Queen drummer Roger Taylor took time out to slam the critics who walked into the band's blockbuster biopic Bohemian Rhapsody already prepared to pan the film. Taylor spoke to Planet Rock and recalled the vibe the band felt as the movie was readied for release, explaining, “There was kind of a mood of — an expectation of disaster. The trouble with us is, we’re too f***ing popular, and a lot of the media just hate that. There were some decent reviews, but there were many that were kinda sneering and superficial. I thought, ‘You just don’t get it, do you? You weren’t moved, and whatever, but f*** you actually. F*** you all the way to the bank, actually.'”
Taylor went on to say that it was Queen fans and movie-goers that made the Oscar-winning feature gross over $900 million globally, marking the film the most successful musical biopic in history: “Bad reviews usually mean that it’s going to be really successful. I think people know a lot more than film critics, and the word of mouth via social media is so much more powerful than (a) review from a guy who probably watches 40 movies a week, and has probably lost the essence of the joy of a movie.”
Roger Taylor told us that his greatest pride is that all these years later, the band and Freddie Mercury still resonates with Queen's die-hard fan base — along with millions of new fans every year: “He's bigger now than he ever was. It's absolutely true, and that makes me sort of proud. And I think that is one of the reasons why. . . I think you come to a realization that it's really, that is what you are — it's what you've done — but that defines what you are, and be content with that, and make it good. And I'm very proud of the fact that, y'know, our music is still on the radio and that Freddie is still a part of popular culture and I feel that I've done something, then.”
Queen + Adam Lambert kick off a six-date tour of Japan and Down Under on January 25th in Saitama, Japan.