The lifelong friendship between Rod Stewart and Elton John is legendary. They love camping it up together and have pet female names for each other. It’s no surprise that they also enjoyed riotous nights with Freddie while he was alive. Freddie’s reason for loving Elton was quite simple: “The first time I met him he was wonderful, one of those people you can instantly get on with. He said he liked Killer Queen and anyone who says that goes in my white book. My black book is bursting at the seams!”
Freddie also enjoyed a cheeky dig at his ‘greedy’ friends: “I’m very fond of Rod and Elton. They both came to my last birthday party and sang happy birthday when the cake was wheeled in.
“I shouted out, “This is probably the first time the two of you have sung without being paid for it!”
New book Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words, is packed with hundreds of fabulous quotes from the Queen legend, arranged like an autobiography.
You can hear Freddie’s voice shine through, especially in hilarious passage when he talks about something that would absolutely blow music fans’ minds.
In one interview he revealed how close the world came to something utterly extraordinary.
Freddie said: “Elton and I have been friends for a long time, but we’ve never actually said to each other that one day we should probably go in there together and write a song.
“Rod Stewart, Elton John and I were going to form a band, once upon a time, called Hair, Nose and Teeth – after the three of us.
“We’d meet up from time to time at parties or dinners, and we just thought that we should sing together. But I think that getting three people like us in a studio would be like throwing in a bomb and waiting for it to explode.”
“It’s nice when you’ve had a lot of wine and you talk about it and say, “Yes, let’s do it,” but the next day, when you’re sober and Elton says, ‘I’m not gonna sing with Rod,” and Rod says, “I’m not gonna sing with Freddie,” and I say, “Well, I’m not gonna sing with Elton!’ you realise it’s never going to happen.
“Besides, none of our egos could agree on the order of the words! Naturally, I would want it to be called Teeth, Nose and Hair, and the others would want it the other way around.
“So there you go! But if it ever comes about, I will buy the album.”
Just imagine what might have happened…