Brian May on Freddie Mercury’s ‘very private side’ and how he faced up to his insecurities

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It’s been almost 30 years since Freddie Mercury died, but his legacy lives on with the incredible music and performances he left behind. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of when Queen’s final line-up was completed with John Deacon on bass. And during a recent interview, Brian May has opened up on Freddie’s “very private side”.

Speaking with Absolute Radio, Brian said of Freddie: “On one level yes he was always a Rockstar…

“He behaved as if he was Robert Plant at the time and nobody minded because he just had that kind of aura about him but underneath it no, massive insecurities, massive shyness, it was always with him right until the end.

“He had a very private side to him Freddie and he faced up to his insecurities by building himself in the way he wanted to be.”

The 73-year-old described Freddie as “a very self-made creature” of great complexity.

Brian continued: “And if you peeled of all the layers of the onion, you’d find a lot of complexity, a lot of it which he denied, which is smart I think really.

“People would say is your music important Freddie and he would say, ‘No, no it’s just tomorrow’s Fish and Chips paper. No I don’t think my songs are worth anything.’”

However, the Queen guitarist shared that underneath that, of course, Freddie felt he had stuff to say through his lyrics.

He added: “Freddie was always expressing himself in rather daring ways, inside is this rather insecure person and on the outside was a warrior that he was building himself into.”

Brian also spoke of how he and Queen drummer Roger Taylor wanted the Bohemian Rhapsody movie to portray Freddie.

The 73-year-old said: “There’s a lot of truth in the film, we didn’t make the film.

“We were like the uncles of the film if you like, but we spent years looking at scripts and trying to figure out how we would do Freddie justice, without overblowing him and without sort of fantasying.”

Following the box office and Oscars success of Bohemian Rhapsody, could a sequel covering the last six years of Freddie’s life be in the works?

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Express.co.uk asked Roger last summer and he replied: “Right now it’s not something I’d like to see.

“I don’t think it’s particularly a good idea. Just because something’s been successful, I don’t think one should necessarily have part two.

“I think that only really worked once and that was with The Godfather! I don’t see a great story there. I think we told the really good story and I wouldn’t like to be thought of, of just putting something out to sort of cash in. So right now, no.”

Hear Brian with Leona on Saturday July 3rd from Midday on Absolute Classic Rock and the interview in full on Tuesday July 6th at 10pm. Brian will also be on the Absolute Classic Rock Party – networked on Absolute Radio and Absolute Classic Rock – Saturday July 3rd from 7pm. Find the station on absoluteradio.co.uk, your smart-speaker or in the Absolute Radio app.

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