Queen drummer Roger Taylor was asked in a new interview with Mojo (via Express) if ex-bandmate John Deacon had even seen the film. Taylor said that Deacon has sadly continued to snub his former bandmates after the band’s last Freddie Mercury tribute song and performance together in 1997.
“No idea. We don’t have any contact with John. I wonder if one of his kids might have been to see it. Who knows?
Taylor said recently he hasn’t spoke to Taylor in “over a decade… I haven’t heard a squeak from John, not a single guttural grunt.”
May told Rolling Stone, “John doesn’t want to be (involved). He’s in his own space and we respect that. It’s a shame, because we would love to have him around but he doesn’t want to be in that arena anymore…he just doesn’t want to be walking those roads.”
“Joe (Mazello) who played John nailed his mannerisms but made him slightly too posh. Deacy was from Leicester and had a bit of a Northern accent. But all of them were amazing. They must have watched hours of footage of us all.”
In a recent ABC television interview, Taylor said, “After Freddie died, it took me a year to even start to want to think about doing things. I just thought ‘Settle down and try and live with the present and see how you feel” John freaked out and decided he really couldn’t deal with being in the music business anymore, It was an odd period. Really the band was over.”