Planet Mercury.

 

2 KINGS.

Michael Jackson and

Freddie Mercury.

Interesting Comparisons Revealed.

Kings.

Both Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson posed for photos wearing a crown and the traditional clothes associated with a King (see above).

Working Together.

Michael Jackson released a single called 'State Of Shock' (1984) which appeared on the Jacksons 'Victory' album (1984). Jackson first began working on this duet with Freddie Mercury but in the end Mick Jagger appeared on the final version. Jackson and Mercury also worked on two more songs 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' and 'Victory' but did not finish them.

Statues.

Both performers have had a statue created in their likeness (see below). Michael Jackson used a statue of himself to advertise his 'History' album (1995) while Freddie Mercury has a statue of himself in Switzerland as a tribute to his life.

Admiration.

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 favourite 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 LA, America.

Showmen/Entertainers.

Both performers have immense energy when on stage and use the best lights and props to give the best show possible.

Vests.

Both Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson have worn a white vest at some point in their career (see below).

Orchestras.

Freddie Mercury used an orchestra in the song 'Mr. Bad Guy' (1985) while Michael Jackson has orchestral sections in the songs 'Will You Be There' (1993) and 'Little Susie' (1995).

Rings.

Both Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury have been known to wear a ring on their right hand.

Dionne Warwick.

Jim Hutton's book 'Mercury and Me' (1994) states that Freddie once met Dionne Warwick (below) who had been one of his idols since childhood page 118. Dionne Warwick also sang with Michael Jackson on the charity single 'We Are The World' (1985). 

The Press.

Both artists have sang songs which have described their distrust of the press. Michael Jackson sang the song 'Tabloid Junkie' (1995) while Freddie Mercury sang the song 'Scandal' (1989).

Drugs.

Both artists have took some form of drugs during their career. Michael Jackson became addicted to painkillers during a low point in his life while Freddie Mercury was known to take cocaine at his lavish private parties. 

Motorbikes.

Michael Jackson rode a motorbike during the song 'Speed Demon' from his film 'Moonwalker' (1988), while Freddie Mercury sat on a motorbike during the Queen music video 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' (1979) (see below).

Films.

Both Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson have been associated with films. Freddie Mercury and Queen wrote and performed songs for 'Highlander' (1986) and 'Flash Gordon' (1980) which were their most famous soundtracks. Michael Jackson on the other hand, has acted, and also sang in his films 'Moonwalker' (1988) and 'Ghosts' (1997).

Backgrounds.

Both artists have African origins and so-called 'non-Western' backgrounds. Michael Jackson's ancestors came from Africa while Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar (Tanzania) in Africa.

Slash.

Slash (below), the former guitarist from 'Guns n' Roses' often performed with Michael Jackson and also performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (1992).

Releases.

Both artists have released songs as part of a group and as solo performers. Michael Jackson performed with the Jackson 5 while Freddie Mercury performed with Queen.

Perfectionists.

Both are known as perfectionists.

Sunglasses.

Both Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury have worn shiny mirror sunglasses (see below).

Bad.

Both Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury have called themselves 'bad.' Michael Jackson called his album and single 'Bad' in 1987 and Freddie Mercury called his first solo album 'Mr. Bad Guy' in 1985.

Videos.

Michael Jackson secretly recorded a celebrity gathering for his music video ‘Liberian Girl’ (1989) while Freddie Mercury recorded one of his parties secretly for his music video ‘Living On My Own’ (1985).

Jackets.

Both wear military style clothing such as military jackets and sometimes have a stripe running down their trousers (see below).

LA Gear Shoes.

According to the book 'The Ultimate Queen' (1998) page 187, the Queen song 'We Will Rock You' (1977) was used by LA Gear Shoes in a US advert. Michael Jackson also advertised this company in the late 1980's.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Michael Jackson has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in America and so has Freddie Mercury as a member of Queen.

Elizabeth Taylor.

Elizabeth Taylor (below) was one of Michael Jackson's closest friends, she also appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992.

Charity.

Both artists have been charitable and have both helped raise money to feed those suffering in the Ethiopian famine in the 1980's. To assist this cause, Michael Jackson helped organize the song 'We Are The World' (1985) which he also added his vocals to along with other artists, while Freddie Mercury appeared at Live Aid in 1985.

Music Videos As An Art Form.

Both performers have pioneered the use of the music video as an art form. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (1975) by Queen uses special effects like a film and as a result some consider it to be the first music video. 'Thriller' (1983) by Michael Jackson took music videos a step further and incorporated his music with a fourteen minute horror film.

Long Hair.

Both Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury have had long hair at some time during their careers (see below).

Christmas Songs.

Both stars have made songs for the Christmas market. Freddie Mercury/Queen released their own Christmas song 'Thank God It's Christmas' (1984) while the Jackson 5 released the 'Jackson 5 Christmas Album' (1970) full of traditional Christmas songs.

Christmas Number One.

Along with Queen, Freddie Mercury had a Christmas number one with the single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (1975), Michael Jackson also hit the number one spot at Christmas with the single 'Earth Song' (1995).

Madame Tussaud's.

Both performers have been immortalized in wax by Madame Tussaud's, the British wax work model creators (see below).

Policemen.

Both performers have worn policeman's hats while performing in concert. Michael Jackson wore one of these hats while performing with the Jacksons at the Rainbow Theatre, London, UK 1978. Freddie Mercury also wore a policeman's hat while performing with Queen at Wembley Stadium, London, UK 1986. 

'Another One Bites The Dust.'

In the VHS video 'Queen Magic Years - Volume Two' (1987), Roger Taylor from the band said Michael Jackson recommended that they release this single.

