Taylor and May had been buddies for years earlier than Queen was fashioned. At first look, the extravagant extrovert Freddie and quiet introvert John look like an unlikely pairing. But they remained very shut all through the band’s lengthy historical past from the early 1970s. Indeed, many buddies have commented how the singer took the shy bassist beneath his wing and guarded him. So, why is there no point out or document of John being round when Freddie was dying? The reply is straightforward.
Despite feedback just like the one from May that John was “delicate”, he had a quiet power. He had truly been liable for taking cost of the band’s funds in 1975 after they wanted to drop their administration and regain management of their royalties.
Freddie even as soon as mentioned: “He’s form of quiet, a number of individuals assume that, however do not underestimate him, he is bought a fiery streak beneath all that.”
John’s overpowering grief when Freddie died was evident in his withdrawal from the band over subsequent few years after which his retirement from Queen and the music enterprise altogether.
All 4 members of the band had been collectively always within the early months of 1991 in Switzerland recording Freddie’s final ever vocals for the posthumous album Made In Heaven. When Freddie’s well being pale an excessive amount of to hold on working, he returned dwelling in June 1991 and every little thing modified.
Freddie’s last months had been spent at dwelling at One Garden Lodge in West Kensington, surrounded by his nearest and dearest.
The internal circle of Mary Austin, Peter Freestone, Joe Fanelli and Jim Hutton had been with him daily.
Certain shut family and friends had been permitted to go to at prearranged instances however Freddie additionally shut out different previous buddies. Spontaneous drop-ins had been discouraged.
Brian May has described how distressing it was to look at as his pal declined and Freddie was conscious of this. Even on the finish, when individuals visited and he was ready, Freddie could be propped up holding court docket in mattress, usually gossiping, purchasing from catalogues or ordering artwork over the telephone.
Mary mentioned that if somebody a lot as welled up round him at the moment, Freddie would keep away from them afterwards.
With everybody however the core 4 individuals in his dwelling, Freddie placed on a courageous face. Elton John remembered Freddie nonetheless joking and being outrageous from his mattress.
Perhaps he knew John too properly. It is probably going that they each knew John wouldn’t have the ability to masks his feelings if he visited. It would upset each of them an excessive amount of.
Certainly after Freddie was gone, Roger Taylor mentioned John “freaked out”, May added that being across the band solely made John really feel worse and shut pal Robert Ahwai mentioned John “suffered from depression after Freddie died.”
Immediately after Freddie died, May and Taylor went on breakfast TV to sentence protection of their pal and counter standard misconceptions about his last years.
John didn’t. In truth, he has by no means spoken publicly about Freddie since and has made no public appearances or statements since 1997.
As when Freddie was alive, John stored their friendship non-public. This additionally means additionally it is fairly attainable, in fact, that John did go to in Freddie’s last days however it merely wasn’t made public.
May has described the final time he noticed Freddie and Taylor revealed he had been on his method to see Freddie when he was dying however was to late. Deacon has by no means mentioned his personal function on the finish, however no point out of any visits has been made by these round Freddie.
Either means his devotion to Freddie has by no means been doubtful.