News > Queen drummer backs Elton's Madonna jibe

Added on 08-Oct-2004

17:52 AEST Fri Oct 8 2004 Queen's drummer Roger Taylor has supported Elton John in his criticism of international pop singer Madonna.Elton John made headlines internationally after taking a foul-mouthed swipe at Madonna at the British Q Awards, saying she cheated her fans by miming on stage.

"It is about time somebody said it," Taylor said in Sydney of Elton John's comments.

"It is the worst kept secret in the world and I think there is too much bloody dancing in rock n roll and not enough actual singing.

"So I think it was a very brave and correct thing to say. Maybe she (Madonna) should get an award for dancing but certainly not for singing."

However, fellow Queen band member Brian May said Elton John should have kept his opinions on Madonna to himself.

"I think it was being very unnecessarily bitchy, personally, but there you go," May said.

"If you don't have something positive to say, you should shut up."

Taylor and May arrived in Sydney earlier this week for the opening of their stage musical, We Will Rock You, on Saturday night.

We Will Rock You co-writer Ben Elton also was on hand as the cast gave a sneak peak to Sydney's media.

"The main thing is We Will Rock You is all live so whatever Madonna may be up to, this is a live show," Ben Elton said to turn the conversation back to the stage musical.

The musical, which has been playing to packed houses in London for more than three years, features a cast of 36 performers.

Written and directed by Ben Elton, the show is set 300 years in the future at a time when live music is banned.

But young people rebel, finding a hero who helps them rediscover rock and roll.

Michael Falzon plays Galileo, Kate Hoolihan is Scaramouche, Robert Grubb is Pop and Annie Crummer is Killer Queen.

©AAP 2004

Submitted by: BiggyRat

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