John Deacon Autograph Fender Pickguard Queen
John Deacon Autograph Fender Pickguard Queen. Hand signed in black marker obtained July 2016. The cellophane is still on the scratch plate.
John Richard Deacon (born 19 August 1951) is an English retired musician, best known for being the bass guitarist for the rock band Queen. Composed several singles for the group—including Top 10 hits “You’re My Best Friend”. “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Back Chat”, and “I Want to Break Free”.
Deacon grew up in Oadby, Leicestershire, playing bass in a local band. The Opposition, before studying electronics at Chelsea College, London. Joined Queen in 1971 on the strength of his musical and electronic skills. Particularly the home-made Deacy Amp which guitarist Brian May used to create guitar orchestras throughout Queen’s career. From the third album; Sheer Heart Attack, onwards, he wrote at least one song per album, several of which became hits.
Following frontman Freddie Mercury‘s death in 1991, and the following year’s Tribute Concert, Deacon only performed a few times with the surviving members of Queen before retiring from the music industry in 1997 after recording “No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)”.
Upset by Mercury’s death in November 1991. He later said, “As far as we are concerned, this is it. There is no point carrying on. It is impossible to replace Freddie. After playing live with Queen three more times – at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS on 20 April 1992. A charity gig with Roger Taylor on 18 October 1993, and at the opening of the Bejart Ballet in Paris on 17 January 1997. Performing only “The Show Must Go On” with Elton John on vocals – he made the decision to retire from music. Re-appearing only briefly by joining his former bandmates October 1997 for the recording of the final Queen song “No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)”.