Back in November, the Maynard James Keenan-fronted Puscifer announced a brand new EP titled Donkey Punch The Night, featuring a couple of new songs, remixes, covers, and remixes of the covers. The two covers on the EP were described by Maynard as “an itch that needed scratching, and that itch was [Accept’s] Balls To The Wall” and “an even harder to reach itch known as [Queen’s] Bohemian Rhapsody.” The latter, Queen’s epic magnum opus, has predictably been posted online.
An arguably hard one to tackle by any band, a straight cover of Bohemian Rhapsody wouldn’t offer anything new or remarkable, and alterations to it would most likely detract from what’s already perfect. As it turns out, Puscifer went with a straight version, and the result is less than impressive. Maynard’s voice simply isn’t to the task, and it’s only made worse by the fact that the rest of the band is so accurately mimicking the song. Listen to Puscifer’s Bohemian Rhapsody below:
The Donkey Punch the Night EP can be ordered here. Puscifer have announced their first tour dates outside of North America with the band performing three shows in Australia as well as performances at Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile:
February 22 Brisbane, Australia The Tivoli
February 26 Sydney, Australia Enmore Theatre
February 28 Melbourne, Australia The Palais Theatre
March 31 Sao Paulo, Brazil Lollapalooza Brazil
April 6 & 7 Santiago, Chile Lollapalooza Chile