Roger Taylor Shares The Two Queen Songs He Would Never Sing
Roger Taylor is a name who has contributed to the success of many Queen songs with his unique drumming style since the late ’60s. The musician who persists in working to preserve his band’s legacy still continues to take his listeners to different worlds through his solo efforts.
The previous year, Taylor released his sixth album, ‘Outsider,’ and embarked on the successful Outsider UK Tour, his first one outside of Queen in over two decades. Following that, ‘The Outsider Tour Live’ album was released on September 30. The rocker recently revealed two Queen songs he never considered singing while speaking to Billboard about his most recent record.
The drummer said he wanted to feature some well-known Queen songs on the record, such as ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives,’ besides several less popular ones. He believed that his listeners would enjoy hearing some familiar songs along with some they might not have heard before.
Taylor pointed out that he would not dream of singing the notable Queen classics like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘We Are The Champions,’ considering these songs required a ‘diva-ish singer.’ He noted that he had sung ‘The Show Must Go On’ on certain occasions, but he admitted that it was still a challenging piece for him.
The Queen icon said the following:
“I have ‘Radio Ga Ga,’ ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives.’ These are songs that have been sort of hits, so people knew them. I think people like to hear songs they know — the old saying, ‘Play the hits!’ So it’s nice to have the hits to sprinkle in amongst some not-quite-so-well-known songs.
It wasn’t difficult, really. I’d never think of singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ or even ‘We Are the Champions.’ You need sort of a more diva-ish singer to put those songs across. I’ve sung ‘The Show Must Go On’ on occasion, but it’s difficult.”
You can listen to ‘The Outsider Tour Live’ below.