bowie.
The late great Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, take up a huge chapter in Rock ‘n Roll history.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of their most well-known songs. Universal Music Group noted the track as the most-streamed song of the 20th century.
The Guardian explains the complexity of the song with “its huge variety of styles – from intro to ballad, to operatic excess, to hard-rock, to reflective coda.”
The prog-rock masterpiece is a tour de force in piano playing, and a perfect pop song to get high schoolers up on their feet.
Why did the band choose the name, Queen?
In the Mercury biography Somebody to Love, Freddie says,
“It’s just a name, but it’s very regal obviously… It’s a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations.”
If you search YouTube for Hamdan Alsaif aka Hammy J, the super talented lead guitarist for the band, you’ll find that he is a wunderkind when it comes to perfecting some of the most monumental rock ‘n roll guitar riffs.
Up there on stage, he nails Brian May’s epic solos. Hamdan has obviously spent many an afternoon practicing his craft. You might want to remember this name, as he is a guitar god in the making.
The kids come together to rock out with Queen and they went away with a first-place finish. The audience was tired and falling sleep, beings it was a school night, but once the song got humming, everyone was energized.
They must have walked a little taller that week at school. The hallways must have been full of admiring fans. These teens got a little taste of what the rock star life is like.
Any fan of Queen should definitely be alerted to this video. Pass it along, if you know of any high schoolers who dream of starting a band.
Just like the audience that night, they won’t go home disappointed!
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