Billy Watman, a 15 year old guitarist from London, has amazed viewers around the world with his incredible renditions of QUEEN’s Bohemian Rhapsody on classical guitar.
Billy learned the arrangement (by Edgar Cruz) at the age of 12, and his first YouTube clip of the song was seen by and shared on QUEEN’s official Facebook page.
A year later and Billy was performing the song on the streets of Edinburgh, when a passer by filmed him – the video went viral, after being shared by a Freddie Mercury fan page.
Estimates are in the region of 10 million views. That video was also shared on Twitter by Brian May!
Then at the age of 14, Billy once again used the song, as an audition piece for a Guitar based TV talent show in the UK, named ‘Guitar Star’. His spectacular performance, in front of judges George Benson, Tony Visconti (David Bowie’s producer), and classical virtuoso Milos Karadaglic – has been viewed by almost 20 million people on various social media sites.
Billy will be performing a live stream on Easter Sunday 16th April 2017 at 1800 UK time (1200 Lima/Mexico City)(1400 Sao Paulo/Buenos Aires) on the Facebook page of ‘El Rock Es Cultura’ which has over 3 million followers.