Quotes About Queen/the Members

“Queen—pure champions.”- Axl Rose
“If it weren’t for Freddie’s lyrics, I don’t know where I would be. They meant everything to me…”- Axl Rose
“Queen were absolutely the best band of the day. They played the best, had the best sound, used their time to the full. They understood the idea exactly - that it was a global jukebox... they just went and smashed one hit after another... it was the perfect stage for Freddie: the whole world. And he could pounce about on stage doing We Are the Champions. How perfect could it get?”- Bob Geldof
“They gave everything of themselves.”- Chris Lambert
“Of all the more theatrical performers, Freddie took it further than the rest. He took it over the edge. He could always turn a cliché to his advantage.”- David Bowie
“The bright light of Freddie’s talent has been so cruelly extinguished… it needn’t have happened, it shouldn’t have happened. Please let’s not let it happen again.”- Elizabeth Taylor
“They were the most important figures in rock n roll.”- Elton John
“There are people these days who can do things on the guitar which are beyond my reach. There's one guy who plays with Queen who can do things I would dream of doing. I sincerely mean that.”- Eric Clapton
“They’ve been the biggest influences on my life.”- Gary Cherone
“Playing with Queen was the biggest moment of my career. It was like living a childhood dream.”- George Michael
“Freddie was one of those guys that could have the whole audience in the palm of his hands. No matter how big it was.”- Kirk Hammet
“The worst day of my life was once that my mom didn’t allow me to go to a Queen concert because I was grounded.”- Lars Ulrich
“The whole group is outstanding.”- Liza Minelli
“I thought 'what a complete bunch of tossers, they'll never make it.' I was wrong.”- Peter Hince (road crew member)
“You don’t get too many people like him.”- Phil Collins (on Freddie)
“What a great bunch of guys!”- Ringo Starr
“There's so few people behind the glamour who really make it as true performers. It's very strange thoroughbred condition to be a successful musician and still be able to project it with confidence. Freddie had that, and there's not many people who have had it.”- Robert Plant
"If I hadn't had Freddie Mercury's lyrics to hold on to as a kid I don't know where I'd be. It taught me about all forms of music... it would open my mind. I never really had a bigger teacher in my whole life." - Axl Rose
"His (Freddie's) contribution to the world will be everlasting." - Dave Clark
"I think the fact that he was so beloved-- straight or gay-- will focus on some people on the fact that AIDS knows no boundaries. He will be missed primarily as a personality, I think, and the cause of his death will become secondary. Unfortunately, there's still a very juvenile attitude to AIDS in the rock community, almost a forced indifference and a desire to carry on the way bands have always carried on." - David Bowie (obviously about Freddie's passing)
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