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50 of the Greatest Roger Taylor Quotes

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50 of the Greatest Roger Taylor Quotes

Which are your favorite Roger Taylor quotes?

Roger Taylor is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is most famously recognized as the drummer for the legendary rock band ‘Queen’.

He gained a large public following for his distinct unique sound as a drummer which led him to get voted by radio listeners as the eight-greatest drummer in classic rock music in a poll conducted by popular radio station ‘Planet Rock’.

As a singer, Taylor is well known for his falsetto vocal range. He occasionally became the lead vocalist in his band. He also notably wrote many of Queen’s biggest hits, such as ‘Radio GaGa’, ‘These Are the Days of Lives’, and ‘Breakthru’.

Throughout his career as a musician, Taylor has also worked with many other popular musicians such as ‘Bon Jovi’ and ‘Elton John’.

Here’s a collection of the greatest Roger Taylor quotes:

 

50 of the Greatest Roger Taylor Quotes

1. “Of the Queen tributes, some of them are very funny, and some of them are really not funny at all. The terrible ones are cheesy and panto like, more about dressing up in a Brian May wig and a Freddie Mercury mustache, and what they’re missing out is the fact that the music is quite complicated and actually not easy to perform.” – Roger Taylor

2. “We Are the Champions’ is meant to be ‘we,’ as in ‘all of us,’ collectively, not us the band. It’s a shame that some people understandably had the wrong take on that. ‘No time for losers’ is not the kindest line, but it’s really more of a ‘we all of us.’ It’s a celebration.” – Roger Taylor

3. “Everybody’s got an opinion, and I was just lucky enough to have an outlet for mine.” – Roger Taylor

4. “I see no end to the possibility and the potential of Adam Lambert. He’s a fabulous performer, and I think it would be very interesting to do something with him.” – Roger Taylor

5. “Our bassist, Tim Staffell, was at art college with Frederick Bulsara, who changed his name to Freddie Mercury and joined the band on vocals after Tim left in 1970.” – Roger Taylor

6. “Freddie was very much able to ride the neutral wave. We all respected his views because he was such a great songwriter. It was his idea that we share all the credits. It was decided all the songs would be attributed equally to Queen. That immediately got rid of the arguments. That was a fantastic, democratic notion.” – Roger Taylor

7. “I wouldn’t sit down and work at writing a song like a novelist or something.” – Roger Taylor

8. “If somebody’s going to represent our music live, I’d like to see it represented with excellence and spectacularly and with really great musicianship.” – Roger Taylor

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9. “I know how hard it is to make it in the music business.” – Roger Taylor

 

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10. “The idea of having proper qualifications had been very much ingrained in me. My father had a steady job for the Potato Marketing Board, and the family emphasis was on getting to university.” – Roger Taylor

 

11. “We’ve been fairly eclectic in our time, and we did branch out. Whenever we got a little bit too far out, people started to moan and groan a bit.” – Roger Taylor

12. “We became closer and closer at the end of Freddie’s life, and I think we were co-dependent in many ways. We stuck together for an awfully long time, and I think we all felt we needed one another.” – Roger Taylor

13. “If people are so obsessed with Freddie that they can’t bear to see Queen without him, they should stay home and listen to the records.” – Roger Taylor

14. “I think a lot of big musicals close because of the rules they’re bound by that make it impossible for them to be efficient.” – Roger Taylor

15. “I shall think of Freddie Mercury every day – maybe for a moment, maybe for longer.” – Roger Taylor

16. “There aren’t many good frontmen around anymore. Where are they? I can’t think of a really young band with a great front person.” – Roger Taylor

17. “There is a sense of melancholy attached to seeing images of yourself from a different era, especially when you see a picture.” – Roger Taylor

18. “One Christmas, when Freddie and I were flatmates in Kensington, we were trying to cook Christmas dinner, but all we had was a packet of bread sauce that you make with water. We used to dream of a can of beans.” – Roger Taylor

19. “We are just continually surprised and obviously happy that the interest in Queen and Freddie keeps alive. It’s a constant source of pleasure for ourselves.” – Roger Taylor

 

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20. “Freddie was the glue that kept us together. He was a very complex man: very shy but also with a forceful side to him.” – Roger Taylor

 

21. “Most theatrical events range in the inaudible. When I went to see ‘Mamma Mia,’ I thought they were playing it through a megaphone.” – Roger Taylor

22. “When ‘We Will Rock You,’ the musical, launched, I was amazed at how successful it was. It attracted a new generation of fans. Freddie would have loved it. He was quite into that sort of stuff.” – Roger Taylor

