Queen and Robert de Niro make surprise appearance at ‘We Will Rock You’ anniversary show

Projection of late singer Freddie Mercury also features

Queen‘s Brian May and Roger Taylor joined the cast of We Will Rock You onstage last night (May 14), marking the 10th anniversary of the hit musical based on the band’s music. Actor Robert De Niro also made a brief curtain call.

The finale of the show saw May emerge from a trapdoor in the stage, shrouded in smoke, to play the guitar solo to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – scroll down to watch fan footage. As the song finished, a projection of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was seen mouthing the final line to the song, “Anyway the wind blows”. Drummer Roger Taylor then joined May and the cast on stage to perform set-closer ‘The Show Must Go On’.

At the curtain call, We Will Rock You‘s writer and director Ben Elton said a few words before being joined on stage by the original producers of the show, including Robert De Niro and Jim Beach (Queen’s manager). After the show, De Niro chatted and posed for pictures with the cast. Also in the audience was a random bunch of celebrities, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, DJ Chris Tarrant, Antony Costa of the boyband Blue, and TV presenter Bill Oddie.

We Will Rock You opened at the Dominion on May 14, 2002, and initially attracted hostile reviews. The Daily Mirror wrote that “Ben Elton should be shot for this risible story.” However, despite never winning critical acclaim, the show has earned itself a place in the top ten of the West End’s longest running musicals.

May has joined the cast on stage a number of times during the show’s decade-long run, though Taylor has appeared only rarely. The last time both members performed in We Will Rock You was for its eighth anniversary show in 2010.

Queen will play two London shows with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert in July. 

The stadium rockers were due to headline this summer’s Sonisphere Festival with Lambert, but have been forced to schedule the new dates after the festival was cancelled earlier this month.