John Deacon has been retired from the music industry for almost 25 years. Queen’s bassist may have written fewer songs than Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor, but he leaves behind an incredible legacy of some of the band’s best-loved hits. This week’s episode of Queen the Greatest explores and celebrates his crowning songwriting achievements.
John Deacon’s first Queen song didn’t come until the band’s third album Sheer Heart Attack, when he penned Misfire.
The bassist then followed up with a huge hit single from the 1975 album A Night At The Opera.
His track You’re My Best Friend would go on to sell over a million copies in the US alone.
John also wrote 1977 fan favourite Spread Your Wings, before what would be Queen’s biggest hit single in 1980’s Another One Bites The Dust.
The Game album track sold over 7 million copies and has been streamed over a billion times on Spotify.
John saw further chart-topping success with 1984’s I Want To Break Free, while for 1986’s A Kind of Magic album, he teamed up with Freddie to write Friends Will Be Friends.
That track was released as Queen’s 30th single in the UK in June 1986 and was performed live throughout the band’s final tour that year.
Speaking with Express.co.uk last year, Roger Taylor shared how John has “consciously excluded himself” from the music industry since retiring in the mid-1990s.
Roger said: “He’s still obviously our sort of business partner in a way; our silent business partner.
“He enjoys the financial rewards, but he really doesn’t want anything to do with the music industry anymore.”
“I don’t think he feels he wants to handle it and all the stuff that goes with it.”
Asked if he and Brian keep in contact with John, the drummer replied: “No we don’t actually. John has sort of consciously excluded himself from the world.”
Roger added: “He doesn’t like engaging in contact with anybody I think. I think he’s very fragile and we respect that.”
Asked when he last saw John, the 71-year-old revealed: “I last saw John, I think… We Will Rock You had opened six months before.
“I saw him there one night, in the bar, he strolled in. And that’s the last time I saw him. Probably 2004.”
And as for whether the Queen bassist has seen the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, the drummer replied: “I wonder, I mean I wouldn’t put it past him not to have seen it. I just don’t know. We’re all different aren’t we?”