Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury, two of the most flamboyant and legendary pop-stars in the game, decided to collaborate in hopes of creating something exciting and new. Both singers were steadliy climbing up the ladder of success at the time; MJ had just released Thriller a year prior, which was tagged as 'The Best Album of All Time', winning him 8 Grammys, while Queen had just released their 9th studio album and first compliation album. Additionally, Freddie released 'Under Pressure' with David Bowie, which ended up being one of the greatest songs of the 80's.
In the turbulent chaos of spotlight and fame came a fusion of the two brightest lights in the pop kingdom.
According to Brian May (the guitarist of Queen), the three songs were recored in a single session in 1983 due to petty problems that arose during studio time; we are not surprised that the combination of such energies proved slightly problematic. It's like pouring lava into an already exploding volcano and expecting it to cool.
What was the issue? Well, Jackson reportedly brought a llama into the studio. Totally normal. Jim "Miami" Beach, Queens manager recalls that Mercury's reaction to the llama was a little uneasy, "Mercury rang me and said: 'Miami, dear, can you get over here? You've got to get me out of here, I'm recording with a llama,'" said Beach.
The songs,"There Must Be More to Life Than This," "State of Shock" and "Victory", have been confirmed by May to be released this fall.
Freddie. MJ. And A Llama. That's the ultimate recipe for pop success if I've ever heard one.