July 29, 2013


Unreleased Michael Jackson/Freddie Mercury Duets Coming This Fall

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According to the UK Times, those unreleased Freddie Mercury/Michael Jackson duets fans have been demanding for years are finally coming out this fall.

Although it's not exactly the most definitive confirmation, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor said there will be "something for folks to hear" of the Mercury/Jackson duets in the next couple of months.

Originally recorded in 1983, these sessions between the King of Pop and Queen never produced any finished product because of a llama. Yes, we're talking about the South American relative of the camel.

When Jackson—a noted animal over-enthusiast—brought a llama to his recording sessions with the classic rock outfit, Mercury decided he couldn't take it anymore. According to Mercury's manager, he received a call from the frontman saying, "You've got to get me out of here. I'm recording with a llama. I've had enough and I want to get out."

No word yet on whether the llama's vocal contributions made the final cut.

It's hard to say what to expect with this material, but keep in mind that Queen's unquestionably brilliant David Bowie duet "Under Pressure" came out of a jam session with the Thin White Duke. So what these guys and MJ came up with off-the-cuff could be legit incredible.