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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 03:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Following the recent 2 part BBC documentary Queen - Days of Our Lives, many fans felt disappointed by the lack of input from bassist John Deacon. Since the death of frontman Freddie Mercury in 1991, Deacon has appeared in public on only a handful of occasions and following remarks made by both Brian May and Roger Taylor in the documentary, it would appear that Deacon's involvement in the band's last studio album 'Made in Heaven' was limited to say the least.
It's a well known fact that the increasingly reclusive John Deacon rarely gives interviews these days but on this the 40th anniversary of the band's formation, I wanted to give him the opportunity to put his side of the story across.

Unfortuneatly, following a slight misunderstanding a few years back, I am prohibited from being within 300 yards of his house or children's schools but the terms of the restraining order do not forbid me by contacting John by telephone. After obtaining his number from directory enquiries I conducted a series of telephone interviews with John Deacon and discovered two very important factors. The first of which was that the John Deacon I was speaking to was not the same John Deacon who played bass in Queen. Secondly I discovered that if I continued to telephone Mr Deacon in the early hours of the morning, British Telecom was going to have me cut off and criminal charges would be forthcoming.

Undeterred by reality I have decided to fabricate a series of interviews with John. The transcripts of these interviews will be posted until such time as I become bored with the whole thing or something better comes along.

In the coming weeks I'll be asking John about his contribution to the band's final album (because I've nearly finished that one), the legendary Live Aid performance, the Sun City fuck up and hopefully a really dirty one about that stripper. In the meantime this interview covers John's feelings concerning the death of Freddie Mercury. I hope you enjoy it but above all I hope you realise that it's all made up.

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 03:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fatty: When did you begin to suspect that Freddie might be seriously ill?

John: I think it must have been some time around 1994.

Fatty: 1994?

John: Maybe even as late as 1995.

Fatty: But by 1994 Freddie had already been dead for three years.

John: Yeah, that came as quite a shock to me.

Fatty: Were you even aware that he had AIDS.

John: I do remember thinking that he had lost a lot of weight and I mentioned that to the other guys on a number of occasions. In fact, I remember during a break from recording in the studio Freddie gathered Roger, Brian and myself in the mixing room and said something along the lines of "Look. You guys know what I'm dealing with. I don't want to speak about it after this day. I just want to get on with recording material." or something like that.

Fatty: And you knew he meant that he had AIDS?

John: Oh God, no. I thought he was on the Atkins diet and he didn't want us mentioning his terrible bad breath.

Fatty: So when Freddie died the following November, didn't anyone get in touch with you to break the bad news.

John: I was on holiday when he died and when I got back I think I must have wiped the message from my answering machine by mistake.

Fatty: But you went to his funeral. I've seen footage of you at his funeral.

John: Yes, but at the time I had no idea it was Freddie's funeral. What happened was this. Jim Beach telephoned me one day to say he was sending a car to pick me up for the funeral. I suppose I could have asked who's funeral I was supposed to be attending but it just didn't seem right at the time. Besides, I'd figure it out eventually, wouldn't I?

Fatty: I would have thought so.

John: But then it turned out that the entire ceremony was conducted in some foreign language. I had no idea who or what they were talking about and by the time the service was over I couldn't exactly walk up to someone and say "So who was the stiff in the box anyway?" I'd look a right tit.

Fatty: But then in April of 92 you performed at Freddie's tribute concert. You must have realised that Freddie had died by then.

John: I had no idea. I thought we were performing a special one-off gig to promote the Greatest Hits 2 album.

Fatty: Without Freddie?

John: Look. What you have to realise is that during a gig, I'm stood at the back with my head down, concentrating on what I'm supposed to be doing. Every so often I would look up to see what Freddie was up to and to be fair, on that particular occasion. I do remember thinking he had changed his outfit more often than normal.

Fatty: So what you're saying is that you were under the impression that all those artists performing were in fact Freddie wearing a number of different outfits.

John: Exactly. In fact it wasn't until he blacked up to sing 'Who Wants to Live Forever' that I thought he was taking things a bit too far.

Fatty: And what about the Bejart ballet where you performed with Elton John? Did you think that was Freddie too.

John: I did, yes. In fact I can even remember thinking that Freddie was off the Atkins diet because he had piled the weight back on again.

Fatty: So who was it who eventually broke the news to you that Freddie had died?

John: It was Mary.

Fatty: Mary Austin?

