Queen’s Brian May Calls Freddie Mercury ‘Unpredictable’ But ‘Wonderful To Work With’

Queen co-founder and guitarist Brian May calls the band’s frontman Freddie Mercury a “very unpredictable guy,” but “wonderful to work with.”

During an interview with TalkRADIO‘s “Kevin O’Sullivan Show,” May was asked what it was like to stand next to Mercury on stage.

“Challenging and always entertaining,” May replied. “He was a very unpredictable guy, but wonderful to work with. He had a great spatial awareness, and that’s something very important. If you’re working with people on a stage, you need to have musical contact, but you also need the kind of physical chemistry going on — the awareness of where you are and where you’re aiming your energy. Freddie was wonderful for that, and we just clicked from the very beginning.”

“From the days when he was very much a training singer … he had all the presentation, he had that connection, and it was his amazing kind of skill that he managed to bring himself up to the point where he was using his talent to the best end. He really did work on himself. He was an incredible self-made man,” he added.

According to May, Queen’s highlight performance with Mercury was at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

“You’d have to say Live Aid,” May said. “And it was so strange kind of reliving it for the [Bohemian Rhapsody] movie recently.
They recreated it so incredibly faithfully, and to be there on that set was really spine chilling; it brought it all back.”

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