Robbie Williams has revealed that he was asked to join Queen but ultimately turned it down because he considered the late Freddie Mercury ‘godlike’.
Williams recalled the opportunity came up in 2001 when he joined Queen to re-record “We Are the Champions” for the soundtrack to A Knight’s Tale.
After recording the track alongside Roger Taylor and Brian May which “felt absolutely incredible”, Williams said they asked him to join the band.
“…Even though I’m very confident here on the microphone,” Williams told SiriusXM, “[I had] 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 that there was another reason… namely, the financial side of things.
“I was doing stadiums myself at the time,” he said, with a wink. “I didn’t want to have to split it three ways, but that’s another story.”
Thing is, Williams 100% doesn’t regret the decision.
“Adam Lambert – if he wasn’t such a lovely person, which he is – I would just be terrified of him because of his pure talent,” Williams said.
“His voice is absolutely incredible. And he’s an incredible performer, and a lovely person to boot. I’m really pleased when I meet people that I’m just overawed by their talent – he gives me a talent hard-on – and they’re nice.
“It’s much better than meeting people that give you a talent hard-on and they’re assholes.
“You’re just like, ‘Oh, I hate everything you’ve done now.”