Brian May says the band have permission from Jackson’s estate to release the duets
Guitarist Brian May has revealed that Michael Jackson‘s estate have given the band permission to release a series of duets which they recorded with the late singer during the 1980s.
He told the Evening Standard: “Michael [Jackson] used to come and see us when we were on tour in the States. He and Freddie became close friends, close enough to record a couple of tracks together at Michael’s house, tracks which have never seen the light of day.”
Asked when they will come out, May replied: “(They’ll be ready) in the next year. We’ve been talking to Jackson’s estate and they’re happy.”
Queen have previously announced plans to release a new album of old demos featuring Mercury, with May revealing that he had been going through the band’s old material with drummer Roger Taylor to compile a selection of unreleased tracks for a forthcoming LP. It is unknown whether the Jackson duets will be released as part of this or not.