Freddie Mercury made a name for himself with his lavish, expansive vision for Queen and, alongside his bandmates Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, created a group whose legacy would continue to influence the British rock scene for decades to come. He joined the band after it was formed in 1968 by guitarist May, encouraging them to change their name from Smile to Queen. In the years which followed, the line-up was completed by the addition of Deacon.
The bassist was quieter than the other three, more inclined to let the dominant personalities battle it out when it came to the creative process in the beginning.
Not a fan of the press, Deacon rarely gave interviews, but newly unearthed footage shows him reflecting on the arguments which went on behind-the-scenes.
Opening up about Mercury’s elaborate taste and penchant for the extraordinary, Deacon said in the 1980s interview: “He’s very perfectionist and he always wants to do things in a big way.”
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Freddie Mercury: Queen's John Deacon opened up on the rows over the singer's 'grandiose' ideas (Image: GETTY)
Freddie Mercury: Queen's John Deacon said the star's ideas were sometimes 'over-the-top' (Image: GETTY)
“He doesn’t want to do anything that would be considered small-time,” he continued.
Revealing how Mercury’s ideas could occasionally lead to disagreements, the bassist said: “To some of us the ideas seem a bit grandiose and over-the-top and we sometimes have to argue about these things.”
On the subject of the rows over creative decisions regarding Queen, Deacon mused: “In the early days I was very quiet because I felt I was the new boy in the band.
“I used to keep