Freddie Mercury like a 'bleating sheep'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 September 2013

This article is from 2013.

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury sounded like a "bleating sheep" when he first started singing, and his Queen bandmates weren't sure he should front the band

Freddie Mercury sounded like a "bleating sheep" when he first started singing.

Roger Taylor - who drummed in Queen alongside the late vocalist - admits he and guitarist Brian May had reservations about allowing the flamboyant star to join their band Smile, a nascent version of Queen, because his vocal abilities were limited.

Describing Freddie's singing, he said: "Like a sheep. Like a powerful bleating sheep. Not great. But he was a product of his own enormous energy, a tribute to the idea that if you believe in something hard enough you can make it happen. Freddie was besotted with Hendrix, and wanted to be a similar kind of figure. He believed in himself and he believed in us."

However, the 'Another One Bites the Dust' singer grew into "perfect frontman" as the band developed and had a unique way of interacting with his audience.

Brian added: "As well as being the perfect frontman, he was the perfect catalyst to channel the band to the audience."

Queen & Adam Lambert

Having completed their sold out world tour the critically acclaimed partnership of Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and new vocalist Adam Lambert (American Idol/Glee) embark on a series of European dates.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Thu 30 Nov

£79 / 0871 945 6000

Sat 16 Dec

£79 / 0871 945 6000

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Wed 6 Dec

£900 / 0844 248 1585

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Tue 28 Nov

£79 / 0844 800 0400

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