Queen has become a world-renowned act that has made many people consider them one of the all-time greats. The group has released many number-one albums, chart-topping singles, and successful DVDs worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Frontman Freddie Mercury’s stage presence, vocal range, and rhythm combined made him one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music and distinguished Queen from other bands. After Mercury died at age 45 from bronchial pneumonia caused by complications from AIDS, the tragic news shook the members. John Deacon, in particular, did not take the passing well and retired from music entirely.
What Was The Last Piece John Deacon Recorded With Queen?
Often known as the most reserved member of Queen, John Deacon preferred to stay in the background during his time with the group. After Queen became a household name, it was no easy task for a more laid-back person like him to deal with the pressures of enormous fame. Being with Freddie Mercury at the time gave him comfort, so his passing had a more significant impact than any of the other members.
After Freddie Mercury passed away, Deacon realized that without him, there was no point in making new music or being a member of the Queen. He performed with the band three more times; at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness on April 20, 1992, at a benefit concert with Roger Taylor at Cowdray House in Midhurst on September 18, 1993, and at the opening of Bejart Ballet in Paris on January 17, 1997, before retiring from music and the public eye.
The last song he recorded with Queen was six years after Mercury’s passing called ‘No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young)’ for the ‘Queen Rocks Album.’ This song was also the last original Queen song to hit the top 40 in some European countries and the final recording for the band by John Deacon.
John Deacon Now Lives In Seclusion
Since retiring, John Deacon has been living in seclusion, choosing not to be in the public eye. After Freddie Mercury’s passing, he decided to exclude himself from the band. John didn’t even participate in Queen’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Despite his retirement, the band decided to continue performing with collaborators such as Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert, and he was not part of that process either.
Furthermore, he lost contact with other members of the group. John only gives his input about Queen’s business deals. He currently resides in Southwest London with his longtime wife Veronica Tetzlaff and their six children after fully retiring from the music industry.
You can watch ‘No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)’ below.