Old Queen Taylor Can Live Without The Big Time (Sheffield Star, March 19 1999)
OLD QUEEN TAYLOR CAN LIVE WITHOUT THE BIG TIME
BUT HE'S STILL DRIVEN BY A CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE OF MUSIC
by David Dunn
SHEFFIELD STAR MARCH 19 1999
It has been a long time since Roger Taylor learned the ukulele and sung in the school choir.
Just recently the former Queen drummer broke a record for securing the largest audience for an on-line concert when he played a show on the Internet. His latest single, Surrender!, deals with the emotive subject of domestic violence and has been adopted by one police force in its campaign against the growing problem.
"I have had a certain amount of contact with it. I think a lot of people have. Its prevalent. It was in my youth," says Roger.
"Its a lot like incest and that sort of thing; its not talked about but its there at all levels. Surrender! Is telling a little story with an ambivalent conclusion. I'm not preaching, just shedding a little light on something."
The song features on his current and fourth solo album, Electric Fire. It seems there are little signs of retirement in the Taylor household.
"If you're a musician music's what you do and I hate being inactive," he says. "I enjoy the creative process of the writing. I wait for an idea to come along - sometimes I don't get any, then I have a burst."
The latest burst, however, brings him back to The Leadmill this Sunday, part of a 16-date tour. That, and the 595,000 hit Internet concert apart, Roger insists he isn't concerned about being one of rocks big players again.
"The music we are making is the best I have ever done on my own and I've got a really good band," he explains. "But I don't see this as a new campaign. I've done that bit and it was fantastic. Im too busy enjoying life."
And that includes being his own boss. "The one thing about Queen is it was very democratic. There were very strong egos, much hurling of abuse.
"You won some, you lost come. It was a very stimulating band. It made for a strong team. I don't think everything we did was great, but we did enough. It was obviously great, playing places like Brazil, 800,000 people in a week, but I would not want to go back."
Like fellow Queen veteran Brian May, Roger admits he still misses their late great front man Freddie Mercury.
He adds: "The harsh reality of the loss is over, but he will always be there. You cannot have someone that close for so long and then not. You have them as kind of mental wallpaper."
All three of the remaining Queen lads keep in touch, so could there ever be a reunion tour?" It is difficult to think of a way, but I would not rule it out. Life is strange."