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Posted: 10 Sep 04, 23:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hello all. As a new member to the queenzone, I'd like to say hi to you all and at the same time ask a question regarding John Deacon. Everytime theres an interview with the serviving members of the Queen on TV or on a dvd special feature, it's Roger Taylor and Brian May that's on, never JD. Why is that? is he not in good terms with the others or what is the reason behind it? I hope you guys could help me out, because I dare not say i'm the greatest Queen fan but I do love them very much with all my heart. Thanks!


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Posted: 10 Sep 04, 23:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John would just rather stay out of the public eye. He's essentially retired.


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Posted: 10 Sep 04, 23:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not much, what's up with you?

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Posted: 11 Sep 04, 15:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He's doing a Ringo. He's not a singer so he couldnt do a solo album could he? But he should come out and do some interviews. We miss you John. I wouldnt mind hearing what he thinks of some things (The Musical for one). But I guess he has made his choice. JOHN STILL RULES THOUGH!!!!!!


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Posted: 12 Sep 04, 05:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Drs. DAJA wrote:

Well to be quit honest this is now the official number one newbie question, the first thing he asks immediatly is what there is with Deacon.

No, sorry, Drs. DAJA, the official number one newbie question is: "Is it true BoRhap is about AIDS?"

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After the Freddie Mercury tribute concert John retired, he took time for his 6 children and his wife.

Another opinion I'll have to disagree with. John worked on No One But You and that was in '97. And he also gave a little bit of help to Brian and Roger on their first solo albums (on some tracks, I don't remember exactly which ones). And yes, he played bass on TSMGO in 1997. Since this was under the name of Queen, it means he hadn't retired yet. He also gave an interview (around '95) for VH1's Legends Queen. Besides that, he never retired in an official way. The truth is we don't know what's up with John right now. We can only guee, that's it...

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Posted: 12 Sep 04, 15:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John will turn up somewhere... eventually.


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Posted: 12 Sep 04, 15:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Apparently, John wrote Brian and Roger a letter in 1997 saying that he didn't feel like working as Queen anymore, but that he was ok with them using the name and that he'd support anything they did.

Before that, John worked on Made In Heaven from 1993-1995. In 1996 he did some remixing (one track which we know of is There Must Be More To Life Than This, which probably was meant to be on the FM boxset, which at that point was already announced if I'm not mistaken). In 1997 he worked with B+R on No-One But You and he also did some session work with the SAS Band for their 'That's The Way God Planned It' cover.

After that he basically retired. I doubt we'll ever see a follow-up to his 'Man From The Shadows' debut. There are rumours however, that John IS in fact working on a new solo-album, to be released next spring....

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Posted: 12 Sep 04, 16:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lord Blackadder wrote:

He's doing a Ringo. He's not a singer so he couldnt do a solo album could he? But he should come out and do some interviews. We miss you John. I wouldnt mind hearing what he thinks of some things (The Musical for one). But I guess he has made his choice. JOHN STILL RULES THOUGH!!!!!!


You mean the Ringo who had some big hits after some famous band quit, and didn't stop for years after that (as a singer that is, of course)?

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Posted: 12 Sep 04, 17:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Obviously, Ringo's dozen and a half solo albums or so don't count. Neither does 'It Don't Come Easy', 'Back Off Boogaloo', or 'Photograph'.

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Posted: 12 Sep 04, 17:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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But because this is your first time and you started kindly I won't piss you off.


Not a very nice welcome to a new person on this board I think.

John Deacon also was in the audience during the World Premiere of the WWRY musical in London, on May 14th 2002.
Meaning that he shortly stepped out of the shadow for one night. He did bring his shadow along though, because he almost came and went unnoticed for the public.


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Posted: 12 Sep 04, 18:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rien wrote:

Drs. DAJA wrote:

But because this is your first time and you started kindly I won't piss you off.


Not a very nice welcome to a new person on this board I think.


Really -- we're not being terrific. So hi, and thanks for asking a relatively good question. :)

John Deacon also was in the audience during the World Premiere of the WWRY musical in London, on May 14th 2002.
Meaning that he shortly stepped out of the shadow for one night. He did bring his shadow along though, because he almost came and went unnoticed for the public.


It amazes me how he can easily come and go unseen. The shadow thing is terrific. I need one of those ...


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Posted: 12 Sep 04, 18:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John Deacon deserves a statue for letting the queen songs in their value

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Posted: 13 Sep 04, 04:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

is that what he does? He is said to have given Brian and Roger a free hand in doing with the Queen-repertoire whatever they want, so it seems to me that he agrees to the covers, the musical and the rest.

And since it's their repertoire, they have every right to do so.

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Posted: 13 Sep 04, 07:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The truth is that nobody knows anything about John Deacon's motives, opinion, life or anything else. It's all speculation.


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Posted: 13 Sep 04, 08:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Pim Derks wrote:

There are rumours however, that John IS in fact working on a new solo-album, to be released next spring....

I guess this will be during the brakes in the upcoming Queen tour for the new album, right? :) ooooh I'd love it...


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Posted: 13 Sep 04, 09:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've read somewhere on the Internet that John disagreed with Bri & Rog recording WATC with Robbie Williams. I don't know if it's true. Is it?


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Posted: 13 Sep 04, 10:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"John Deacon deserves a statue for letting the queen songs in their value"

It's so funny how a person suddenly gets a respect for doing nothing.

Let's fully respect John's decision to retire in 1992 but please, don't come with this "hero" bullshit again and again. He hasn't retired "to keep Queen legacy" or anything like that. He has retired and left the music world just to have a rest.

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Posted: 13 Sep 04, 12:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gee - I'd like to be able to retire when I'm in my early 50's and not have to worry about $$$ either! Good for you JD!

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Posted: 13 Sep 04, 13:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Early 40's :)

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Posted: 13 Sep 04, 20:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr. Scully wrote:

"John Deacon deserves a statue for letting the queen songs in their value"

It's so funny how a person suddenly gets a respect for doing nothing.

Let's fully respect John's decision to retire in 1992 but please, don't come with this "hero" bullshit again and again. He hasn't retired "to keep Queen legacy" or anything like that. He has retired and left the music world just to have a rest.


I agree with you!