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13 Rock Stars Who Disappeared

From David Bowie to D'arcy Wretzky, a guide to musicians who have left the spotlight behind
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John Deacon
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John Deacon

Queen bassist John Deacon wrote some of the band's most beloved songs, including "Another One Bites The Dust," "I Want To Break Free" and "You're My Best Friend." He participated in the Freddie Mercury tribute show in 1992 and he joined his surviving bandmates and Elton John to perform "The Show Must Go On" in 1997. After that, he basically fell off the face of the earth. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have performed as Queen numerous times in the past 15 years (even touring the world and releasing a new album with Paul Rodgers), but Deacon has declined to participate in any of it. There aren't even any recent photos of him that we can find.

Barrett Scale: 9. Deacon has done an extraordinary job of being a rock recluse.  He didn't attend Queen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he seems to have decided that Queen died with Freddy Mercury. Maybe playing the bass parts to "Tie Your Mother Down" with Adam Lambert just isn't his idea of a good time.

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