How Freddie Mercury ignored Brian May's Queen song worries revealed: 'We can't ...

Freddie Mercury made a name for himself as one of the most outlandish and fabulous frontmen in rock music during his incredible career with Queen. Alongside Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, he penned some of the most lauded songs of all time prior to his tragic death in 1991. But there was one idea which made guitarist May slightly nervous.

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In his latest micro-concert on Instagram, Queen star May talked fans through the riff for their 1976 hit Tie Your Mother Down.

The video showed him slowly walking viewers through the epic riff, while, in the caption, he explained how he had written the songs.

“A riff for beginners,” he wrote. “I ‘discovered’ this riff on a volcanic ridge in Tenerife as a student living in an observatory hut.

“I could hear the words in my head, ‘Tie Your Mother Down’,” May explained. “I remember that when Freddie first heard the riff, he liked it.”


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But the guitarist was inclined to change the title.

Mercury, however, was all for it, dismissing his friend’s concerns.

“I said, ‘Of course we can’t call it Tie Your Mother Down.’ He said, ‘Of course we can!’” May recalled.

“So then I wrote the rest of this song - about teenage angst!” he added.

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