Roger Taylor: ‘My most treasured possession? A massive statue of Freddie’

Born in Norfolk, Roger Taylor, 72, is an original member of the band Queen, which formed in 1970. Their hits include Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and Radio Ga Ga. Taylor’s new solo album is Outsider, and he is currently on tour in the UK. The Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody European tour takes place next year. Taylor is married, has five children and lives in Surrey and Cornwall.

When were you happiest?
When I first heard one of our records on the radio.

What is your greatest fear?
Boredom.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Self-centredness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Self-centredness.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Forgetting the words to Radio Ga Ga on stage. I couldn’t remember the first line – I had a complete blank.

What is your most treasured possession?
The absolutely massive statue of Freddie [Mercury, the band’s late singer] that was outside the Dominion theatre in London. It was going into a warehouse somewhere and I thought, I’ll have it in my garden, please.

What makes you unhappy?
Mess.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My hair. I’d like more of it, please.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Well, Ben Hardy played me in Bohemian Rhapsody.

What is your most unappealing habit?
My wife says I drink too much. I like red wine.

What scares you about getting older?
David Bowie said he embraced getting old, but it’s the dying bit that was shit.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Gemma Arterton.

Which book are you ashamed not to have read?
Ulysses.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A guitarist.

What was the last lie that you told?
“You are looking very well, my dear.”

To whom would you most like to say sorry?
All my former girlfriends.

What does love feel like?
It comes in flashes, so it feels fleeting.

What was the best kiss of your life?
My first proper one with my girlfriend Jill, when I was 15 or 16.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Not getting solo records playlisted on the BBC.

If not yourself, who would you most like to be?
I’d like to be prime minister and rejoin Europe.

How often do you have sex?
It’s been so long, I can’t remember!

What would you like to leave your children?
To leave them happy and secure, but not to the point of being spoilt.

Would you rather have more sex, money or fame?
More sex and money would be good.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Stick at it.

What happens when we die?
Nothing – and, because of that, there’s nothing to fear.

Tell us a joke
I hate those Russian dolls, don’t you? They’re so full of themselves.