Freddie Mercury’s “very private side” and how he dealt with his fears, according to Brian May
BRIAN MAY has opened up about Freddie Mercury’s “very private side” and how the Queen singer would deal with his fears.
Freddie Mercury died almost 30 years ago, but his legacy lives on via the magnificent music and performances he left behind. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Queen’s final line-up, which included bassist John Deacon. Brian May recently spoke about Freddie’s “very private side” in an interview.
“On one level, sure, he was always a Rockstar,” Brian remarked of Freddie in an interview with Absolute Radio.
“At the time, he acted as if he were Robert Plant, and no one seemed to mind because he simply had that kind of air about him, but underlying it all, he had tremendous insecurities and shyness, and it was always with him right up to the end.
“Freddie, he had a very private side to him, and he handled his fears by constructing himself in the way he desired.”
Freddie was characterized by the 73-year-old as a “highly self-made creature” with a great deal of depth.
“And if you peeled away all the layers of the onion, you’d find a lot of complexity, a lot of it that he denied, which I believe is smart.” Brian said.
“People would ask Freddie if his music was important, and he’d reply, ‘No, no, it’s just tomorrow’s Fish and Chips paper.’ No, I don’t believe my songs are valuable.’
However, the Queen guitarist revealed that, behind it all, Freddie felt compelled to express himself through his lyrics.
“Freddie was always expressing himself in quite risky ways; on the inside is this rather insecure person, and on the outside is a warrior that he was growing himself into,” he continued.
Brian also discussed how he and Queen drummer Roger Taylor wanted Freddie Mercury to be depicted in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.
“There’s a lot of truth in the film, but we didn’t make the film,” the 73-year-old added.
“We were sort of like the film’s uncles, if you will, but we spent years looking at scripts and trying to figure out how we could give Freddie justice without overblowing him or fantasizing.”
Could a sequel chronicling the final six years of Freddie Mercury’s life be in the works after the box office and Oscar success of Bohemian Rhapsody?
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