Roger Taylor Reveals The Secret Of Queen’s Longevity Even Losing Freddie Mercury
During a recent interview with Louder Sound, Queen’s iconic drummer Roger Taylor talked about how they felt while celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their legendary band and recalled considering disbanding Queen after Freddie’s passing.
As you know, Queen is one of the bands that contributed immensely to rock culture, history, and music. It was formed in 1970 and the name Queen was suggested by Freddie Mercury himself who had said ‘it’s wonderful, dear, people will love it.’ The band achieved mainstream success after the release of ‘Killer Queen‘ in 1974 which reached No. 2 on the British charts and became the band’s first US hit, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard 100.
Queen’s success and popularity increased with each album and tour and they were soon considered to be one of the biggest bands all around the world, which lasted until the band’s iconic frontman Freddie Mercury’s death. Following Mercury’s passing on November 24, 1991, the band members considered disbanding but eventually, John Deacon was the only member to quit Queen. In his recent interview, Roger Taylor said that he and Brian May were also planning to quit but ‘then events conspired to keep everything going‘ and every time they thought that the band was done, something else came along.
He said that he finds it ‘ridiculous’ that the band celebrated its fiftieth anniversary just last year but went on to say that he’s not surprised as Queen constantly accomplishes something new. For instance, Taylor was recently informed that the ‘I Want To Break Free‘ video reached its five-hundred-millionth view on YouTube, which shows that their devoted fan base is not ready to let Queen go.
Here’s what Roger Taylor said during the interview when asked if he can believe Queen has been active for 50 years:
“Ridiculous, isn’t it? After we lost Freddie, Brian and I both thought: ‘Well, that’s that.’ And then events conspired to keep everything going. Every time we think the band is done, that’s that and it was wonderful, something else comes along. It’s not a conscious effort.
Somebody told me the other day that the ‘I Want To Break Free‘ video just got its five-hundred-millionth view on YouTube. And that’s not even one of the biggest ones.”
Click here for the source and you can listen to ‘I Want To Break Free‘ below in case you want to increase the number of views.