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Michael JacksonLove Survives: Michael Jackson, The Addict? 31-07-'13

Being an an addict or drug dependent person doesn’t mean the person is always a practicing addict or using and taking drugs. It Just means they have addiction or dependency health issues and can easily relapse back into that behavior. Addiction is an illness, not a question of ones character.

Michael himself admitted he had a problem with addiction and dependency in 1993 and with the help of his good friend Elizabeth Taylor checked into a rehabilitation center.

Sadly MJ would never be afforded the opportunity to attend a 12 step program group or similar programs to continue therapy and help . (He was too famous to have privacy in doing that) But one of the Drs’ testified that Michael was given and following a 12 step program along with his narcan implant and he said it was helping him at that time.

We heard from several Doctors that Michael reached out for help and didn’t want to be dependent on these pain medications. We know he wasn’t always taking these drugs and was successful many times in getting free from them. but the sad truth is, because of his Great fame he wasn’t able to get the proper help that is afforded to so many millions of others who also suffer from addiction or dependency. He was alone in fighting his battles. Michael said sometimes he felt like the loneliest person in this world. I believe he was most of the time, because of his great fame, he was alienated from the world and so many things we take for granted.

Based on evidence presented, Michael wasn’t abusing pain medications in the later years of his life and at death his autopsy didn’t show any signs of abuse from prescription drugs or any recreational drugs.

Regardless this has NOTHING to do with who he was as a person, as a humanitarian, Great artist and entertainer. With all the trials and tribulation he faced these are indeed awesome accomplishments, which should be awarded, lauded and applauded.

Michael Jackson was a very kind, generous, gentle, genius and artist. The best entertainer to ever grace this planet with with childlike heart of gold to match… and truth be told,

The World at large Loves Michael Jackson and always will.

Source: Im 4 MJ Blogspot / Billie Jean


Traditional Thai Puppetry Meets Michael Jackson. 31-07-'13

Hun Lakorn Lek – a traditional form of puppetry in Thailand – meets Michael Jackson in this performance by the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre at an official reception for China’s Ambassador to Thailand in Bangkok in January. If you’d like to see more Michael Jackson puppets, check out all of the previous posts about Michael Jackson on PuppetVision.

 

See more MJ puppet videos here.

Source: Puppet Vision Blog / Billie Jean


Michael Was To Pair With Mickey Mouse In Music Video. 30-07-'13

Were Michael Jackson & Mickey Mouse actually supposed to team up for a music video back in the 1980s? Profiles in History has the proof.

But if I had to pick the one item from Wednesday's animation art auction that is the true gem, that one thing which Disney enthusiasts & pop culture fans are going to completely lose their minds over, I'd have to say that it was Item No. 374. Which is this set of 12 story boards for a never-shot music video which was to have started Michael Jackson & Mickey Mouse.

Yep, back in the late 1980s, the King of Pop wanted to do what his idol -- screen legend Gene Kelly -- had never been able to pull off. And that was dance with the world's most famous cartoon mouse.

Michael with Mickey Mouse Music Video Concept

Source: Jim Hill Media / Billie Jean


Bad Tour'Bad Tour’ Screening In London 29-07-'13

The ‘Bad’ tour at Wembley which will be shown at the O2 Academy in Islington, London.

Ever wondered what it would be like to see some of the greatest live acts ever on the big screen? Well, look no further as London’s No.1 outdoor cinema Rooftop Film Club (screenings shown inside) brings you the gig-tastic, all standing, lighter waving Cine Gigs; a brand new film and music experience like no other.

The Cine Gig Tour starts at the famous O2 Academy Islington with a very special concert style indoor screening of the legendary ’Michael Jackson, Live at Wembley’ coming to you on the 8th August from the world famous ‘Bad’ tour filmed back in 1988.

They return on the 19th September, 2013 with the grunge gods of the 90s, the one only…’Nirvana, Live at Reading 92′.

This is the launch of their Cine-Gigs series (Cinema and Gigs, of course!) where they bring legendary gigs back to the cinema screen and transport you and hundreds of music revellers back to this golden age of pop.

