John Deacon’s Confession About Freddie Mercury And Brian May’s Role In Queen

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When someone says ‘Queen,’ people generally imagine two things; the first is Queen Elizabeth II, and the other is the legendary rock band Queen that has left a mark in rock history. Queen’s lineup brought together talented musicians, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon, and drummer Roger Taylor, whose different styles created a homogenous and original sound.

This iconic lineup created, recorded, and performed some of the world’s most successful rock songs. Even though every band member had their unique and unforgettable story about how they met one another and joined Queen, their bassist John Deacon’s version was very interesting. So, let’s learn more about why he was chosen to be part of the band.

Why Did Freddie Mercury And Brian May Choose John Deacon?

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Before Queen members hired John Deacon as their new bassist, they jammed with several other bass players to weigh their options. One of them was Roger Taylor’s friend Mike Grose who only performed with Queen for a couple of live shows in 1970; then, he wanted to leave. Barry Mitchell replaced Grose, but suffered the same destiny, and another bassist that couldn’t stay in the band was Doug Bogie.

In his conversation with Music Radar in early 2022, Deacon emphasized that Brian May and Freddie Mercury tried to work with various artists through the years. According to the bassist, the main reason behind their short-lived careers in the band was personal and creative differences.

John Deacon said he never intended to steal the show from the guitarist and vocalist but simply wanted to be a band member. While everyone was talking about Mercury and May, whose styles and musical talent was impossible to copy, Deacon stayed out of the spotlight so as not to upstage them. Still, there’s no doubt that fans and critics always appreciated his performance and hard work.

Here’s what Deacon said:

“They tried several others before me, but their personalities seemed to clash, but I wasn’t likely to upstage Brian or Freddie.”

After Queen completed its lineup, the band focused on their first record. The self-titled debut studio album was released on July 13, 1973, and its songs ‘Keep Yourself Alive,’ ‘Doing All Right,’ ‘Great King Rat,’ and ‘My Fairy King’ achieved critical acclaim. Along with his bandmates, Deacon proved to be an exceptional musician.