Magic.

Michael Jackson often used magic to disappear during his concerts while Freddie Mercury appeared to have magical powers when he made chairs float in the air during his music video 'A Kind Of Magic' (1986).

 

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Michael and Freddie together.

Michael holds up a magazine featuring Queen on the cover.

 

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Success.

Both have been hugely successful and have undertaken world tours filling stadiums around the world which have made millions of pounds/dollars. They have also been the first Western artists to appear in parts of Central Europe.

Brit Awards.

In 1992 Queen received a Brit Award for the Best Single of 1991, 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives.' In 1996 Michael Jackson also received 'The Artist Of A Generation Award'. Funnily enough it was presented to him by Bob Geldof who also organized the Live Aid (1985) concert which Queen appeared in.

Jimi Hendrix.

Both performers have stated Jimi Hendrix (below) as one of their idols.

Walk Of Fame.

Both Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

Children.

Both Michael and Freddie have used children to imitate themselves in their music videos (see below). The music videos are Michael Jackson's 'Baby Bad' from the 'Moonwalker' film (1988) and Queen's 'The Miracle' (1989) video.

Androgyny.

Both artists have had an androgynous image which means their appearance has blurred the conventional/traditional barriers surrounding gender, race and age in society.

Leather.

Both performers have worn leather while performing (see below). Michael Jackson wore leather for the filming of his 'Bad' (1987) music video while Freddie Mercury wore leather offstage and also onstage especially in the late 1970's.

Torches.

Both artists have had the emblem of the torch at their concerts. An Olympic style torch was seen in the Jacksons 'Victory Tour' (1984) and was also seen during Queen's 'Magic Tour' (1986).

Stubble.

Both Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury have appeared with stubble at some period in their careers (see below).

Guinness Book Of World Records.

Both have appeared in the Guinness Book Of World Records, Freddie Mercury/Queen for the single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (1975) and Michael Jackson for his album 'Thriller' (1982).

Lisa Marie.

In the early Eighties, Queen hired Elvis Presley's last private jet named 'Lisa Marie'. Freddie Mercury was also given a scarf by Lisa Marie (below) which belonged to her father Elvis. Later Michael Jackson married and soon divorced the daughter of Elvis.

Hands.

While performing both artists have decorated one of their hands, Michael Jackson has worn one glove while Freddie Mercury has decorated one hand with nail varnish.

Jennifer Holliday.

Freddie Mercury went to see Jennifer Holliday (below) perform live and met her, while Michael Jackson lent his vocals to her song 'You're The One' (1985).

Body Language.

Freddie Mercury sang a song called 'Body Language' on the Queen album 'Hot Space' (1982) while Michael Jackson sang a song called 'Body Language (Do The Love Dance)' on the Jackson 5 album 'Moving Violation' (1975).

Elton John.

Elton John (below) was a friend of Freddie Mercury and sang at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992. Michael Jackson was also a friend of Elton John's and Michael dedicated the song 'Blood On The Dance Floor' (1997) to him.

Banned Music Videos.

Queen's music video 'Body Language' (1982) was banned by MTV for being too raunchy. Michael Jackson's 'Black or White' (1991) video was also very controversial as towards the end it featured vandalism and sexual gestures, this part was later edited out. Furthermore Michael Jackson's 'In The Closet' (1992) video was banned in South Africa.

Logos.

Both performers have been represented by a logo (see below). Michael Jackson has used the initials 'MJ' to represent himself while Freddie Mercury along with Queen used their star signs to represent their identities.

Watches.

Both Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury prefer not to wear a watch.

Star Signs - Part 1.

Both Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are the same star sign; Virgo.

Star Signs - Part 2.

Freddie Mercury was born in 1946 while Michael Jackson was born in 1958. According to the Chinese horoscope, people born in these years are born in the year of the dog.

Trip Khalaf.

The sound engineer Trip Khalaf (below) worked with Queen on their 'Magic Tour' in 1986, he also worked with Michael Jackson during his 'Dangerous Tour' in 1992/3.

Animation.

In Michael Jackson's 'Moonwalker' (1988) film, animation was used to bring to life clay models, in the Queen video 'A Kind Of Magic' (1986) animation was also used to move cartoon dancers.

Hats.

Both performers have been known to wear fedora style hats (see below).

Spain.

A very rare record features Michael Jackson singing the song ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ (1987) in Spanish. Freddie Mercury also partly sang in Spanish in the Queen song ‘Las Palabras De Amor’ (1982).

David Bowie.

Along with Queen, Freddie Mercury recorded the song 'Under Pressure' (1981) with David Bowie (below), while Michael Jackson's music video 'Remember The Time' (1992) featured David Bowie's wife Iman.

Deaths.

Both stars died at quite a young age. Freddie Mercury died at 45 in 1991 and Michael Jackson died at 50 in 2009. These two stars will never grow old so some people would say they have a sense of immortality.

Final Albums.

The last albums released by both performers began with the letter 'I'.  The last album officially released in Freddie Mercury's lifetime was the Queen album 'Innuendo' while Michael Jackson's was 'Invincible'.

 

From left to right: Michael, Freddie and John Deacon of Queen.

Michael and Freddie, a photo created by myself.

 

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Photo Sources: Pyramid Postcards, Michael Jackson's 'History' album cover, Queen's 'Made In Heaven' album booklet, King Magazine Issue 25, King Magazine Issue 24, OK Magazine Issue 241, The Visual Documentary (1997) by Adrian Grant Omnibus Press, Queen Greatest Pix II (1991) by Richard Gray Imp Books, Queen A Visual Documentary (1986) by Ken Dean Omnibus Press.

 

 

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