Freddie Mercury quit the much discussed Michael Jackson collaboration due to the Kind Of Pop insisting his pet ape was present at all the recording sessions.
The two legends of music originally came together to work on 'There Must Be More To Life Than This', an uncompleted track that was confined to the vaults. It has now been ressurected for release this week on Queen Forever, compiled by Brian May and Roger Taylor, who enlisted the help of William Orbit on production.
In an extract from his new book, close friend and showbiz writer David Wigg has detailed why the collaboration never previously saw the light of day.
''Freddie got very angry because Michael made Bubbles sit between them and would turn to the chimp between takes and ask, 'Don't you think that was lovely?' Or, 'Do you think we should do that again?' After a few days of this, Freddie just exploded ... 'I'm not performing with a f***ing chimp sitting next to me each night.'
''He phoned his manager and told him to 'Get me out of this zoo." Freddie then flew back to London, leaving the track musically unfinished.''