Brian May Or Freddie Mercury? Who Was The True Leader Of Queen
Queen, one of the world’s best-selling, groundbreaking, and greatest music artists, has achieved numerous successes that other band can only imagine throughout the band’s career that spans over five decades in which they created countless chart hits such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Another One Bites The Dust,’ and ‘Killer Queen,’ monumental albums like ‘A Night At The Opera,’ ‘Queen,‘ and ‘Sheer Heart Attack‘ on top of record-breaking tours.
All of the members of the band, lead guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, former bassist John Deacon, and late frontman Freddie Mercury have become the most influential and most iconic musicians throughout music history, however, knowing the true leader of Queen has always been a matter of curiosity for the fans.
While many people have considered the iconic guitarist Brian May as the band’s leader to the member to make decisions when it comes to the innovations in the band’s sound and future, it’s an undeniable fact that the leader has always been the legendary frontman Freddie Mercury since he was the member that was always under the spotlight and drew the attention of the press along with leading the band’s musical aspect.
Freddie Mercury As Queen’s True Leader
As many of you might know, Freddie Mercury is often regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music thanks to his four-octave vocal range, extravagant stage persona, and his unique stage presence. Until his passing in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS, Mercury has worked with Queen as its lead vocalist for two decades throughout which he managed to become an icon in rock music.
While Queen has changed throughout the years when it comes to the band’s sound and style in its music since they started out as a metal band in their early years within the first three albums, ‘Queen,’ ‘Queen II,’ and ‘Sheer Heart Attack.’ However, as the band started to evolve stylistically their music also diverts into genres like in ‘A Night at the Opera’ including a wide range of styles, such as ballads, music hall, Dixieland, hard rock, and progressive rock influences.
Throughout experimenting with different styles and genres, the decision-making mechanism and the leading force within the band has mostly been Freddie Mercury since his own style in music has always affected the artistic direction of Queen.
The influence of the legendary frontman onto Queen and his bandmates was demonstrated in the 2018 movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which was a major box office success, grossing over $905 million worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2018 worldwide. Despite there were some historical inaccuracies in the film, the demonstration of Freddie Mercury’s dominance in shaping the band’s musical style was quite accurate.
Brian May As Queen’s Second Man
Queen’s icon, co-founder, and lead guitarist Brian May has been with the band from its formation to this day for five decades, creating countless iconic guitar solos, timeless stage moments with the audience, and contributing the band’s legendary music that has been ever-growing and evolving.
While Freddie Mercury is often regarded as the leader of the band according to a great majority of their fans, there are also a number of people who think Brian May is the main contributor of the musical ideas for songs, the main composer, and the main concept maker.
Furthermore, those fans point out the fact that the iconic guitarist was the member to talk about the future plans and projects of the band during most interviews rather than Mercury which is evidence that he, indeed, is the leader of the band when it comes to shaping the musical sense.
However, these statements on their own are quite weak in order to name a member the leader of the band, and it’s questionable if it was Brian May who actually contributed most to the musical aspect of Queen since there are strong opinions that it was bassist John Deacon who also left the back after Mercury’s passing.
John Deacon Was The Secret Weapon Of Queen
The band’s bass guitarist John Deacon has always been the member who hid in the shadows and been the shy member who had the courage to keep going from one of his band members, frontman Freddie Mercury. After the passing of his best friend, Deacon refused to perform with Queen and now lives as a semi-retired musician.
However, his shy personality was not a problem since the iconic bassist had every skill under his sleeve during his time with Queen as he composed several songs for the band including monumental hits such as ‘You’re My Best Friend,’ ‘Another One Bites the Dust,’ and ‘I Want to Break Free.’
The ‘quiet’ member of Queen also wrote at least one song per album, several of which became hits, starting from the band’s third studio album, ‘Sheer Heart Attack.’ In addition to playing the bass guitar, Deacon also contributed to the band with his guitar, keyboards, and piano playing on Queen’s studio work.