In the beginning I was quite prepared to starve, which I did, and just make a go if it. You have to believe in yourself, no matter how long it takes.
I knew Queen was going to be huge – and we were. There was never a doubt in my mind. Never! I just knew we would make it and I told anyone who asked, just that. If you like the icing on top, and all the trimmings, you’ve got to have the confidence to get it. So, when Queen first formed, all of us were aiming for the top slot and we weren’t going to be content or satisfied with anything less. Hope for the best, and head for the top. That’s the only way to approach it. You have to have a lot of confidence to get on in this business. It’s useless saying that you don’t need that. If one starts saying, “Maybe I’m not good enough, maybe I’d better settle for second place,” then forget it.
We were full of confidence. You’ve got to have that. You have to have a kind of arrogance and absolute determination, as well as all the other obvious skills, like music. Arrogance is a very good thing to have when you’re starting out, and they means saying to yourselves that you’re going to be the number one group, not the number two group. We just had it in us. We all had a very big ego, as well.