The Legendary Duet: Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson

The Birth of an Iconic Collaboration

The music world witnessed the ultimate collaboration when Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen, teamed up with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Their friendship began backstage at a Queen concert in Los Angeles, where a 25-year-old Michael Jackson expressed his admiration for Freddie Mercury, who was then 37. Over the years, their bond grew stronger, built on mutual respect and a shared passion for music.

The Creative Process and Challenges

In 1983, the duo started working on demos in Jackson’s home studio, including the song “There Must Be More To Life Than This,” originally intended for Queen’s 1982 album “Hot Space.” Despite the promise of their collaboration, challenges arose. Mercury became uncomfortable with Jackson’s work ethic and peculiarities, such as the presence of his pet llama in the studio. Additionally, Jackson’s dissatisfaction with Mercury’s lifestyle choices led to tension between the two.

The Unfinished Symphony

The collaboration was cut short, and the tracks remained unreleased for years. In 1985, Mercury revisited one of the songs, releasing a solo version on his debut album “Mr. Bad Guy.” It wasn’t until after the deaths of both Mercury (1991) and Jackson (2009) that their joint version of “There Must Be More To Life Than This” was finally unveiled. Featured on Queen’s 2014 album “Queen Forever,” the track showcased the original backing by Queen members and was produced by William Orbit, bringing the long-awaited collaboration to life.

Discover the legendary duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson in “There Must Be More To Life Than This.” Watch the video below to experience the magic of their combined talents!