John: Yes. Freddie had borrowed my lawnmower a few years earlier and my garden was in a bit of a state so I drove round to Freddie's to ask for it back. Mary invited me in and we sat down with a cuppa and chatted for a while but it was getting late so I asked if Freddie was around as I need to get my lawnmower back. Next thing I know Mary's in floods of tears. I remember thinking "Jesus Christ, it's only a lawnmower".

Fatty: Then she told you that Freddie had died.

John: Not exactly. She said that Freddie had gone.

Fatty: Oh Jesus. You asked when he'd be back, didn't you?

John: Well how the fuck was I supposed to know? Anyway. There were more tears and after another hour and a half of completely innocent misunderstandings, Mary held me gently by the throat and said "WHY CAN'T YOU GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK FUCKING SKULL! HE'S DEAD."

Fatty: That must have come as a great shock.

John: You better believe it.

Fatty: So now that you were aware that Freddie was no longer around what were your immediate thoughts.

John: Well I knew that Peter Frampton lived near by and he had a garden strimmer that belonged to me so at east I'd be able to make a start on the borders.

Fatty: No, I mean with regards to the future of the band.

John: Oh yes, of course. Well I'm in the process of putting together a tribute concert of my own. So far I've been in touch with Marc Bolan, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and John Lennon but I'm still waiting to hear back from them.

Fatty: What about Michael Jackson?

John: Ooh! That's a good idea. Do you have his number?

Fatty: I'll text it to you.

John: Great

Fatty: Well that's all I have time for tonight. Until next time, thank you John.

John: A pleasure as always fatty.

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 04:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Awesome :D

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 04:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Haha, that made me laugh :)


John: "It's the one thing I wish I could do - sing."

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 08:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It reminded me of the good old days. I also remember when you had that brief misunderstanding with him.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 12:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

what a pile of crap

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 13:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That was brilliant.

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 14:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

DanQueen2008 wrote: what a pile of crap
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You joking?  This is comedy gold.


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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 14:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thank you - that was brilliant! The Mary Austen bit was the funniest thing I've read in ages.

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 14:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fuck me — that's funny!

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 14:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"You joking?  This is comedy gold"

Please, for the love of god don't encourage him.

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 15:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yee canny throw pieces oot a 20 storey flat :).... that was comedy gold wtf it was imho pure pathetic, sorry but call a shite a shite :)


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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 16:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

scollins wrote: yee canny throw pieces oot a 20 storey flat :).... that was comedy gold wtf it was imho pure pathetic, sorry but call a shite a shite :) =============================================================================================

You only come on QZ when you want to tell someone they're shit lol.  And to put "pure" in front of another adjective makes you sound like a ned up the back of a bus :)

Fatty is feckin hilarious


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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 17:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Classic!

Keep 'em coming Fatty..

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 18:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

DanQueen2008 wrote: what a pile of crap

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 18:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

DanQueen2008 wrote: what a pile of crap

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 20:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"John: Yes. Freddie had borrowed my lawnmower a few years earlier and my garden was in a bit of a state so I drove round to Freddie's to ask for it back. Mary invited me in and we sat down with a cuppa and chatted for a while but it was getting late so I asked if Freddie was around as I need to get my lawnmower back. Next thing I know Mary's in floods of tears. I remember thinking "Jesus Christ, it's only a lawnmower"."

The last part is hilarious haha

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 20:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fantastic investigative reporting.   Poor John is clearly embarrassed, but in truth I think it was at least 1998 before he was in the loop, lawnmower or no.  Observe the marked confusion here:

 

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 20:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A little context: in case you people missed it the first time, or don't remember, or whatever, I seem to remember Fatty's last interview with John going like this:

Fatty: Hi John, thank you for agreeing to see me on such short notice.

John: Who the bloody hell are you and how did you get in here?

Fatty: Through the bathroom window.

John: I'm phoning the police.

At that point Fatty made his excuses and left. That's, I reckon, why he was unable to get in touch with him this time.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 22:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote: A little context: in case you people missed it the first time, or don't remember, or whatever, I seem to remember Fatty's last interview with John going like this:

Fatty: Hi John, thank you for agreeing to see me on such short notice.

John: Who the bloody hell are you and how did you get in here?

Fatty: Through the bathroom window.

John: I'm phoning the police.

At that point Fatty made his excuses and left. That's, I reckon, why he was unable to get in touch with him this time.


If he can climb in thro' the bathroom window, he would not be fat and be called fatty  :-)