Former Queen manager John Reid discussed Freddie Mercury in a new PlayBill article.
John told me a hilarious/mortifying story about when he first started managing the group. He was having dinner with Freddie Mercury and noticed that Freddie seemed to pull his lips over his teeth, indicating that he was slightly embarrassed by them. John suggested that perhaps Freddie should use some of his newfound money to get his teeth fixed. Freddie yelled, “F*ck you! They already were fixed!” Yes. That’s what his teeth looked like after!
Then I asked John about some of the inaccuracies in the film Bohemian Rhapsody. First of all, the whole Freddie firing John by kicking him out of the car never happened. Furthermore, there’s a scene where the band leaves an A&R meeting at EMI, the record company not supporting “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and a few minutes later a brick comes flying through the window and Freddie yells, “You’ll be remembered as the person who turned down Queen!” or something like that. That moment didn’t happen. But something very similar did happen.
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