The Only Rocker Freddie Mercury Had A Feud With
The ultimate frontman Freddie Mercury is often remembered for his tenure with Queen that lasted for two decades. He managed to become one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music. In addition to his extraordinary four-octave vocal range, Mercury defied the usual image of a rock frontman with his highly theatrical stage persona, which influenced the artistic direction of his band as well.
Despite his extravagant lifestyle, live performances, and one-of-a-kind personality, the frontman never got into any disputes with other celebrities. While he could come off cocky from time to time, everybody admired the singer’s in-your-face attitude that suited his radiant personality incredibly well.
However, there was one time when Freddie Mercury purposely found himself in the middle of a dispute when he made fun of one of the most controversial punk rock icons, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. While both bands were recording their albums in the same studio, the bassist started the feud by mocking Freddie, and the singer didn’t hold back his humorous side. Let’s take a closer look at that time through the Queen vocalist’s own words.
Freddie Mercury Had A Dispute With Sid Vicious
In 1977, Queen was recording their sixth studio album, ‘News of the World‘ at Wessex Sound Studios in North London, where the Sex Pistols were working on ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.’ While it wasn’t a big deal for the Queen members to work around another band, bassist Sid Vicious didn’t necessarily enjoy it.
During an old interview, lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor opened up about when they had to spend some time with the Sex Pistols members, and Sid Vicious started causing trouble as usual. According to Taylor, the bass player was an absolute ‘idiot,’ and May argued that he initiated the dispute with Freddie when he made fun of him.
Roger Taylor’s statement follows:
“We met the Sex Pistols at Wessex Sound Studios, and I thought it was fascinating. Sid came in and he was a moron you know, he was an idiot.”
According to Brian May, Sid started the whole feud:
“Sid actually spoke first, ‘You’re Freddie Mercury, aren’t you? You’re bringing ballet to the masses.”
Known for his wit and sharp tongue, Freddie Mercury immediately responded to Sid Vicious by calling him Simon Ferocious, which bothered the rocker right away. Furthermore, the singer took his jokes to another level by mocking the scratches on Vicious’s body.
As a result, the bassist got incredibly annoyed and was surprised to witness Mercury’s courage to act and talk to him like that. The mission was accomplished, and the Queen icon proved once again how savage he could be.
In his own words, Mercury humorously responded:
“I called him Simon Ferocious or something, and he didn’t like it at all. I said, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ and I said, ‘Did you make sure you scratch yourself in the mirror properly?’ He hated the fact that I could even speak like that. I think we survived that test.”
You can watch the interview below.