Brian May On Freddie Mercury: ‘He Behaved As If He Was Robert Plant And Nobody Minded’

Queen lead guitarist Brian May opened up about his late bandmate Freddie Mercury during a recent interview with Absolute Radio and stated that Mercury had a rather shy persona with massive insecurities underneath his image that was similar to Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

As many of you know, every rock and roll band member once tried to pursue an image that was often linked to having an extravagant lifestyle without worries and filled with drugs, alcohol, and lots of partying. There was something about that image that made it appealing to the fans most likely because of its rebellious yet chill feeling.

While there are countless frontmen in rock and metal music history that represented this image perfectly with their on-stage attitude as well as their statements during interviews that pretty much said they are too cool for caring and worrying about anything other than their music, one of the first names that come to music fans’ mind must be Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant who developed a compelling image as the charismatic rock-and-roll frontman.

During a recent interview, Brian May has looked back on Freddie Mercury’s little-known side, revealing that the lead singer actually had great insecurities as well as shyness on the contrary to his public persona that represented an extreme personality. According to May, Mercury acted like Robert Plant when it comes to her personal behaviors since he wanted to hide his private side from the world.

While revealing that Queen frontman was just like an onion, with a lot of layers to be discovered in his personal life, he often reflected himself as somebody who didn’t care while oftentimes he actually had a lot to say, however, preferred the most daring way while expressing himself. Thanks to May, now fans could see a little sneak peek into the late vocalist’s inner world which was filled with insecurities and fears just like any of us.

According to Dailymail, Brian May said:

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. He’s a very self-made creature is Freddie. And if you peeled off 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 fish n chips paper, no I don’t think my songs are worth anything but underneath that yes, of course, he felt he had the stuff to say. 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.”

Until his passing on the evening of November 24, 1991, at the age of 45 due to bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS, Freddie Mercury has worked with Queen as its legendary lead vocalist for a little more than two decades and earned the title as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music. Since it’s Brian May who has the most information about his late bandmate, it’s always incredibly precious to hear his statements about Mercury during interviews such as this.