Best friends among rock musicians - photos, interesting details
The history of rock has seen many talented geniuses capable of driving huge stadiums to ecstasy... At the same time, it has also seen the sincere and strong friendship that bound these geniuses throughout their lives! Rock musicians didn't just admire or envy each other. They also communicated with each other, and sometimes this communication grew into a very warm relationship ... So, for example, Elton John was the only one whom Lennon did not push away from him during a stormy romance with Yoko Ono (at the same time, the cult Beatle did not communicate with his former Beatles colleagues, with whom he performed side by side on the same stage for 10 years ...) And this is far from the only story proving that somewhere out there - high in heaven - really are alliances between people ... So: today we will look at the most interesting stories of the most sworn friends in the history of rock! Let's start...
Elton John and John Lennon
The history of their friendship originates in the first half of the distant 1970's years ... In the yard stood 1973 year, and John Lennon was preparing for release mind games. From memory Elton John:
“We met on the set of the video for his Mind Games album, where my buddy Tony King played the queen. John was great... Seeing him for the first time, I was amazed! I literally trembled ... What I liked most about him was that he always said what he thought. Few have such a quality ... "
The words "Rocketman"The musicians hit it off right away. Especially Elton I liked the Beatle's sense of humor, sometimes as sharp as his statements ...
“John was very funny! Together we had a lot of fun ... We talked with him about everything in the world: about our childhood, about the music that we liked and didn’t like, about musicians and bands, about fashion ... God, how long ago it was ... "
Their friendship was so strong that Lennon even made Elton godfather to Sean, his son by Yoko Ono! Legendary "Rocketman", in turn, forced a friend to return to live performances and light the stage with him Madison Square Garden in 1974 year! And when Lennon died, John performed his biggest hit, the song "Imagine": how many emotions, energy and sincerity can be felt in this performance ...
About the album mind games, from which the story of their friendship began, then he gave rise to another ageless hymn of the same name, calling on humanity to “make love, not war ...”
Elton John and Freddie Mercury
Apart from John Lennon at Elton John there was another friend, widely known on the world rock scene - and this Freddie Mercury! It is the frontman of the cult group Queen helped "Rocketman" to pull myself together and say goodbye to the addiction that John suffered from in 80s. Subsequently, Elton said that he plunged into the world of illicit substances, trying to cope with his sudden fame and ... the consequences of an emotionally difficult childhood. And Freddie helped him get out of the vicious circle, for which John is grateful to him to this day ...
“I have no choice but to admire this man! He was a great friend - Freddie was a very generous and kind person, ready to help at any moment! This is a big, big rarity…”
It's no secret that Mercury gave all his friends "maiden names"! So Elton had a name "Sharon".
John often hung out with the vocalist Queen, and now he has a lot of warm memories ... He was also one of the few close associates who saw him tied to a bed Freddie before death…
This man never ceased to amaze me! Even when he was dying, he still thought about us, about his friends... After his death, I received a painting by my favorite artist, Henry Scott Tuke! It was accompanied by a note: “Dear Sharon, I saw this at an auction and thought you would like it. I love you, your Melina…” (“Melina” is Freddie Mercury’s maiden nickname). He was such a person. He was full of love for life…”
Brian May and Tony Iommi
As it turned out, the guitarist Brian May's Queen also have a best friend in the rock arena! And no, this is not one of the band members ... This friend is none other than the "father of heavy metal" and the inspirer Black Sabbath Tony Iommi!
After Mercury's death, the two often played together. However, in one of his later interviews, May said that their musical relationship has long reached a new level:
“Tony is a first-class musician! While we play, we often talk - oh, we talk a lot about everything! He is truly my dearest friend in the music business and has been for so many years… I could write a whole book about Tony, he is such an interesting and nice person! I don't even know how to put it into words. He is a very bright person, with a wonderfully kind character and an incredible, often incomprehensible sense of humor!”
Iommi collaborated with Queen during the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992 year. He later introduced May on his solo album 2000 of the year entitled Iommi.
Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy Kilmister
friendship "Prince of Darkness" and legends Motörhead Lemmy Kilmister has its roots in their rehearsal days in England when Black Sabbath shared a seat with Hawkwind, the band that Kilmister was in before Motörhead... After the death of a friend, Ozzy Osbourne said:
“He was my hero. He was damn big! He was a good friend and I already miss him. I will never forget him…”
Ozzy also revealed that he was "probably one of the last" to speak to Lemmy before his death:
“When I found out that his condition was deteriorating, I called him. Someone said he wouldn't make it, so I called him right away! And I couldn't make out what he was saying. It was terrible…"
Ozzy and Lemmy often toured together, including a show in South America in 2015, the last in their history together…
“I flew with him to South America, and he looked terrible: he was very thin ... And my heart broke because of him ...” Osborne recalls. “He tried to behave as usual. He worked until the very end. He said: “I could have lived another 10 years if I didn’t smoke and lead my own lifestyle, but I lived my life the way I wanted ...”
Axl Rose and Sebastian Bach
Actually, Axl Rose and Sebastian Bach remained good friends for decades! Especially their bond was strong when Skid Row toured with Guns N' Roses at the beginning 90s! From the memoirs of Bach:
“He is a charming person and he does a lot of things very differently from me. And you know what I'll tell you, it's an incredible experience to talk to him before he goes on stage... I'll be backstage in his room and he'll be talking as we go on stage. The whole arena is going crazy, and Axl will calmly tell me about what he did last night or the day before ... "
Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck
If you have watched the documentary Jeff Beck: Still on the Run, then you probably know about the strong friendship of these two legendary guitarists ... In the film, Jimmy Page said that he and Beck immediately found a common language! Page and Beck started playing together Yardbirds before they formed Led Zeppelin.
But even after that, the couple was periodically seen together both on stage and at various events over the years ...
Iggy Pop and David Bowie
Iggy Pop and David Bowie - Another couple on our list with a long history of friendship! They toured together in 1976 year, and then Bowie helped Iggy write some songs for his first two solo albums after he left Stooges…
"My friendship with David was the light of my life," Pop tweeted after Bowie's death in 2016. I have never met such a brilliant person. For me, he was the best of all ... "
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are probably the most sworn friends in rock and roll! It's hard to talk about one of them without mentioning the other...
“They are very different… They have a certain magic that people like… They always argue, but they always love each other! They know each other so well... When I say that they argue, they really don't, they just always have differences of opinion. These are two completely different people. One is meticulous and detailed, while the other is completely bohemian. But they both have a common vector ... "- said the late Charlie Watts.