Fancy dress is always encouraged so strap on those air guitars, don those wigs and shades and get ready to rock out!

Grab your tickets now from www.experiencecinema.com for this legendary tour, more dates coming very soon.

Rock out and book your tickets NOW! Cine Gigs presents Michael Jackson, Live at Wembley ‘88
•O2 Academy Islington
•Tickets: £12.00 for adults
•Screening: 8th August, 2013
•Times: Doors: 7pm – Screening: 8pm
•Nearest Tube/Rail: Angel or Highbury and Islington
•Cine-Gigs @ O2 Islington Academy: N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, N1 0PS Street
•For Tickets and further information please visit www.experiencecinema.com

Source: Experience Cinema / Billie Jean


Bad News Hurt Michael Jackson's Earning Potential, Says Eric Briggs. 29-07-'13

Eric BriggsNegative headlines about drugs and sex abuse charges greatly diminished Michael Jackson's earning potential, an entertainment consultant said.

Jackson's album sales dropped sharply from his peak and his "likability" rating turned dramatically negative after "significantly negative headlines, drug abuse and other issues," Eric Briggs testified.

Briggs' testimony in the wrongful death trial of AEG Live is intended to counter an expert hired by Jackson lawyers who concluded the pop icon would have earned another $1.5 billion from world tours had he not died while preparing for his comeback concerts.

AEG Live placed a big bet on Jackson's ability to sell tickets when it signed him to a three-year deal for his "This Is It" tour. While the company worked hard to convince Jackson in 2009 to let them produce and promote the concerts, it paid Briggs more than $700,000 to prepare testimony for this trial questioning Jackson's star power.

In fact, AEG Live executives bragged at the time about how Jackson's first 50 London concerts sold out in record time with enough potential buyers lined up to sell out another 50 shows.

If a jury decides that AEG Live is liable for Jackson's death, his lost earnings potential would factor into their determination of damages to be paid by the concert promoter.

Michael Jackson's mother and three children are suing AEG Live, contending it negligently hired, retained or supervised the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in his death.

AEG Live lawyers argue that Jackson, not their executives, chose and controlled Dr. Conrad Murray and that they had no way of knowing about the dangerous treatments he was giving Jackson in the privacy of his bedroom.

They contend the singer was so deceptive and secretive about his medical treatments and drug use that even his family did not know. To help make their case, they'll play video of Jackson's youngest brother Randy being questioned about it. His testimony is expected to be shown to jurors after Brigg's testimony is concluded Wednesday.

Jackson's oldest sister Rebbie and ex-wife Debbie Rowe are also lined up to testify in the coming days. AEG Live is compelling their testimony, hoping to get revelations about Jackson's drug use.

Tuesday marks the 59th day of testimony in the trial, which the judge said could take another six weeks in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Briggs testified that he studied "Q score" data for Jackson, the trend of his album sales and his stability to conclude that Jackson had a low chance of earning money from endorsements and sponsorships.

An entertainment industry analyst hired by Jackson lawyers testified he was "reasonably certain" Jackson would have earned $300 million from endorsements and sponsorships.

Briggs disputed the estimate, saying that while Jackson was "a great performer" companies decide which celebrities to align their products with based on "likability" as measured by "Q scores."

Jackson's "Q score" in 1993 was in line with the average male musical performer, with about one person of every two surveyed saying they liked him, Briggs said. That was the year Jackson announced he had a problem with painkillers, and he entered rehab.

His score became dramatically negative over the next decade, Briggs said. By 2006, a year after he was acquitted in a child molestation trial, more than seven people said they disliked Jackson for every one who said they liked him, Briggs testified.

Companies would be "very anxious" about putting someone with such negative "likability" next to their products, he said.

Jackson lawyer Brian Panish will have a chance to question Briggs about his conclusions Tuesday.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


Michael’s Car At Auction. 29-07-'13

The Hollywood Reporter is covering an auction of vehicles driven, or owned by Hollywood celebrities, including Michael. It takes place on August 1st through to August 3rd in Burbank during the Auctions America sale.

