Writing the charity anthem ‘We Are The World,’ with Michael Jackson was a terrifying experience for Lionel Richie – because he didn’t realise Michael’s pet python had escaped in the room where they were creating music magic.
Lionel recalls he and Michael were close to completing the ‘USA For Africa’ song, when he saw something slithering out the corner of his eye.
He says, “As I glance over my shoulder I’m looking into the face of a yellowish python. I am screaming like the last horror movie… and he (Michael) goes, ‘Oh my God, there he is. Y’know Lionel, he was lost in the room. I knew he was here somewhere.’
“I said to him, ‘Michael, are you telling me you had a python in your room…?’ He said, ‘He’s been lost for a week.’ ”