The rock trio were speaking to NME ahead of their intimate performance at London’s Omeara for the nomination party for the VO5 NME Awards 2017.
When asked about the impact of losing so many great music icons over the last year, the band revealed that they once approached George Michael for an unlikely team-up on their acclaimed 2007 album ‘Puzzle’.
“Believe it or not, we tried to get George Michael on ‘Puzzle’ when we were recording it,” frontman Simon Neil told NME. “We love his voice, and at that time he was making really slow R&B. He obviously got back and said ‘I’m not at all interested’!”
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George Michael passed away on 25 December 2016. He was 53-years-old. A post-mortem to investigate his cause of death came back inconclusive. It has since been revealed that he planned to release a new album in 2017.
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