23. “I know that drummers tend to be the butt of a thousand jokes, usually from the uninformed and untalented, but I always felt I had an important role.” – Roger Taylor

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24. “I didn’t take a lot of the videos seriously; making videos was one of the most tedious things that you can imagine.” – Roger Taylor

25. “The only thing I’ve got is that the ring fingers on both my hands have a little arthritis in each. It’s a worn-out joint because of too much exertion and stress. But it doesn’t affect my playing, which is good.” – Roger Taylor

26. “We Will Rock You’ we didn’t think was a single. We almost saw it like an introduction to ‘We Are the Champions,’ which is a more classic, very grand song.” – Roger Taylor

27. “I think people thought we were sort of right-wing or something, which we certainly are not. I think they got the wrong idea from the videos, that we were some kind of neo-fascist band. I heard a lot of that.” – Roger Taylor

28. “I am a little deaf now. Without my hearing aids in, I miss a lot of peripheral sounds. I had tinnitus, too, for a while.” – Roger Taylor

29. “Hearing loss has not affected my vocal range. I can still pitch perfectly, but without the hearing aids, I don’t hear the intricate high parts of the actual spectrum.” – Roger Taylor

 

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30. “It’s good to be busy. I prefer that than sitting back and enjoying life.” – Roger Taylor

 

31. “It was Freddie who instilled in us the belief that we had to make people gasp every time.” – Roger Taylor

32. “Obviously, I like the drums to be heard. I think they’re important.” – Roger Taylor

33. “What was Freddie like then? Alongside the showman, he was a rather shy introvert. But if the attention was focused on him, he was a natural star, as we all saw after we put Queen together. Week by week, we saw him grow into this character, Freddie Mercury.” – Roger Taylor

34. “I reckoned I could meet more girls being in a band than playing soccer.” – Roger Taylor

35. “It’s been a good ride. Queen is the train that never stops, I think.” – Roger Taylor

36. “It is everyone’s prerogative to retire. But it’s like giving up on life as far as I’m concerned.” – Roger Taylor

37. “I’m not a musical theatre person, and I never will be, especially after seeing the way it operates. It’s so incredibly inefficient. It takes three weeks to effect a change. It can be a lighting change, a script change, a musical change – you have to meet with six different departments, and about a month later, it may happen.” – Roger Taylor

38. “We used to rehearse in unused lecture halls at Imperial and recorded our first album, ‘Queen,’ in 1971 while I was studying for my biology finals – it is amazing I passed.” – Roger Taylor

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39. “It took about five years until we were properly over Freddie’s passing. You learn to live with it.” – Roger Taylor

 

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40. “There are an awful lot of bands out there doing our old act. An awful lot of fake moustaches and underwhelming performances.” – Roger Taylor

 

41. “Rock bands were never newsworthy. In the ’60s and ’70s, rock bands weren’t in the newspapers because they weren’t considered mainstream; they wouldn’t sell papers.” – Roger Taylor

42. “Radio is so heavily programmed; you have to fit into a certain box. So it’s harder for anything different to get through.” – Roger Taylor

43. “The sicker Freddie got, the more he seemed to need to record, to give himself something to do, some sort of reason to get up.” – Roger Taylor

44. “Our story is in two halves, as the band’s career up to Freddie’s death was 20 years, and 20 years later, our music is as popular as it was then. It’s a sort of everlasting… income.” – Roger Taylor

45. “When hearing aids were first mentioned, I pictured myself as that old geezer at the back of the church with the whistling ear trumpet, but you can’t see these Phonak hearing aids, and people don’t realize you’ve got them in.” – Roger Taylor

46. “The sound levels on stage were so loud with all that constant banging and smash, smash, smash; it did untold damage to the fine nerve endings in the inner ear, though it is worse in the left, which is the side of my snare drum and the monitor.” – Roger Taylor

47. “I’ll tell you what I really loved: the version of ‘Somebody to Love’ that was in ‘Happy Feet.’ That was fantastic.” – Roger Taylor

48. “I played with a few local bands in the West Country, where I grew up, but when I was 18, I moved to London, which at that time was probably the most exciting musical city in the world. I was supposed to be studying dentistry, but all the time I was looking for a band to join.” – Roger Taylor

49. “My own introduction to music came quite early. My father didn’t have much of an education, but he was keen for me to get some qualifications, and I ended up winning a choral scholarship to a cathedral school.” – Roger Taylor

50. “I fancied being a lead singer. I’ve always done a lot of vocals, but obviously, Freddie is the lead singer.” – Roger Taylor

 

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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.

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