Bruce Gowers, noted film director who worked on Queen‘s legendary video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and many others has died at age 82.
Gowers originally began directing videos in his native England, but after Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” boosted his career and fame, he moved to the United States in the 70s. He directed several Queen videos and also worked with The rolling stones, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Trip, Kansas, Styx, Rush, Michael Jackson, Prince, Santana, KISS, REO Speedwagon and many others.
But it was “Bohemian Rhapsody” that paved the way for music videos to become as massive as they did.
“It changed the way music was perceived; everyone was making videos and bands saw their sales and chart positions increase if their videos were good,” Gowers said Daily mail a few years ago and added that he was only paid $590 to direct the video.
“It’s the first video that actually had any kind of effect to actually sell. There’s probably been a lot of videos before, but they didn’t sell records. I think it’s the first one that actually worked, Freddie Mercury said of the video in an episode of Queen’s Making history series on YouTube.
From working on music videos, Gowers’ resume expanded to direct television specials and shows, award shows, documentaries and more. american idol was one of the most notable shows he worked on, which he directed from 2002 to 2011.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Gowers died on Sunday, Jan. 15 due to complications from an acute respiratory infection. We send our condolences to his loved ones. Rest in peace.
Bruce Gowers, director of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video dies aged 82
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