Interview in China Club
I: …Sitting with Freddie Mercury, of Queen. Freddie, you, guys, must be pretty excited about your new record deal. That’s what tonight’s all about.
FM: Really, really! It’s a shot in the arm. And we were waiting for this for a long time. As so we haven’t done anything for live in the last couple of years, cause we wanted to make sure we’ve got the best new deal, and it’s like starting all over again.
I: After been together for… How long have you’ve been together, ten years?
FM: Over ten years. About eleven, twelve…
I: So, what’s your motivation to come up with something new every year, and it keeps working even? Why don?t you have a place so as to hid in somewhere?
FM: Now it would be easy, wouldn’t it? … (smiling). No, it’s because we’re in the music business, and it’s in my blood, and the only thing I can do – is to write music and perform, and that’s what I’m gonna to be doing, and all of us gonna to be doing till we die.
I: Bruce Springsteen, you know, has been quoted to say –when people ask him if he will ever be married or settled down– that he is married to rock-n-roll – and that’s his wife. Is this like the commitment you guys have?
FM: No, I’m not married to music, I’m married to love.
I: M-mm… And do you have time for that?
FM: No, I may not have time for it, but I’m not married to music. I mean, that’s my work, it’s my job. I get up every day… It’s like… It may not be 9 to 5, but it’s my job. The way, I see music is something that I earn my living. But I’ve not been married or whatever.
I: Are you romantic at all?
FM: I’m a total romantic! That’s why, yes, I’m married to love, I marry people.
I: …Is there a way that you characterize a “Queen” fan?
FM: Very difficult. I think, a real archetypal “Queen” fan is a sophisticated one. Somebody who has grown up with us and knows the kind of changes that we go through. But at the same time I mean we make a lot of new fans cause I mean we come up with very different music. And some people, you know, they probably think that this is the first time they’ve heard the band, and love that. I want to be fresh every moment.
I: What do you see for yourself, Freddie, in 25-30 years from now? Getting out of this business, working with new acts, TV?
FM: 25 years from now? A lot of sex!