In the new biography book named “Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury”, Lesley-Ann Jones (author of the book) revealed Jim Hudson’s rare interview with Evening Standard.
The interview shows that the untold story about how Michael Jackson ended his friendship with Freddie Mercury for the Queen icon’s drug problems.
Here is that part from the book:
“He has been a friend of ours for a long while,” explained Mercury, who visited King of Pop Michael Jackson at his mock-Tudor, pre-Neverland mansion on Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino, Calif. “He used to come and see our shows all the time, and that is how the friendship grew … just think, I could have been on Thriller. Think of the royalties I’ve missed out on!”
We had three tracks in the can [‘There Must Be More to Life Than This,’ which later appeared on Mercury’s first solo album; ‘Victory,’ which was featured on The Jackson 5’s 1984 comeback album Victory; and ‘State of Shock, which became a Jackson duet with Mick Jagger], but unfortunately they were never finished.
They were great songs, but the problem was time — as we were both very busy at that period . We never seemed to be in the same country long enough to actually finish anything completely. Michael even called me to ask if I could complete [‘State of Shock’], but I couldn’t because I had commitments with Queen. Mick Jagger took over instead. It was a shame, but ultimately a song is a song. As long as the friendship is there, that’s what matters.
Mercury subsequently fell out with Jackson because the U.S. star objected to Mercury taking too much cocaine in his living room.“
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