Deacon has been retired for many years now and didn’t speak out in public as much as frontman Freddie Mercury, but in an unearthed interview he helped shine light on their relationship together.
Speaking to a Dutch channel in 1984 in the dressing rooms of the Groenoordhallen in Leiden, he said things were rarely smooth sailing for the quartet; one of the most iconic bands of all time.
“We do argue a lot over musical policy,” he smiled.
“What type of music to do, how much to tour, where to tour, and that sort of thing.”
He added: “But normally we’ve managed to come to some sort of agreement.”
In the same interview, Brian May had said that allowing everyone to have creative input kept them together.
“It is very important to give everybody an outlet for their writing and their creative powers because that’s what splits most groups up,” he mused.
And Mercury added: “It’s like a chariot with four horses going, like that [in different directions].
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Queen released The Works in the year this interview was recorded; the record that spawned the singles Radio Ga Ga and I Want To Break Free.
By this point they had already been in the public eye for a decade; scoring big with Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975, Somebody To Love in 1976 and We Are The Champions in 1977.
“We were becoming blasé,” Mercury said in this clip.
“After you have a successful long time, it’s quite easy to just say, ‘oh, yeah, we’re the greatest’, or whatever.
“But I really don’t think we’re that kind of group. Sometimes we make our own challenges.”
Mercury died in 1991 and Deacon retired soon after, but May and Roger Taylor have continued to tour under the Queen name.
They are currently on a very well-received Rhapsody Tour of North America, on which they are joined once again by regular collaborator Adam Lambert on vocals.
The tour continues to Asia, Australia and New Zealand in 2020.