Kenny Everett: He’s probably the world’s greatest guitar technician really, isn’t he?
Freddie Mercury: Oh I’d say that dear, absolutely mock aristocratic accent.
Kenny Everett: Yes, pass more champagne [same accent] [Laughs]
Freddie Mercury: Champagne everybody!
YOU AND I
Freddie Mercury: That’s the end of side one of A Day At The Races. That was a track by John Deacon, he’s contribution to this album. His songs are good and are getting better every time actually. I’m getting a bit worried actually.
Kenny Everett: He’s the quiet one.
Freddie Mercury: He’s sort of quiet, lots of people think that. Don’t underestimate him, he’s got a fiery streak underneath all that. I talk so much anyway, he like to let me do all the talking. But once people crack that thin ice, then he’s alright. (You can never stop him talking then).
Kenny Everett: You’re all a very shy bunch really, aren’t you?
Freddie Mercury: We are really, actually. I am actually, people don’t seem to realize that. Just because I go around tearing on stage, they think I should go tearing around life, but I’m not really.
Kenny Everett: Good, well done. I’ve said to you once, you must have had a classical up bringing, and you went! So I dropped that one. [Laughs] But I think you really must have.
Freddie Mercury: I did have in my youth that’s a couple of years ago. No, when I was about seven years old, I did piano lessons and I did up to grade 4 classical, practical and theory. Then I gave it up, as I basically play by ear really and I can’t sight read at all. So I gave that up and all my playing is done by ear. I can’t read music that well, it takes me a long time.
Kenny Everett: Well how do you work out these amazing harmonies you do?
Freddie Mercury: Well that’s quite easy, yeah. [Laughs] The same as you do! [More laughs] I don’t know, I just have to work at it and after a while you fall into a pattern through experience. I think I’m getting better every year, don’t you?
Kenny Everett: Oh yes.
Freddie Mercury: I learnt a lot from our past albums and things. Seeing how they’re constructed and things, then you use things what you’ve done in the past and work out different things.
Kenny Everett: Oh you’re polishing beautifully, it’s a polished product now. That You Take My Breath Away, the harmonies on that are supreme.
Freddie Mercury: They’re nice, I’m very pleased with them.