Queen drummer Roger Taylor admits that he hasn’t spoken to the band’s bassist John Deacon in over a decade. As Queen’s star once again rises with the November 2nd release of the band’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Deacon, who’s now 67, remains a virtual recluse. Deacon — a father of six, who’s been married for 43 years — is said to be worth over $130 million, and was responsible for writing such classics for the band as “You’re My Best Friend,” “I Want To Break Free,” and the chart-topping “Another One Bites the Dust” — not to mention the legendary bass line to “Under Pressure.”
He remains a full quarter partner in the band, yet retired in 1997 after recording “No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young),” which was featured on the group’s compilation album, Queen Rocks. Deacon last played with Roger Taylor and Brian May during the band’s 1992 tribute to Freddie Mercury.
Roger Taylor revealed to The Daily Mail, “I haven’t heard a squeak from John, not a single guttural grunt. We’re not in touch but John’s a sociopath, really, and he’s given his blessing to whatever Brian and I might do with the brand — and we’ve done rather a lot.”
Guitarist Brian May went on to add: “He’s very solid and no-nonsense. He’s always got his feet firmly on the ground. . . He could be very outgoing and very funny, but I think some of the stuff that happened (while recording) in Munich gave him a lot of damage, and I think losing Freddie was very hard for him as well. He found that incredibly hard to process, to the point where actually playing with us made it more difficult.”
We asked Roger Taylor if John Deacon will ever perform as part of Queen again: “John really has opted out of the whole music business thing. He was done, like, being around people. He wrote us a letter saying ‘I totally approve of everything you do and, um, can I have my share?’ I mean, he’s still a partner, so, y’know, he’s there in that sense.”