The Auctions America event covers “A pristine collection of cars with a deep and storied Hollywood lineage.

In developing the Burbank auction, we knew that the ties to Hollywood would be a primary focus as people are really interested in the cars of the stars,” said Alexander Weaver, car specialist at Auctions America. “Also, Burbank is the epic-enter of car culture, and it’s pretty special we’re having the auction here.”

Ferrari Testarossa Spider (1986)

Of course the star of the show for all Michael’s fans will be the custom 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider, with an estimate of $100,000 – $125,000, which was used by Michael Jackson in a mid-’80s Pepsi commercial.

Many other stars’ cars will be sold, including Steve McQueen’s pristine 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow with an estimate of $75,000 – $100,000, which was driven by him in the original ‘The Thomas Crown Affair.’

Jay Leno will be giving commentary during Saturday afternoon’s festivities.

Source: Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


In The Studio With MJ – Brad Sunberg – Orlando, FL – August 31, 2013. 29-07-'13

In The Studio With MJFour studio albums. Countless sessions. Video mixes. Dance mixes. Three world tours. A ranch called “Neverland.” This was Brad Sundberg’s life and career for nearly 18 years, working closely with the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. This is your chance to hear of the music, the stories behind the music, and what it was like to be a part of Michael’s team. This is a one-of-a-kind music, photo and video-filled seminar.

Brad had the opportunity to work closely in the studio and at Neverland Valley Ranch with Michael Jackson. He was Michael’s technical director and one of the engineers on four studio albums including “Bad”, “Dangerous”, “HIStory”, and “Blood On The Dance Floor.” (Michael even gave Brad the nickname “Really, Really Brad”.) These mammoth projects (including production, tour-prep and countless remixes) took upwards of 16 months each. You will see and hear what it was like to be in the studio with Michael and the team of engineers and producers who created these songs, through a carefully crafted timeline of music, video and behind-the-scenes info. From “Captain EO” to “Man In The Mirror” to “Smile”, Brad was there, and you will hear about the production process.

Additionally, Michael tapped him to help in the early days of designing and building Neverland Valley Ranch, his incredible home. The ranch was filled with rides, music and surprises waiting to be discovered. He commissioned Brad to bring music to virtually ever corner. Michael would even give him specific play lists for certain areas of the ranch, to create just the right environment.

Brad is generous with his insights and knowledge, and there will be time for questions. If you are a fan of Michael’s music, or are curious about how those albums were recorded and the staggering amount of tapes, tracks and time invested, you will want to attend “In The Studio With Michael Jackson.”

Details: The event will be offered on August 31, 2013, at 12 PM . There are a limited number of tickets available for the 12PM session which will include a catered dinner with Brad. This will include one of Michael’s favorite “studio meals” and give you extra time to ask questions and hear a bit more about their time working together.

Note that cell phones, video and audio recorders of any kind will not be permitted into the event, but may be checked at the door.

In the unlikely event that the seminar is cancelled, ticket price will be refunded.

Source: In The Studio with MJ.ticketbud / Billie Jean


MJ Day 2013 - 4th Annual Michael Jackson Celebration. 29-07-'13

Since MJ’s passing in 2009, Dominic Redd aka DJ Dredd has commemorated MJ’s birthday with DC’s biggest MJ celebration, featuring all the hits, remixes, rare cuts and videos by MJ and the Jackson Family. Joining Dredd this year will be Grap Luva (host) and John Bowen aka Video Killers (video mix).

Location: 815 V St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Time: 7:00PM

Ticket and other information: 930

4th Annual Michael Jackson Celebration

Source: 930 Club / Billie Jean


Michael And Freddie Duets To Be Officially Released Three Decades After They Were Recorded.
28-07-'13

Duets featuring Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are finally set to be officially released, three decades after they were recorded.

Mercury’s former bandmates, Brian May and Roger Taylor, are working on tracks featuring the two superstars and have promised ‘something for folks to hear’ in two months.

Guitarist May described working on the sessions this month as: ‘Exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.’

The prospect of pop’s two greatest showmen combining in a musical reprise is a mouth-watering prospect for fans around the world.

