This is an interview with Kansas lead singer Steve Walsh i found on a fanpage. I really love Kansas but in some kind of way I dislike that Freddie is called an asshole by him. And the funny thing is: He also calles the rest of the Queen guys gay *lol* I don't know if this is a joke or if he really dislikes Freddie. What do you think?
So here's the interview part:
Tim: Hi Steve, Thanks for sharing your musical gifts throughout the years. My question is regarding the time that Kansas spent touring with Queen back in the 70s. In the past, I have read statements made by Kansas members that Kansas stage performances were somewhat influenced by watching Queen's shows during the early years. I have also seen pictures of Kansas members (at least of Kerry and Robby) hanging out backstage with Freddie and Co. I know that Roger Taylor sang backup vocals on Vinyl Confessions shortly after you left the band in the early 80s. Do you have any memories of the Kansas / Queen days that you would like to share with your fans? For example, are there any personal highlights of touring with them that stand out?
Steve: Yeah, Freddie was a complete asshole. The rest of the guys were great...gay(not that there's anything wrong with that), but great.
Kansas was a great progressive rock band. I love their stuff. So what if he thinks Freddie was an asshole? He was probably right! Judging by the stories I've heard about Freddie during soundchecks and backstage (what comes to mind first is the many temper tantrums), I'd have no reason to doubt Steve's words.
His general "prima donna" attitude was no secret. The best example I can think of was in '76 or '77 when he got angry backstage and broke a mirror over his personal assistant's head, and ordered him to clean it up.
And I think that was also the time they were touring with Kansas...
I would like to find out when this exactly was. It must have been in the 70s because Steve left Kansas in 1981.
Btw Kansas is still a great progressive rock band, saw them on tour last year it was amazing!