Three duets starring pop legends Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury will be released later this year, exactly three decades after they were recorded in Jackson's home studio in Encino, California.
Queen guitarist Brian May is working with longtime band mate Roger Taylor and producer William Orbit to put the finishing touches on the recordings. In 2011, May was given permission to access the 1983 session by the Jackson estate. For the past two years he has been working with Taylor and Orbit to resurrect the recordings, reportedly adding new guitar solos and vocal harmonies reminiscent of those made famous by Mercury, who died in 1991. Jackson passed away in 2009.
Shortly following the Encino recordings, Mercury and Jackson reportedly had a falling out. According to Jim "Miami" Beach, Queen's manager, the two split ways after Jackson brought a llama into the studio.