Queen: John Deacon’s I Want To Break Free passes huge milestone – Roger Taylor thanks fans
Queen: John Deacon and Brian May send message to fans in 1994
Queen have had many incredible rock hits over the years and now I Want To Break Free has passed a huge milestone. The famous music video with Freddie Mercury and the band crossdressing has surpassed an impressive 500 million views since it was uploaded 12 years ago. Queen drummer Roger Taylor shared the news with fans on his Instagram account.
Taylor shared a picture of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon dressed in drag on the music video’s set.
The post thanked fans and read: “We just hit 500 MILLION views on I Want To Break Free!”
I Want To Break Free was written by Queen bassist Deacon and featured on the band’s 1984 album The Works.
The song ended up being included in most Queen live concerts and was sung by Lisa Stansfield at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992.
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I Want To Break Free’s iconic music video was proposed by Taylor and saw Queen parody Coronation Street.
Directed by David Mallet, the footage was shot at Limehouse Studios and cost around £100,000 to make.
The Queen drummer said of the music video at the time: “We had done some really serious, epic videos in the past, and we just thought we’d have some fun. We wanted people to know that we didn’t take ourselves too seriously, that we could still laugh at ourselves. I think we proved that.”
However, while the music video met well with British humour, the Americans found it controversial.
Brian May told Terry Gross in 2010: “I remember being on the promo tour in the Midwest of America and people’s faces turning ashen and they would say, ‘No, we can’t play this. We can’t possibly play this. You know, it looks homosexual.’
“And I went, ‘So?’ But it was a huge deal. And I know that it really damaged our sort of whole relationship with certainly radio in this country and probably the public as well.
“But it was very difficult for us to sort of get back. And there’s a whole kind of gap in Queen history if you view it from America.”
The Queen guitarist admitted that Freddie was very aware of this and Queen never really came back and toured in the way they had before in the US.
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I Want To Break Free reached No 3 in the UK and the song was certified silver with over 200,000 copies sold, while topping the charts in Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The track also features on the second Queen’s Greatest Hits album.
Two years ago, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody music video hit 1 billion views, which has gained 200 million more since.
At the time, May said: “So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!”
Freddie Mercury may be gone and John Deacon has retired, but Queen and Adam Lambert continues today.
The band are set to resume touring next summer, performing their postposed dates from this year.
That was when the band were set to tour the UK and Europe, which included a 10-night residency at The O2.
In the meantime, May is working on a special airflow system with experts to make concerts venues as safe as possible for the pandemic world.
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