It's that rhythm, mashed up with the operatic vocals of "Bohemian Rhapsody," that drive the new trailer, which takes the band from its long-haired early days through their memorable 1985 Live Aid performance.
The trailer also foreshadows Mercury's 1987 AIDS diagnosis, made at a time when testing positive for HIV was a death sentence. (A 2016 book, "Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury," suggests he contracted HIV in 1982.)
"What if I don't have time?" he asks, as he tries to accomplish as much as he can with what little he has left.
Although the drug AZT was approved for use while Mercury was still alive, it came too late to do him much good. He died Nov. 24, 1991, at age 45, four years after testing positive and one day after going public with his illness.
"You're a legend," his bandmates tell him as he begins to contemplate his fate.
"We're all legends," Mercury corrects them.
He was right.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" hits theaters Nov. 2.