Freddie Mercury walked out of recording sessions with Michael Jackson for their proposed collaboration, 'There Must Be More To Life Than This', because the King of Pop insisted on bringing his pet chimpanzee Bubbles to the sessions.
The two late music icons came together nearly 30 years ago to duet on 'There Must Be More To Life Than This', an uncompleted track that had been left in a vault to gather dust.
The song - released this week - was eventually discovered by Freddie's Queen bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor who decided to complete it with the help of producer William Orbit and include it on new compilation LP 'Queen Forever'.
In an upcoming new book by showbiz writer David Wigg - who knew Freddie Mercury well - he reveals: ''Freddie got very angry because Michael made Bubbles sit between them and would turn to the chimp between takes and ask, 'Don't you think that was lovely?' Or, 'Do you think we should do that again?' After a few days of this, Freddie just exploded ... 'I'm not performing with a f***ing chimp sitting next to me each night.'
''He phoned his manager and told him to 'get me out of this zoo.' Freddie then flew back to London, leaving the track musically unfinished.''
'There Must Be More to Life Than This' was first penned by Freddie in 1981 and he worked on it with Michael in 1984 in Los Angeles.
A version of the song did appear on Freddie's 1985 solo album 'Mr. Bad Guy' in 1985.
Talking about the finished duet, Orbit recently said: ''Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.''
Two other previously unheard tracks which appear on 'Queen Forever', Giorgio Moroder collaboration 'Love Kills' and 'Let Me In Your Heart Again' which was written by Brian May.
As the second month of 2021 gets ever nearer we take a look at the new releases that are set to delight our ears over the coming weeks.
"With great regret, we must announce that this year's Glastonbury Festival will not take place," came the not altogether unexpected announcement from...
Here's what the public had to say about the death of Phil Spector.
Lana Del Rey takes her 60s vintage aesthetic to the extreme with the video for new single 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club'.
As negotiations continue, it's clear that the UK government doesn't have everyone's best interests at heart.
The singer awkwardly responded to potential backlash regarding her new album cover.
Five years ago, on the day of his 69th birthday and two days before his death, David Bowie released his 25th, and final studio album, 'Blackstar'.