It seems like every music fan on the planet has seen Bohemian Rhapsody. The Queen biopic has taken well over $900million at the global box office and then smashed records when it was released on DVD and Blu-ray. So how could one of the actual members of the band not seen it? Taylor opened up about their estrangement from Deacon in a major new interview alongside Brian May.
Taylor previously admitted he hadn’t spoken to his bandmate for “over a decade… I haven’t heard a squeak from John, not a single guttural grunt.”
May and Taylor still keep Deacon informed about all financial concerns related to the band and he was also sent the early scripts for the film for approval but that was as far as his involvement went.
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.”
The reclusive legend is rarely seen in public and took no part in any of the promotions or celebration of the film.
In a new interview with Mojo, Taylor was asked if Deacon had even seen the film: “No idea. We don’t have any contact with John. I wonder if one of his kids might have been to see it. Who knows?
“Joe (Mazello) who played John nailed his mannerisms but made him slightly too posh. Deacy was from Leicester and had a bit of a Northern accent. But all of them were amazing. They must have watched hours of footage of us all.
The band members and friends of Deacon has spoken about his retirement from the public eye and music industry, but Deacon himself has never publicly commented on the matter after he quit the band in 1988.
All agree that Freddie’s death hit the shy and quiet star particularly hard.
In a recent documentary, Taylor added: “After Freddie died, it took me a year to even start to want to think about doing things. I just thought ‘Settle down and try and live with the present and see how you feel” John freaked out and decided he really couldn’t deal with being in the music business anymore, It was an odd period. Really the band was over.”
And yet, Queen has risen anew, flying high on the success of the movie and the revival of major concerts with new frontman Adam Lambert.
As for John Deacon, he lives quietly in Putney, London, in the same house he bought with his first major royalties from Queen.