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Brian May Seething Over UK Freddie Mercury Article

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Queen’s Brian May is seething over a London’s Sunday Times Magazine feature, which according to him, promised to cover his Queen In 3-D book and instead printed a Freddie Mercury expose. In the article, May — who over the decades has gone to great lengths to protect and preserve Mercury’s privacy and dignity — was quoted as telling the magazine that prior to his 1991 death from AIDS, Mercury had actually suffered “paralysis, loss of limbs, blindness and brain infections.” May was quoted as saying, “The problem was actually his foot — and, tragically there was very little left of it. Once, he showed it to us at dinner. And he said: ‘Oh Brian, I’m sorry I’ve upset you by showing you that.’ And I said, ‘I’m not upset, Freddie, except to realize that you have to put up with so much terrible pain.'”

He went on to recall how Mercury never had a chance to sample the life-extending medical cocktail AZT: “He missed it by just a few months. If it had been just a bit later he would still be with us, I’m sure. But you can’t go there because therein lies madness.”

Brian May posted a scathing rebuttal to the article on his official website (, which reads in part: “Look at this garbage !! We gave the Sunday Times a worldwide exclusive to serialize my Queen In 3-D book. This is what they came up with. ‘Freddie and Me’ is NOT what the book is about. . . you just have to wonder how these people sleep at night, churning out this cheap rubbish. We gave (The Sunday Times) exclusive use of ALL the photographs in the book. They used just two of them, one of them reproduced not much bigger than a postage stamp; the rest of the piece illustrated with recycled ordinary snaps from God knows where. The opening of the piece inside says ‘Tragedy, debauchery … and dwarves …’ !! NONE of this tired old stuff features in the book, or was discussed in the interview.”

May went on to blast the journalist, writing: “This woman came into my house, pretended she was a fan and was going to write a nice piece about the book, as agreed; then went away and wrote this pathetic sensationalistic drivel. I’m angry and disgusted. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such crass journalism and experienced such a betrayal of trust. Folks — please ignore this trash — the book is NOTHING like this.”

Brian May admitted to us that he has a very low opinion of the British press, and explained why he thinks they’re the bottom of the barrel: “They don’t care. They print anything in England. I don’t know quite what it’s like in the States, but over here, y’know, they’d rather print lies than truth, really.”

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