Michael and Freddie

Yet ironically the pair fell out after a collaboration in the early 1980s.

In what is thought to have been their only session together, they recorded three songs during six hours spent at Jackson’s home studio in Encino, California.

In 2011, May confirmed the Jackson estate had given permission for him to revamp the trio of recordings with Taylor and the pair have brought in US-based music producer William Orbit, who has worked with Madonna and Blur.

The tracks are likely to include new guitar solos from May along with Queen-style vocal harmonies.

Writing on his blog in reply to a fan, May, 66, said: ‘There are a few items in progress. We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months’ time, hopefully.’

Jackson died in 2009, aged 50. Mercury died, aged 45, in 1991.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Dr.Conrad MurrayFormer Doctor Of Michael Jackson Granted Early Release. 27-07-'13

Dr. Conrad Murray will be released from prison on October 28.

The disgraced doctor has been granted early release and will leave Los Angeles County Jail in three months time, having served less than half of his four-year sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.

Murray - who administered the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol which killed the King of Pop in June 2009 - was convicted in November 2011 and has spent his sentence in solitary confinement, but with access to a TV and mobile phone.

He has been granted early release for his good conduct behind bars and to ease the burden on the prison system.

A source said: "He has been a model inmate and the authorities have granted him an early release due to that good behaviour and the overcrowded California jail system."

However, the decision to release Murray has infuriated the 'Thriller' star's family, including his children Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and 11-year-old Blanket.

Michael's mother Katherine said: "It is not right I will never be able to see my son again, while his mother can see him."

A source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Murray is the killer of Michael in their eyes. He cost them their son and father.

"For him to get out in two years is an insult. They still feel he should have been tried for murder."

Source: Irish Examiner / Billie Jean


Frank DileoContempt Of Court Against Dileos Purged. 27-07-'13

The widow and daughter of the late pop star Michael Jackson’s former manager have been purged of their previous contempt of court.

Two judgment entries filed this week by Judge Scott Washam noted Linda and Belinda Dileo are now in compliance with the court’s order on July 3 forcing them to turn over a laptop and cell phone. The items were the working property of Frank Dileo, who served a Jackson’s manager earlier in his career and was assisting with the “This is It Tour” Jackson was preparing to launch at the time of his death in 2009. Frank Dileo, who lived outside Wellsville, died in 2011.

The items were already returned to Linda and Belinda Dileo at a court hearing on July 10, but Washam waited to decide whether his previous findings of contempt of court would be lifted. At the time, Washam said he wanted to wait until the 40,000 emails on the laptop and other data obtained had been analyzed.

Katherine Jackson, the pop star’s mother, and the children of Michael Jackson had been seeking the information contained in the laptop and cellphone reportedly in connection with their civil lawsuit in Los Angeles. The laptop and cellphone or phones of Frank Dileo were reportedly being sought in hopes of finding emails or documents related to Jackson’s health between Jan. 1, 2009 and June 25, 2009 – the date of his death.

Katherine Jackson and the children filed the lawsuit against entertainment giant AEG Live, claiming the group had some responsibility in Jackson’s death. The case continued on Friday with his former doctor, Dr. Scott Saunders, who treated him from 1998 through 2003 testifying, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dileos had at first refused to turn the items over. During the course of court hearings, they were assured the information contained in them would not be damaged, and the person reviewing them signed a non-disclosure agreement.

Source: Salem News / Billie Jean


David FournierJackson's Drugs History Scrutinized In Court. 26-07-'13

Michael Jackson had a high tolerance for certain drugs and wasn't always forthcoming with his medical history, a nurse anesthetist who treated the singer testified Thursday.

Witness David Fournier told jurors he had worked with Jackson for a decade until the relationship ended in 2003, when Fournier refused to participate in a medical procedure.

Jackson was acting "goofy" and was slow to respond to standard questions before a scheduled cosmetic surgery that was canceled after Fournier refused to administer an anesthetic, he said.

The incident came a few months after Fournier said he had to help Jackson breath while undergoing another procedure and later determined that Jackson had not disclosed a new medical condition.

