Queen drummer Roger Taylor reveals how Freddie Mercury juggled his public and private life

The iconic band shot to fame in the seventies with some of the world’s best-loved rock songs. From We Will Rock You to Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen were – and still are – huge. And now drummer Roger Taylor has shared how Freddie Mercury and the band juggled their public and private lives.

The Queen drummer gave an interview this week with his doctor daughter Rory Taylor.

In it, the 70-year-old spoke of raising his children while being a famous rock star.

Speaking with The Sunday Times said: “In Queen we never really wanted to involve the public in our private lives.

“And I think we were quite successful in doing that, even Freddie [Mercury] in the old days.”


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Taylor added: “We didn’t want to be in the red tops — that wasn’t what we were about.

“We were about music and entertaining people, and we didn’t want any of this modern celebrity stuff, which I don’t like.

“It’s very shallow.”

Taylor’s daughter Rory features in the music video for Queen and Adam Lambert’s new charity single.

You Are The Champions was recorded by the trio remotely between London and Los Angeles.

Dr Rory Taylor was one of a number of key health workers who appear in the music video.

The single is raising money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organisation.

The Queen drummer spoke of how proud of his daughter he was in a statement.

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Taylor said: “As a father with a daughter in the front line, I am ultra-aware of the vital work they are doing daily to save us and our society.

“Their bravery and sacrifice must not be prejudiced by anything less than a one hundred per cent effort by our governments to protect them.

“They are precious to us all and they are truly our champions.”

On how the single came about, Taylor told The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show: “I was doing the little drum things and Brian was doing some little guitar things [on Instagram].”

Taylor added: “And he suggested we record a version of We Are The Champions.

“So we did that using iPhones…and then we sent it to Adam, who’s my next-door neighbour in LA actually…and he sang on it.

“You Are The Champions took off and we’re dedicating it to the frontline workers. I never thought we’d make a record on mobile phones and in three different sections, but there we are!”

Queen and Adam Lambert’s You Are The Champions is available from today across all streaming and download services.

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