The Only Time Freddie Mercury Got Bored Of Queen
Although Freddie Mercury is often mentioned for his work with Queen, the singer also had a solo career during which he put out two solo albums and several singles. While his solo work was not as commercially successful as most Queen albums, his records and several singles managed to debut in the top 10 of the UK Music Charts.
By the time Mercury released his debut solo album entitled ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ in 1985, he had already put out 11 studio records with Queen, which made his first solo a brand new experience for him in many ways. Lucky for his fans, the frontman revealed these new aspects of working as a solo musician during an interview and made a confession.
Freddie Mercury Compared Queen And His Solo Work
During a 1984 interview with Mary Turner, Freddie Mercury was asked about his opinion on recording in the studio. Apparently, the musician liked being in the studio as long as it didn’t take much of his time which wasn’t the case with Queen.
The band members took their time to record most of Queen’s albums, and most took many months to record. For instance, their fourth studio album, ‘A Night at the Opera,’ was completed in five months, and their tenth studio album, named ‘Hot Spaces,’ took ten months to finish.
As for Mercury’s own records, his first album’s recording process actually took longer as he started working on ‘Mr. Bad Guy‘ in early 1983 and was done around January 1985. For his second album, ‘Barcelona,’ the Queen frontman worked through January 1987 and June 1988.
Before releasing any of his solo albums, Freddie Mercury talked about the perks of working alone without his bandmates during an interview. According to him, being in the studio for the recording process could take very long with Queen, which was quite boring for the singer.
The musician who wasn’t aware of the time that would be required to complete his future albums said that he’d be the one to blame with his own work while with Queen’s albums, it was the entire band’s fault when an album took too long to record.
Mercury’s statement about Queen follows:
“It goes in phases. I like the studio work as long as it doesn’t take too long, and most Queen albums take a hell of a long time, and I get really bored. Now that my solo project’s coming up, I know I’m the one to blame if it takes long or whatever. I’m setting my own deadlines and things like that.
So it’s going to be fun. I’m not going to have the others to sort of… You know sometimes we can bog each other down if things aren’t finished you go, ‘Oh my God.’ This time it’s just going to be me, so I’m going to be able to actually, for the first time sett my own principles, do my own deadline, and work with that. Maybe it’s harder than I think.”
You can listen to the entire interview below.