Roger Taylor of Queen’s says John Deacon is “quite fragile”.
The 70-year-old former bassist retired from the legendary rock band in 1997 – six years after his comrade Freddie Mercury died of complications from AIDS – and has tried to stay out of the spotlight and away from people since then because that he’s not in a great place mentally.
Taylor explained, “It is [John] quite fragile. He took so much of Freddie’s death. “
The 72-year-old drummer believes it took the band – also made up of Brian May – at least “five years” to get over Freddie’s passing.
He told The Times newspaper: “It was a dark time, a massive loss.
“It wasn’t just the band, it was more personal than that. I think it took five years for it to really sink in.”
The “We Will Rock You” hitmakers embarked on a tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992 and completed a posthumous album, “Made in Heaven” in 1995, but they were convinced it was the end of their time. as queen after this.
Taylor explained, “It was a way to deflect some of the grief. We thought that was it. It was wonderful. But it was over.”
However, it was far from over and their album “Greatest Hits” – released in 1981 – remains the best-selling album in British history and, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the group has remained in the album and streaming charts.
Taylor said: “At the end of the day I think it’s the strength of the material.
“There is no master plan, just constant attention to getting things done and keeping the embers glowing.”
Taylor and May returned on tour in 2011, with Adam Lambert on vocals in place of Mercury, and they once again became one of the highest-grossing live bands in the world.
Taylor explained, “Meeting Adam was the luckiest thing. He knows he’s not Freddie but at the same time he’s funny and bright and brings a whole new modern dimension to the material … Brian and I like to say we’re brothers from another mother. We are completely different but very close. He’s a good man. Completely crazy, of course, but in a good way. He [May] was still on a bit of a roller coaster. This [depression] wasn’t really understood back then, but people are talking about it now, which I guess is a good thing.
“I’m more positive. I’m trying to get the most enjoyment out of life – so I’ll probably be the first to go! But we’re both very happy to keep doing that, when we physically can. won’t last much longer, let’s face it.