Queen guitarist Brian May spoke in an interview with Guitar World, and revealed the little-known guitar skills of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Brian also revealed the truth behind why Freddie Mercury refused to play guitar on stage when they were performing live show.

He said that ‘Freddie was very good on the guitar, very unorthodox – all downstrokes’, and continued:

“He wrote the riff for ‘Ogre Battle’ [from 1974’s ‘Queen II’]. I used to play it with up- and downstrokes, but he was all downstrokes. Imagine how fast his right hand was moving!

He had a frenetic energy on the guitar, which came across very well in that song. He played the rhythm on ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love.’ I wanted to sound as good as Freddie did on that record, which was damn good.

He kind of left the guitar after a while and concentrated more on the piano. In the latter days, he even left the piano behind. He just wanted to be a performer who ran around and had the freedom to be a frontman.”

You can listen to the song which Brian mentioned below. Click here for the source of the statement.