In 1991, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury tragically died due to complications from AIDS at the age of just 45. Four years later the remaining three members of the band Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon released Queen’s 15th and final studio album. Made in Heaven featured unheard final recordings of Freddie Mercury prior to his death, while Deacon felt that Queen was done without its frontman.
Then in 1997 Deacon left Queen and hasn’t been involved since.
Instead, the bassist – who penned Another One Bites The Dust and is reportedly worth $105 million – lives a reclusive life in retirement out of the public eye.
In August, this year he turned 68 and both May and Taylor paid tribute to their old buddy who neither of them have seen in years.
In one interview Taylor said: “I haven't heard a squeak from John, not a single guttural grunt.”
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Queen drummer Roger Taylor shares intimate snap with recluse John Deacon during Japan tour (Image: GETTY)
He added: “We're not in touch but John's a sociopath, really, and he's given his blessing to whatever Brian and I might do with the brand — and we've done rather a lot.”
And now Taylor has shared an intimate picture of himself and Deacon in Queen’s heyday.
The 70-year-old drummer wrote: “John and me.....On a break during our Japanese promo tour for The Works album.”
The snap appears to have been taken in 1984, just a year before Queen’s iconic Live Aid