Freddie Mercury said two words to punk icon Sid Vicious from Sex Pistols in 1977 and it almost prompted a fight.

Vicious had a reputation of being a confrontational character but this didn't stop Freddie standing up to him when they had a chance meeting.

The Sex Pistols shook up the music scene at the time, trying to take down established acts at the time, with Queen firmly in their sights.

The two bands found themselves in the same recording space at Wessex Studios in London, with the Pistols laying down the tracks that would change many people's lives.

Queen were next door and and according to the band's roadie, Peter Hince, Vicious thought he would have a few words with Mercury and his bandmates.

Freddie Mercury almost had a fight with Sid Vicious

Writing in his book, Queen Unseen, Hince recalled: "Sid Vicious stumbled in, the worse for wear, and addressed Fred: ‘Have you succeeded in bringing ballet to the masses yet?’"

Freddie was no shrinking violet and was known for a cutting turn of phrase.

Hince wrote: "Fred casually got up, walked over to him and jibed: ‘Aren't you Stanley Ferocious or something?’"

Those two words were enough to incite Vicious but Freddie took the matter in hand.

Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols

Hince recalled: "Took him by the collar and threw him out."

Freddie tells a slightly different tale when he spoke about the incident.

The legendary frontman said in a TV interview: "I called him Simon Ferocious or something, and he didn't like it at all.

“I said, ‘What are you going to do about it?’"

Freddie continued: "He was very well marked. I said, ‘Make sure you scratch yourself in the mirror properly today, and tomorrow you're going to get something else.’

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“He hated the fact that I could even speak like that. I think we survived that test."

Drummer Roger Taylor was more to the point when recounting the moment that Sid interrupted the recording of News of the World, their sixth studio album.

He said: “Sid was a moron. He was an idiot.”

Freddie Mercury had a couple of sarcastic words for Sid Vicious

After making a huge impression on British life, Sid was to die of a drug overdose less than two years after punk exploded.

Freddie was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, keeping this information private.

He died on November 24, 1991 from bronchopneumonia, a complication brought on by AIDS.

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