Freddie Mercury: Roger Taylor shares how he would unburden the Queen singer at live shows

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Freddie Mercury is known for being one of rock’s greatest singers, but even someone as talented as him could struggle with the vocals sometimes. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Queen drummer Roger Taylor shared how he would sometimes unburden the singer from high notes during live performances. The 71-year-old said: “In our live shows Freddie and I used to often swap notes.

Roger Taylor continued: “He had so much singing to do sometimes I could take the burden of some of the high notes off him.

“So we would swap. He’d go under and I’d go over. We did a lot of that. I don’t think people realised half the time.”

If you go back and listen to some of Queen’s early work fans will find that occasionally Roger or Brian May would be the lead singer on some tracks instead of Freddie.

The Queen drummer admitted: “I still meet people who go, ‘Oh do you sing?’”

Roger added: “And I go, ‘I b****y well sung all along. Queen were quite good at harmonies, but you probably never noticed.’

“I get a lot of that now. ‘I didn’t know you sang!’, ‘Yeah of course I do it’s part of my job!’”

During an interview with us last year, the 71-year-old said of Freddie Mercury: “He had quite an extraordinary voice and he just got better and better and better. The thing is, with Queen we have three singers really.

“A lot of people sort of forget that we had harmonies obviously. In a sense, the three of us, Brian, myself and Freddie, always sang a lot.”

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Roger continued: “But Freddie was obviously the lead singer and the best singer I might add as well. I guess in those days one would tend to sing one’s own songs.

“But after a while, I would expect Freddie to sing the song[s that I wrote] because he was the better singer.

“And he could put things out there so well. I suppose we sang leads less as we went on yeah.”

The Queen drummer was promoting his 2021 UK solo tour which coincides with the release of his new solo album Outsider.

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Roger will be mainly singing and playing the drums for the 14 shows across the nation.

The 71-year-old even promises he will perform some of the Queen hits he wrote himself.

Asked about which ones, he replied: “Probably obvious ones like Radio Ga Ga, A Kind of Magic and These Are The Days Of Our Lives. More of the ones I wrote because that makes more sense I think.”

Here are the full set of dates for Roger Taylor’s upcoming 2021 UK tour:

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Sat October 2 – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
Sun October 3 – MANCHESTER, Academy
Tue October 5 – YORK, Barbican
Wed October 6 – CARDIFF, St. David’s Hall
Fri October 8 – LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy
Sat October 9 – NORWICH, University East Anglia (UEA)
Mon October 11 – BATH, Forum
Tue October 12 – BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
Thu October 14 – PLYMOUTH, Pavilions
Fri October 15 – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
Sun October 17 – BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion
Tue October 19 – GUILFORD, G Live
Wed October 20 – COVENTRY, HMV Empire
Fri October 22 – LONDON, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Ticket pre-sale starts at 10am on Tuesday June 8 and can be ordered here. While Roger Taylor’s brand new album Outsider is released by Universal on October 1, 2021. Fans that pre-order the album via Taylor’s official website before 4PM on Monday June 7 will get advanced and early access to pre-sale tickets to the tour.

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