Led Zeppelin to The Who: Queen drummer Roger Taylor on his musical influences (EXCLUSIVE)

Roger Taylor discusses chemistry with Queen bandmates in 2016

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It was 50 years ago that Queen’s final line-up in Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor was completed. The iconic rock band stormed the world of music and remain incredibly influential and popular to this day. And now, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Roger has shared some of his musical influences while growing up that helped shape him and the band.

The Queen drummer said: “When I was a young boy I loved The Shadows and I guess it was things like all the Blues on programs like Ready Steady Go!

“There were hundreds and hundreds of great bands in this country.”

The 71-year-old said with great certainty that Britain had the best rock groups in the world at that time, in what he called a “glorious period”.

Aside from The Shadows, Roger Taylor said: “It would be Jeff Beck, I loved the Yardbirds, and then after The Yardbirds obviously Led Zeppelin.”

Roger continued: “I always loved The Who. And The Kinks…not so much live but they made fabulous records.

“And then, of course, The Beatles underpinning it all.”

While on The King himself, he added: “I think Elvis influenced everybody, I was very young then.”

The Queen drummer was promoting his solo tour later this year, which is a venture The Who’s Roger Daltrey is also embarking on himself.

Upon hearing his namesake was also heading off on a solo tour, the Queen legend replied: “I didn’t know Roger was doing one as well! He’ll do well, he’s great, I love Roger.

“He’s such an underrated lead singer. I think he’s always been underrated really.”

While The Who star is travelling across the US, the Queen drummer will be touring in his native UK and performing some of his new music and more.

During the lockdowns, the 71-year-old has been working on his latest solo album called Outsider, in which he sings and plays pretty much all the instruments just like Sir Paul on McCartney III.

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It all started last year when Queen and Adam Lambert’s tour was postponed and Roger found himself stuck at home like the rest of us.

After recording and releasing his new single Isolation, he set to work on some more songs that eventually became Outsider.

Roger told us: “I’ve had a bit of a creative spurt and suddenly found myself with an album, which was lovely.

“It was a surprise! I just found myself in the studio and they came out one after the other. It was a pleasure really.”

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Roger continued: “I have a brass section on one track, I have one of my favourite guitar players on a couple of tracks. Apart from that, I played everything yeah. It was enjoyable.”

Outsider is released on October 1, which is also when the 71-year-old’s tour kicks off with 14 dates across the UK.

He teased: “It’s a very modestly pitched tour. I’m going to some fairly small venues and I just want to really enjoy it as I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be doing it. I reckon I can still do it so… [chuckles].”

And yes, the rock legend has also promised he will perform some of his Queen hits like Radio Ga Ga. To find out more about the tour and album, click here.

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