Calling all music lovers! This is an occasion to celebrate. Three decades after the pairing of two of music’s greatest icons, Michael Jackson and Queen front-man Freddie Mercury, we shall finally hear the fruits of their labor.
Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen are currently remastering the work that the two dead legends created. They have promised that within two months, there will be “something for folks to hear.”
May, Queen’s guitarist, classified the project as: “Exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.”
Just thinking about the potential gets me giddy; a sentiment that is shared by music lovers round the world.
A falling-out between the power-pair in the early 1980s is likely the reason it has taken upwards of 30 years for the duets to be released. It is believed that they spent only one session together where they recorded three tracks in six hours at Michael’s home in Encino.
May confirmed in 2011 that Jackson’s estate had granted authorization for him to take the project under his wing and remaster the recordings alongside Taylor. The pair have enlisted producer William Orbit, who has credits with Blur and Madonna.
It is rumored that May will be adding a personal touch with guitar solos and Queen-esque vocals.
In response to a fan via his blog, May stated: “There are a few items in progress. We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months’ time, hopefully.”
Mercury passed at the age of 45 in 1991 from an AIDs-related ailment. Jackson passed in 2009 at the age of 50 from cardiac arrest caused by drug abuse, respectively.
A source close to the Jackson family believes that the rift that ensued after the recordings was due to their incapability to nail down a second session.