Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Out this fall: Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson duets

Michael Jackson spent time in the studio with Queen's Freddie Mercury, a collaboration that ended when the two had a falling out.

Three decades later, three of the duets they recorded in Jackson's Encino, Calif., home studio may finally be released.

Queen guitarist Brian May has been fleshing out the tunes with bandmate Roger Taylor and producer William Orbit. The Jackson estate granted May access to the 1983 tapes in 2011, and he's been tweaking since then, layering the demos with additional guitar lines and vocal harmonies.

"There are a few items in progress," May wrote on his blog, Bri's Soapbox. "We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months' time, hopefully."

He describes the project as "exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool."

The tracks are likely to include new guitar solos from Brian May along with Queen-style vocal harmonies.