Freddie Mercury was not shy in being confrontational even if he was up against one of the most iconic figures of the 70s punk scene and they almost came to blows. Freddie Mercury said two words to punk icon Sid Vicious from Sex Pistols in and it almost prompted a fight. Vicious had a reputation of being a confrontational character but this didn't stop Freddie standing up to him when they had a chance meeting. The Sex Pistols shook up the music scene at the time, trying to take down established acts at the time, with Queen firmly in their sights. The two bands found themselves in the same recording space at Wessex Studios in London, with the Pistols laying down the tracks that would change many people's lives. Queen were next door and and according to the band's roadie, Peter Hince, Vicious thought he would have a few words with Mercury and his bandmates. The legendary frontman said in a TV interview: "I called him Simon Ferocious or something, and he didn't like it at all. Freddie continued: "He was very well marked.
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David Chiu looks back at one of the music inudstry's most repeated stories and ask what it tells us about how rock music coped with the arrival of punk. It was a moment in British music history that perhaps symbolized the apparent divide between the rock establishment and the upstart punk movement. So much for the mean edge of punk. I said, 'What are you going to do about it? I said, 'Make sure you scratch yourself in the mirror properly today, and tomorrow you're going to get something else. I think we survived that test. Mercury was proven right.
Freddie Mercury became one of the most lauded frontmen in the history of rock music thanks to his incredible career with Queen and as a solo artist. But it appears there was one rockstar he clashed with. Mercury nearly came to blows with punk legend Sid Vicious in , when the Sex Pistols were exploding onto the scene. One fateful day, Queen were recording at Wessex Studios in London while the Pistols just so happened to be recording their early material next door. At the time of the tense meeting, Queen were recording New of the World, their sixth studio album. He was an idiot. Two years after the Sex Pistols burst onto the British music scene, shaking up the status quo with the dawn of punk, Vicious tragically died of a drug overdose. Several years later, just days before he died, the Queen singer went public with the news of his condition. In the latter years of his life, Mercury was determined not to allow his illness to stop him working.
The Sex Pistols upset the music scene at the time, trying to get numbers established at the time, with Queen firmly in their sights. The two groups found themselves in the same recording space at Wessex Studios in London, with the Pistols laying out the tracks that would change the lives of many. I think we survived this test. Drummer Roger Taylor was more apt to tell the story of when Sid stopped recording News of the World, their sixth studio album.