Can Queen somehow move forward with new material or hop back into the studio one more time? Well, aside from Ted Nugent stating his thoughts – Brian May has revealed in a new interview that he has actually asked his ex-bandmate John Deacon to re-join the group on more than one occasion.
The now 70-year-old Deacon retired entirely from music and the public eye in 1997 to quietly raise his six children in the South West London home he bought with his first Queen paycheck. He would end up jumping ship to quit the band not long after Freddie Mercury’s untimely death 1991.
Brian May would begin speaking to RockFM in Spain recently in which May opened up about the likelihood of John Deacon returning to Queen and his and Roger Taylor’s efforts to lure him back.
Brian May would say: “Of course we love John and we will always will, but we don’t have any significant contact with him now. That’s the way he wants it, he wanted to cut that tie and to be a private person and we have to respect that. I don’t think that it would be easy for John to slip back into the arena that we inhabit. In fact, a couple of times we have asked him, but he always says ‘that’s not what I do now’. And we have to respect that John doesn’t want to do it.”
Reflecting on the 25 years since John left the band, Brian added: “I think it would be difficult for him anyway because things have changed a lot, and Roger and I have adapted a certain amount. We’re still very old school but we’re aware of different ways of behaving these days and different ways in which our art is channeled.”
Sadly, Brian May would ultimately come to the conclusion that hope may be lost.
May closed: Of course we love John and we will always will, but we don’t have any significant contact with him now. That’s the way he wants it, he wanted to cut that tie and to be a private person and we have to respect that.”
Special thanks to Smooth Radio.