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Roger Taylor and Brian May pay tribute to relatively unknown former Queen member; Mike Grose was the band's first bass player before leaving music to start a career in haulage.

Byline: Marthe de ferrer

Queen's drummer and guitarist, Roger Taylor and Brian May, have paid respect to the legendary band's first bassist.

Mike Grose was a childhood friend of Roger Taylor, both hailing from Cornwall originally, before he joined Queen in 1970.

Both Taylor and May - who have had recent award-winning success with their film Bohemian Rhapsody about the rise of Queen - remembered Mike on Instagram,as reported by Cornwall Live.

Taylor shared a photograph of him and Mike in the early 1970s, writing: "So sad to hear about my old friend Mike Grose, who I first heard in a band called The Individuals, when we were both still at school. He always sounded huge. RIP."

Brian May's tribute to former bassist

May uploaded a photo of the band featuring Freddie Mercury and Mike, adding: "Mike Grose was Queen's first bass player. Around 1970, Roger invited him to come up to London from Cornwall to rehearse with us, putting those first songs together. He was a powerful figure, with powerful gear!

"His sound was massive and monolithic! In the end the liaison didn't work out, but we owe Mike gratitude for helping us take those first steps. RIP Mike. Bri."

Queen began as a band called Smile, featuring Taylor, May and a singer named Tim Staffell.

Soon a young Freddie Mercury, then known as Freddie Bulsara, joined as their new singer along with bassist Mike Grose and Queen was formed.

Roger Taylor's tribute to Mike Grose

Mike told author Rupert White about their first gig, describing Mercury's enthusiasm.

"Freddie put a lot into that first concert," said Mike, "I remember he jumped about all over the place, prancing about, a bit like Mick Jagger - but Freddie-style."

According to Mark Blake's Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen, Mike, unlike the other three members of the band, wasn't a student so had a day-job during the early years.

"Grose was used to working a day job and playing gigs in the evening," Blake wrote.

"Grose thought the band had potential but wasn't prepared to wait. He quit after a few months, returned to Cornwall, before forming his own haulage company and dropping out of the music scene."

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Mike was replaced by Barry Mitchell, and the band played a few shows in 1971 with Doug Bogie before the bassist most associated with Queen, John Deacon, joined in February 1971.

Mike ran a garage at Holmbush, St Austell.

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