One thing I didn't know about until relatively recently was that Freddie Mercury was asked by Michael Jackson to duet with him on the song "State of Shock".
This song later appeared on the Jackson's "Victory" album as a duet with Mick Jagger.
In fact MJ and Freddie were working on a few tracks together.
"I was going to be on Thriller," confirmed Freddie, before his death from an AIDS-related illness in November 1991. "We had three songs in the can but, unfortunately, they were never finished."
One of the songs that MJ and Freddie worked on was "There must be more to life than this." I found a rare recording of it on You tube. Take a listen to it. It is very catchy in that "We are the world" type of way. Speaking of "We are the world" Freddie was a big fan of the song.
MJ and Freddie did a demo for "State of Shock". During the demo process apparently (as the rumours go) Michael was none to pleased with Freddy's drug use in the studio and Freddy was swiftly replaced by Mick Jagger.
This recording is very rough but it gives you a glipse into what State of Shock may have been like with Freddie.
It kind of disappoints me that Freddy was given the boot. After all he is an infinitely better singer & performer than Mick Jagger (IMO).
Here is "State of shock" with Mick Jagger. It is an extended version because all the other versions on Youtube disable embedding.
Can I just have a rant and say if you don't want people to use your video just don't put it on You tube at all. If people want the video there are plenty of free converters out there. It just makes no sense to me.