The road that the Beatles paved in the 60s British scene is something for the history books. Queen, like the rest of the British bands, gladly followed and cemented the genre of classic rock as one of the most highly-appreciated genres out there.
Both The Beatles and Queen have intertwined with one another on several occasions. For starters, shy Beatle George Harrison and Queen’s guitarist Brian May are reportedly friends – and May often cites Harrison as one of his influences. Paul McCartney, the ½ of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership, once mentioned that the first thing he noticed inside a Queen’s song is the magnificent voice of none other than Freddie Mercury.
Like the rest of us, Mercury had so much respect for the Fab Four. He also once revealed his favorite Beatle that he just couldn’t compare with himself.
In the book Freddie Mercury: A Life in His Own Words, the musician once admitted his admiration for John Lennon, whom he thought was an “absolute genius.” Mercury claimed that Lennon possessed the “magic” that made him the best, and for that reason, he wouldn’t compare himself to the late singer.
“John Lennon was larger than life and an absolute genius,” Mercury said. “Even at a very early stage when they were The Beatles, I always preferred John Lennon’s things. I don’t know why. He just had that magic. To be honest, I would never like to put myself on a par with John Lennon because he was the greatest, as far as I’m concerned.”
His admiration for the late singer stemmed from the fact that he was a one-of-a-kind performer, but that in no way negated his musical prowess.
“It’s not a matter of having less talent, just that some people are capable of doing certain things better than anybody else, and I feel that I’m not equipped to do the things that Lennon did. I don’t think anybody should because John Lennon was unique, a one-off, and that’s how it is,” he added.