John Deacon was particularly close to Freddie Mercury, who served as a stabilizing presence for John, assisting the shy bass guitarist in dealing with the pressures of being a member of Queen. Ironically, it was John's modest demeanor that first endeared him to his bandmates. When Freddie died, John wept inconsolably for several days.
They met through their shared girlfriend/wife Mary Austin. Mary was a popular English singer who had been married twice before she met John. She had two children by her first husband and one by her second. After divorcing her second husband, Mary moved in with John and his family.
In 1974, Queen released their self-titled debut album which included "Bohemian Rhapsody". The song became a worldwide hit, winning three Grammy Awards. It has been cited as one of the best rock songs of all time.
After "Bohemian Rhapsody", John went on to release five more solo albums. He also wrote several songs for other artists including "Love Is A Requirement Of Life" by Atomic Kitten and "Suddenly One Day" by Take That.
In 2001, Queen reunited for a series of concerts in Japan. At the conclusion of the final show, they announced that they would be going on indefinite hiatus.
Freddie Mercury was one of the more outgoing vocalists of his period, yet his best buddy in Queen was the most reserved. Peter Freestone worked as a PA for the band and experienced the connection firsthand, revealing what linked Freddie with bassist John Deacon. "They were both very private people, but they had this mutual respect for each other," he said. "Freddie would do things like wear John's clothes to show him that he appreciated him being in his band."
In addition to Queen, Freestone also worked with Elton John, George Michael, and Rod Stewart. He died at age 64 on November 24, 2016.
Freddie Mercury was born Frederick Valerian Mercury on January 8, 1946. He was raised by his mother after the death of his father when he was only nine years old. He started singing at an early age and took lessons from Lilli Carré while attending Westminster School of Music. In 1964, he joined the band Smile and two years later, they released their first single "Thank You for inviting Me".
After several line-up changes, Queen finally released their first album in February 1970. They continued to release albums regularly until 1976's Killing Me Softly with His Song. By this point, Freddie had become the face of the band and was responsible for much of the songwriting.
Brian May has stated that Deacon is still active in Queen's business and that he approves of the impending Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
He also said that Deacon would like to play some shows again with his band, but that they're not ready yet.
However, these comments were made before Mercury died of AIDS-related complications in 1991. It's possible that the band will reform once again for more touring opportunities.
Smile was a fan of Mercury, who urged them to try out more extravagant staging and recording approaches. He became a member in 1970 and offered the moniker "Queen." Deacon was hired in March 1971, before the band's self-titled debut album was released in 1973. Queen's second album, Queen II, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom in 1974. It has been certified triple platinum by the BPI for sales exceeding 3 million copies.
Mercury died of AIDS-related pneumonia on November 24, 1991. The group continues to tour worldwide.
Freddie Mercury garnered the most attention for his wild stage antics and superb voice, but the two collaborated closely on composition. Following Freddie's death, John departed the band, leaving the other members—Brian May and Roger Taylor—to go on. They recruited Adam Ant as their new lead singer.
Ant had been a fan of the band since he was a teenager in 1970s London, and when they asked him if he wanted to be their new frontman, he immediately said yes. He replaced Freddie at the first series of Live Aid, which took place in Philadelphia and London in July 1991.
Adam Ant became very popular in England and Europe, and also in America, where he performed before thousands at several Super Bowl halftimes. But he died of an AIDS-related illness in 1994 at the young age of 35.
After Adam Ant's death, Queen continued to tour and release albums, including One Night in Madrid and The Works. However, it wasn't until 2004 that they decided to start writing new songs with help from Justin Timberlake. The result was A Kind of Magic, which came out in January 2005. It included contributions from both John and Brian May, who wrote three songs together.
In June 2006, Queen released their first album of new material in three years, Gold: An Oral History.
Clearly, Freddie's death was the catalyst for John's departure from the band, and he was deeply saddened by the loss of his close friend and colleague. Brian, who continued the band with Roger Taylor and guest singer Adam Lambert in 2014, stated that they have minimal communication with the bassist currently. "I think he's doing fine... I don't know what his schedule is like or anything like that so I can't comment on it," he said.
In a 2009 interview with Classic Rock magazine, John explained that he felt it was time to move on: "There are only two ways up for a musician: either be pushed out or jump. I'm just not cut out to be a one-hit wonder so I've decided to quit while I'm ahead."
He also told The Guardian that he had no plans to reunite with the band for more concerts: "I don't see any point in going back over old ground. If someone wants to put together a really great show of all my songs then they're more than welcome to do so. But I don't see any reason why we should try and relive our glory days when so many people love our music today as much as they did back then."
However, in a 2013 interview with NME, John said he'd consider rejoining the band if they asked him.