Why Freddie Mercury Was Worried About John Deacon


John Deacon contributed to Queen primarily as a bassist throughout his career with the band spanning 25 years. When he joined in 1971, he strengthened the band’s sound with his homemade electric guitar amplifier Deacy Amp, which he created using his electronics education. Besides playing bass, the rocker also initially created lyrics for the song ‘Misfire’ from the third album ‘Sheer Heart Attack.’

The bassist gradually improved his songwriting skills and contributed at least one song to each subsequent album. He composed some hit songs such as ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and ‘You’re My Best Friend.’ The rocker’s contributions to the band did not end there, as he delivered some guitar, keyboard, and piano parts for the records. His bandmate Freddie Mercury was aware of his self-improvement and was amazed by it.

Freddie Mercury Praised John Deacon’s Self-Improvement


Due to his reserved personality, John Deacon always preferred to stay away from the spotlight. He tried to be absent from the disputes between the members and talk less. However, he did not neglect to make outstanding contributions to the band. Freddie Mercury, who Deacon felt closer to himself and communicated with the most, appreciated his improvement.

During a 1976 interview with Capitol Radio, Mercury praised Deacon for his contributions to the fifth album ‘A Day at the Races.’ While talking about the album’s tracks, he revealed that ‘You and I’ was written by the bassist, pointing out how Deacon was creating excellent songs. He humorously said he worried that the band’s quietest member was improving with every album. The singer also noted that his friend had an enthusiastic spirit under his quiet-looking personality.

Freddie Mercury said the following about the song ‘You and I’:

“That’s the end of side one of ‘A Day At The Races.’ That was a track by John Deacon, his contribution to this album. His songs are good and are getting better every time. I’m getting a bit worried, actually.”

Mercury continued talking about Deacon’s quietness:

“He’s sort of quiet; lots of people think that. Don’t underestimate him; he’s got a fiery streak underneath all that. I talk so much anyway; he likes to let me do all the talking. But once people crack that thin ice, then he’s alright. You can never stop him talking then.”

Unfortunately, Freddie Mercury’s passing in 1991 deeply affected John Deacon. Losing the person he had opened up to the most hurt him enormously, and he thought no one could replace him. After contributing to the band at a few events, he decided to retire from the music scene entirely in 1997. Deacon is now living away from fame and not considering joining Queen once again.