Freddie Mercury “grabbed Sid Vicious by the collar and threw him out” | Music | Entertainment
This week would have been the 65th birthday but the punk icon died in New York on February 2, 1979. He was just 21. Two years earlier, his band The Sex Pistols were at the legendary Wessex Studios, when they found themselves next to Reine. A hilarious series of encounters would later be immortalized by Freddie in interviews. At the time, the punk band had only released one single, 1976’s Anarchy in the UK, but the buzz around them was huge – and they knew it.
Queen were recording their sixth studio album News of the World at Wessex Studios. It was the sequel to A Night At The Opera, which of course included Bohemian Rhapsody. The new album would include future anthems We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.
But seismic changes shook the musical landscape with the meteoric rise of punk rock. Queen was generally considered the antithesis of the new movement, although the new track Sheer Heart Attack can be considered a form of punk rock.
The stage was set for a showdown and the newcomers were about to be trained by a ballerina legend.
Queen star Roger Taylor said: “Sid came in and Sid was a jerk, you know. He was an idiot.”
Sid decided to be smart and take it out on the fact that the Queen singer recently gave a famous NME interview where he talked about his love for ballet.
Hince said: “Sid Vicious walked in, the worst for wear, and addressed Fred: ‘Have you ever managed to bring ballet to the masses? Fred casually stood up, approached him and joked, “Aren’t you Stanley Ferocious or something?”, grabbed him by the collar and threw him out.”
Freddie himself also described the moment in much more detail (and with a slightly different nickname for Sid).
Speaking to Australian TV host Millie Meldrum, he said: “The Sex Pistols were in the studio next door. Can you imagine there was everything punk rock and anti-establishment under the same roof?
“And I asked Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious to listen to one of our tracks and I said, ‘I’ll sing on one of yours if you sing on one of mine.’ You should have seen it, “You can’t be seen with Freddie Mercury” and all that. I was wearing ballet flats back then…
“I called Sid Vicious ‘Simon Ferocious’ or something and he didn’t like it at all, and I said, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ And he had all these things very, well, sort of… he was graded very well and I said, ‘Did you really make sure you scratched yourself in the mirror today?’ And he hated the fact that I could even talk like that, so I think we survived that ordeal.