GMB: Brian May remembers Freddie Mercury's final days
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Brian May, 74, spoke out about the “atmosphere of fear” that surrounds freedom of speech in today’s society. The Queen guitarist admitted people are “too afraid” to say how they really think for fear of being cancelled.
Eventually, there will be some kind of explosion
In a recent interview, Brian wondered where this road of “wokedom” is leading.
“I think so many people are feeling, ‘Hang on, this isn’t quite right,'” he said.
“But they don’t dare say anything.
“Eventually, there will be some kind of explosion.”
It comes as he blasted today’s woke culture, admitting his former band member Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991 aged 45, would have found PC culture “difficult”.
He said: “For instance, Freddie came from Zanzibar, he wasn’t British, he wasn’t white as such – nobody cares, nobody ever, ever discussed it.
“He was a musician, he was our friend, he was our brother.
“We didn’t have to stop and think: ‘Ooh, now, should we work with him?
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“‘Is he the right colour? Is he the right sexual proclivity?’
“None of that happened, and now I find it frightening that you have to be so calculating about everything,” he told The Mirror at ITV’s Palooza.
Wednesday marked 30 years since the world lost Freddie.
Now, three decades later, Brian honoured the late singer with a short, but powerful post on Instagram.
The 74-year-old wrote: “No words from me today. Thanks Vanessa for the graphic. And thanks to all of you who have honoured dear Freddie today. Bri.”
The post included the mentioned graphic of a statue of Freddie with his arm in the air while holding a microphone as the sun sets in the background.
The sculpture of the Queen singer used to stand atop the Dominion Theatre’s entrance when We Will Rock You played there.
After the Queen musical closed in 2014, the band’s drummer Roger Taylor, had it moved to his garden in the English countryside.
The 72-year-old recalled asking a lorry to bring it to his home after finding out the 20ft statue had been placed inside a warehouse.
He admitted he thought it would be “very funny” to have a statue in his garden and that Freddie himself would have found this hilarious.
Another tribute highlight was made by Queen and Adam Lambert’s bassist Neil Fairclough, who plays John Deacon’s part on tour.
Sharing a portrait photo of Freddie with a moustache, the musician wrote: “Can’t quite get my head around the fact that Freddie’s been gone 30 years today…
“More time has passed since his passing than Queen were together as the iconic band we know and love.”
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