Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury admired each others work. At the start of Queen’s ‘Greatest Flix’ VHS video (1981), it states that Freddie Mercury’s favorite group was the Jacksons. Michael Jackson was the lead singer of this group while his brothers provided backing vocals and instrumental accompaniment. Jackson on the other hand went to see a Queen concert in Los Angeles in early July 1980.
“He was at the QUEEN show that evening and came to see the band afterwards,” Peter Freestone (Freddie’s personal assistant) recalled. “He spent time with John Deacon and they talked about ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ which Michael says must be a single. He also spent time with Freddie. He was 22 years old and was like an excited teenager. He had really enjoyed the show and was still ‘up’ from it.”