I found this fan's response to the Roger quote. It's good for a laugh.
Hey Roger Taylor:
The guys in Lynyrd Skynyrd went through the South in the late
sixties and early seventies as rock-n-rollers with long hair! Do you
think the sight of four effeminate limeys would scare them after facing
all the good-old-boy roadside bars and backwoods joints they played
while woodshedding? Ever heard Charlie Daniels' "Uneasy Rider"?
If you are stupidly going to refer to the members of Skynyrd as
"rednecks" because they were from the South (which, by the way Rog, is
where rock 'n' roll was born), then I am going to refer to you and your
fellow bandmates as "swishy Brits." And it's off the topic, but why has
your country continued to make such pussified rock 'n' roll for the
past quarter-century or so? Is the swishiness in your blood or what?
And yes, while Skynyrd had three guitarists, they also didn't have
to spend eight months in the studio
overdubbing/multitracking/whatevering to come up with "Workin' For MCA"
or "Saturday Night Special" - rockers which simply and straightly kick
the ass of anything you and your mates ever came up with. "Free Bird"
goes on for months? You're one to talk - how about "Bohemian Rhapsody"
and that "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" monstrosity? Fuck, at
least Skynyrd wasn't channeling a Nuremberg rally. I'll put the
original Skynyrd's output of Pronounced through Street Survivors up against anything your cute little band came up with any time.
"Bollocks" to respect for the dead? I agree. When Freddie Mercury
croaked, I did a shot and cracked a beer and broke down and cried!
Queen could never again get together to create more gems like "Bicycle
Race"! Oh no! The tragedy! No more pretentious, overblown, aristocratic
British rock! No more brilliance ala "Body Language"! Boo-hoo! What a
Finally, Roger, let's get something straight. Lynyrd Skynyrd was
one of the finest, toughest, rock 'n' roll bands ever. Queen was an
overblown, crappy pomposity of an outfit that performed show tunes
covered up with a buncha overdubbed guitars and vocals. And as I type
this, I sincerely hope that wherever they are ... Ronnie Van Zant is
busting a pool cue over Freddie Mercury's skull.
(Note: A letter-writer in the June issue of MOJO points out that
the concerts occurred in 1974 and sent a photo of a ticket stub to
prove it. Makes sense as Skynyrd was still in the bars in '71 and
Queen's first album didn't come out until '73 - sloppy fact-checking by
MOJO. The letter-writer also says at the show he attended that Skynyrd
blew people away and half the crowd left before Queen came on. He and
his pals got bored with Queen after a few numbers and also left.)