Togg wrote: They were extremely close, you only have to read some of the things they both said in later years, however, neither of them ever like discussing the private side of their lives, Freddie was simply too close to discuss in public. Well done them I say.
Thanks for the information - good to know. I hope I didn't give offense by my question - I actually don't know anything about the band's personal dynamics. I'm a little out of touch with all things Queen.
About 3 weeks ago I caught a reference to Freddie's birthday in a blog I occasionally read and thought "Oh, Queen - I used to like them (in the hey-day of FM album radio in the U.S). I wonder if there's anything on youtube for them?" - and there you go.
Before this, the last time I listened to a Queen album straight through was probably when ADATR was released on vinyl, when I was a college freshman. All I can say is - wow - their music sure holds up. I remember, of course, when Freddie died, but I also lost someone I worked closely with to AIDS about the same time - so compounding memories make them all a little more poignant.
As I said, I'm happy to know that what I've seen is Brian and Roger being discrete, reserved good friends rather than what you sometimes hear in other situations (i.e. where the person abides by don't speak ill but you know there is no love lost either).
If you have links to the later articles or interviews that you spoke of, I'd be interested to read them, now that I know of them.