Robbie Williams reveals that he turned down an opportunity to join Queen

music news 05/03/2020

Robbie Williams has revealed that he was once asked to join Queen - but he hastily refused the invite as he didn't feel he could even try to fill the shoes of the late Freddie Mercury. Williams revealed, as we're sure most of us agree, that Mercury was "godlike".

The oppurtunity came about in 2001 when Robbiw Williams joined forces with Queen to re-record We Are The Champions.

Williams revealed that it was absolutely amazing "being in  the recording booth with Roger Taylor and Brian May... And to be in the room with real history - proper history - felt absolutely incredible".

Afterward, they asked him to join the band, but he declined, noting that "even though I'm very confident here on the microphone," he has "very low self-esteem. And I just thought I'd save them the audacity of me even trying to step on a stage and be the same echelon as Freddie Mercury. He, to me, is angelic. He's godlike. It was just too scary."

Williams also admitted, with a wink, that the financial aspects didn't work out in his favor: "I was doing stadiums myself at the time. I didn't want to have to split it three ways, but that's another story."

You can watch the interview below.