The Time Freddie Mercury Compared Himself To John Lennon
Rock music fans always admire whenever they see an iconic musician sharing his humble opinion on another successful artist without seeing any signs of ego. While this isn’t the case with many singers as they are often considered to compete to beat each other, late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was a down-to-earth person apart from his extravagant stage persona.
It takes a lot of courage for a widely recognized musician to admit their lack of talent compared to another singer. However, that’s what Mercury did when he opened up about the late John Lennon once. Mercury didn’t only say he isn’t equipped enough to do what Lennon did but said nobody should be as he’s the greatest.
Freddie Mercury Admired John Lennon
Freddie Mercury revealed his admiration for John Lennon by saying he’s one of few people who have enough power to influence and enough intellect to do it well. In addition to this, the Queen singer praised John Lennon on numerous occasions by simply saying he’s the greatest.
Due to his massive appreciation for the Beatle, Mercury wanted to pay homage to the Beatles following his tragic murder on December 8, 1980, at 40. Apart from his band performing the musician’s legendary song ‘Imagine’ on tour, the frontman wrote a song named ‘Life Is Real (Song For Lennon),’ which was dedicated to Lennon.
The track was released with the band’s tenth studio album, ‘Hot Space,’ on May 21, 1982. The entire sound of the track was based on Lennon’s styles and resembled his music. Mercury’s lyrics demonstrate his realization that John was gone, and fans must have felt the special connection between the two musicians as the official lyrics video on Youtube had over one million views today.
Freddie Mercury Reflected On John Lennon
During an interview after John Lennon’s passing, Freddie Mercury was asked about his previous statements about the late musician. Initially, the Queen frontman said that he wouldn’t consider himself in the same league as Lennon and then stated that he was simply the greatest.
The rocker continued his words by saying that he never said that he wasn’t as talented as John Lennon since it’s not a matter of having more talent than one another. Mercury explained his opinions by saying that some people have better aspects than others about particular things.
Regardless of his statement, Mercury didn’t forget to mention that he’s not qualified enough to do what John Lennon had done. Nobody is because Lennon was a unique musician whom Mercury admired dearly. With that being said, the Queen frontman stressed his attitude towards his admiration and stated that it ends where his concerns about his artistry start.
Mercury’s statement about Lennon follows:
“I would never want to put myself with any kind of parallel with John Lennon at all because he was just the greatest as far as I was concerned. You know, there’s no way. At the same time, I didn’t exactly say that I didn’t have… It’s not a matter of less talent or more talent. It’s just that certain people are capable of doing certain things better than somebody else.
I just feel that I’m not equipped to do certain things that John Lennon did. I don’t think anybody should because John Lennon was just unique and that’s the way it is. I just admire John Lennon very much, that’s as far as I want to go. I just want to then think about myself and put myself across in the way I want to think. In terms of peace messages, I’m not it, so I don’t want to do it.”
You can watch the interview down below.