Freddie Mercury is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists and showmen in the history of popular music. His delivery of Bohemian Rhapsody at Live Aid will forever be regarded as one of the all-time finest performances ever recorded. Yet, in the early days both Brian May and Roger Taylor had serious doubts about his abilities, especially his singing. They opened u in a brand new interview to promote the upcoming album and film release Live Around The World which gathes together their favourite concert performances with Adam Lambert since they got together in 2012.
In a new interview with Queen and Adam Lambert, Freddie’s bandmates talk honestly and affectionately about their first impressions of him.
May said: “In the beginning we liked Freddie, but we weren’t convinced he could do it. He would dash around and scream his head off and seemed completely out of control.”
Taylor had previously said he first saw Freddie when he was front alt-rock group Ibex, he thought “Good on showmanship, not sure about the singing.” Taylor later described him as sounding like a “powerful bleating sheep.”
In the new interview May admits he was jealous of how other “more professional” acts were already enjoying much greater success than Queen.
Roger said; “We gravitated there because we flounced around in velvet and were generally flashy. Freddie called us the Kensington Ponces.”
While Roger and Brian may have had their doubts and frustrations with the band’s lack of early success, Freddie did not.
Roger added: ‘He never doubted that we would make it. He used to say, ‘Talent will out, my dears.'”
FULL INTERVIEW IN TODAY’S SATURDAY TIMES
Published at Sat, 26 Sep 2020 13:33:00 +0000