Nonetheless – as Taylor noted to movie site Flicks and the City in 2018 – there was more to Mercury than his stage presence. “I think a lot of people, they think about Freddie and think, ‘Oh, flamboyant,’ and whatever,” the drummer explained of his friend. “They tend to forget that he was a brilliant musician.”
Besides being a confirmed believer in rock ’n’ roll, Mercury also had a litany of high-minded interests that he loved to draw from. He once even joked to journalists that his mission in life was “to bring ballet to the masses.” Nevertheless, it wasn’t until 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” that these ambitions coalesced into a single, brilliant whole.