Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

Freddie Mercury is the reason Queen have NO contact with John Deacon | Music | Entertainment


Queen have risen triumphantly back to the top of popular culture over the past few years. The movie Bohemian Rhapsody smashed box office records and introduced new generations to the magic of Freddoe Mercury and the majesty of the band’s music. It magnified the popularity of the latest incarnation of the band fronted by Adam Lambert. But where is John Deacon. why isn’t he in the band if the are touring again? Roger Taylor said: “We don’t have any contact with John.”

Deacon still has financial involvement with the band since  Queen royalties are split four ways between the three surviving members and Freddie Mercury’s beneficiaries. Brian May confirmed they keep Deacon informed of any plans or developments but he never replies.

May and Taylor take his silence as acquiescence: “It’s his choice. He doesn’t contact us. John was quite delicate all along.”

When the film Bohemian Rhapsody came out, Taylor said: “I haven’t heard a squeak from John, not a single guttural grunt.”

But why? What happened?

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Deacon’s college friend, Robert Ahwai said; “Maybe he thought, ‘Freddie was the band, so what’s the point? He suffered from depression after Freddie died and I am not sure he has ever come out of it.'”

May told Rolling Stone magazine Deacon no longer takes any active part in the legacy of Queen or potential projects: “John doesn’t want to be (involved). He’s in his own space and we respect that.

“It’s a shame, because we would love to have him around but he doesn’t want to be in that arena anymore…he just doesn’t want to be walking those roads.”

John himself famously said: “As far as we are concerned, this is it. There is no point carrying on. It is impossible to replace Freddie.”

However, May comments make it clear that any connection with the band intensified John’s grief over losing Freddie.

While the two remaining members of the band celebrate Freddie by continuing his legacy, John has built a quiet life far away from showbusiness.

He still lives with his wife, Veronica Tetzlaff, in the same house in Putney he bought with his very first royalties from the band and where they raised their six children.



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