Phil Collins mentioned in an online chat with The Guardian recently that if he had been asked, he would have left Genesis to be The Who’s replacement for Keith Moon in 1978. Here are five musical collaborations that almost happened.
- Tom Petty and Dave Grohl. Following Nirvana’s demise in 1994, Tom nearly convinced Dave to join The Heartbreakers as their drummer. After performing on SNL with Tom, Dave decided to go forward with the solo demos he was working on. This was likely the wiser choice, as those demos evolved into the Foo Fighters.
- Michael Stipe and Kurt Cobain. In March 1994, recording time was set up for the pair in a last-ditch effort to get Kurt out of his funk. He had been suffering from severe depression, exacerbated by a heavy heroin addiction. Kurt was a huge R.E.M. fan, and the two frontmen became friends following Nirvana’s rocket to stardom in the early 90s. Sadly, Kurt never showed up, and committed suicide a few weeks later.
- David Bowie and Elvis Presley. Bowie’s 1975 hit, Golden Years, was originally offered to The King, but he turned it down. Two years later, Presley asked Bowie to produce his next record, but for some reason, the request never came to fruition.
- Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis. Prior to his death, Hendrix had made plans to work with the jazz great. In October 1969, Hendrix and Davis sent a telegram to Paul asking if he could come to New York with his bass for a recording session. Paul apparently was on holiday and never received the message. Who knows what kind of magic could have been created here.
- Prince and Michael Jackson. Michael’s hit song, Bad, was originally intended as a duet between the two superstars. Prince backed out because of one line in the song he was uncomfortable singing to Michael: “your butt is mine.”