REO performed as part of the Philadelphia Live Aid show, while Queen, of course, was among the highlights at London’s' Wembley Stadium. For Doughty, the inclusion was a reminder of just how popular REO was at that time, riding the multi-platinum success of its Hi Infidelity, Good Trouble and Wheels Are Turnin' albums. "It reminds me we really made a name for ourselves back in the '80s, and that stuck with people," Doughty explains. "It's like we're part of the landscape now, and those are the years that allowed us to be. We can do this as long as we're breathing, which seems like it'll be awhile yet 'cause we're all very healthy. As long as people keep showing up, we'll keep doing it."
Doughty says he and his wife, both fans of Rami Malek from TV's Mr. Robot, were impressed with his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. "He just does an amazing job, the movements and the posture and everything," Doughty notes. "He really has Freddie Mercury down." The keyboardist also praises the film for what he considers a true portrayal of inter-band dynamics.
"I thought it was accurate from the standpoint of the way band members interact with each other," Doughty says. "I remember arguing over whose song was gonna be the single and whose song was even gonna be on the records. Those interactions are the kinds of things that can sometimes break up a band, and I thought that part of it was pretty accurate." And Doughty didn't object to the numerous liberties the Queen-sanctioned film takes with historical facts.
"That happens in every movie or biopic like that; There's things they change to make the audience more broad," Doughty says. "I don't know enough about Queen to spot the flaws in the movie. I was a pretty casual fan. I went to a theater with state of the art sound, and the music just sounded so good. I was probably better off not to know quite as much about (Queen) as the very hardcore fans."