Roger Taylor Says ‘Freddie Would Never Forgive Me’ As He Talks About His Attitude Toward Politics
Roger Taylor recently gave an interview to Music Radar and talked about his songwriting process in Queen. He stated that if he hadn’t stayed away from politics, Freddie would have never forgiven him.
The band’s legendary drummer released six solo albums, the first one being in 1981 and the most recent one, ‘Outsider,’ in 2021. He wasn’t only Queen’s drummer, as he also contributed to the band’s success with his vocals and songwriting skills. He wrote a few of Queen’s hit songs such as ‘Radio Ga Ga,’ ‘Innuendo,’ and ‘Breakthrough.’
In a recent interview, the drummer stated that Freddie didn’t want to participate in any political speeches. His only desire was for people to have fun and nothing else. According to Freddie, the band wasn’t there to preach or teach people. They were there to let them have fun. Therefore, when Taylor wrote songs, he tried his best to stay away from politics.
Here is how he explained Freddie’s opinion on political songs:
“Right at the start – and you’ve got to remember that there was a lot of hardcore political stuff going on in the ’70s – Freddie said, ‘Look, I don’t want to get involved in all that. I want to go round the world playing songs that people can enjoy. I’m not there to deliver a message.’ I still think that’s a pretty good way to look at it. I don’t want to get too preachy.”
Taylor did release a song called ‘Gangsters are Running the World’ in 2019, and the song is about Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. It seems like Roger Taylor couldn’t stay far from politics for any longer than that.
Here is what he said about ‘Gangsters are Running the World’:
“Haha! Yes, it is. But I hope I’ve been able to stay on the right side of the fine line between rock music and politics. I hope I never get to the point where I’m poncing around on stage, pontificating about what’s wrong with the world. Freddie would never forgive me.”
He explained his approach to the matter by stating that although it’s political, the main aim is not to give a lesson on stage or run around and talk about politics. It is still created for fun, and it will always be like that because Freddie would ‘never forgive’ him.