"He wasn't honest with me," Fournier said.

At the time, Jackson had an implant in his abdomen to block the effects of Demerol and other opiate drugs.

Fournier testified that he had given the singer a relatively large dose of a powerful anesthetic and needed to know how Jackson was going to react.

Fournier testified as a defense witness in a negligence case filed by Jackson's mother against AEG Live LLC, the promoter of Jackson's comeback shows.

Katherine Jackson claims the concert promoter failed to properly investigate the doctor who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid in 2009.

AEG denies it is liable for Jackson's death. Its lawyers have said Jackson hid his prescription drug use from nearly everyone.

Fournier said his incomplete medical records show he administered propofol to Jackson at least 14 times between 2000 and 2003. He estimated he gave the singer the drug numerous other times over the years for a variety of cosmetic and dental procedures.

He noted in his records that Jackson had a high tolerance for certain drugs, which Fournier said could be attributed to a variety of factors, including genetics.

During cross-examination, Fournier said Jackson never requested any specific drugs, including propofol, during procedures or asked to be sedated for longer than was necessary. He said the singer didn't exhibit any drug-seeking behavior or signs that he was doctor-shopping.

Fournier said he knew that Jackson had received an above-average number of anesthetic treatments over his lifetime, and many were related to procedures needed after Jackson was badly burned in a shoot for a Pepsi commercial in 1984.

Fournier said it was not common to administer an anesthetic during cosmetic procedures, but the ones done on Jackson were complex and involved dozens of injections. Some of the procedures were near Jackson's eye and sedation was necessary to keep him still, Fournier said.

Fournier also said he never had any indication that the singer was using propofol as a treatment for insomnia.

Jackson's physician Conrad Murray had been giving the singer nightly doses of propofol as Jackson prepared for his ill-fated "This Is It" shows.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Jermaine Jackson ‘Personally’ Thanks P-Square For Tribute To Michael Jackson. 25-07-'13

P-Square‘s new “Personally” video has been well received by their fans all over the world and they’ve found themselves a new admirer in the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson‘s brother, Jermaine Jackson. The former member of the Jackson 5 said how much he appreciated their tribute in this next clip.

 

Source: Bella Naija / Billie Jean


Dr. Alimorad FarshchianDr. Alimorad Farshchian Testifies. 25-07-'13

AEG attorney Kathryn Cahan presented the next defendant’s witness, via the video deposition, of Dr Alimorad Farshchian. The deposition was taken in August 2012 with Marvin Putnam did the questioning.

Dr Farshchian treated Michael in April 2001 through to 2003. He said that Michael was having an issue with his ankle prior to the Madison Square Garden shows and that he had to rehearse. The doctor said that; “And he had an ankle issue that was more like a sprained ankle that was not healing and he had to continue to dance on it. He made an appointment like everybody else,” Dr Farshchian said

Putnam asks; “Do you remember the first time he told you he wanted to clean himself up from drugs?”

“He was trying to get off Demerol,” Dr Farshchian said. He then explained that Michael told him he had a problem and that Michael’s main concern was his children. “’I’d do it for my kids, and to spend more time with his kids.’”

Putnam then asks if Michael wanted to get off drugs and if that happened at the hotel in a second meeting with the doctor. He said “yes.”

Putnam asked; “Did he seek treatment with you?”

“Eventually,” Dr Farshchian replied.

“Did MJ tell you he was addicted to Demerol?”

“Not in certain words,” Dr Farshchian said.

Dr Farshchian explained that when he got to know Michael he visited him at the hotel, read a little about him on the internet, then realised was ongoing problem. “To treat Michael for that problem, I thought that because he travelled quite a bit he needed something to be on him. I chose Naltrexone,” Dr Fashchian testified. “The drug inhibits the effects of the narcotics, if you take it, it stops giving you the euphoria.”

Patient states he need some help him with his addiction problem.

He does not wish to go to an outpatient rehab facility despite the pressure from family. Discussed with him option of Naltrexone Dr Farshchian used local anesthesia with lidocaine 1%, done as outpatient in doctor’s office in Miami.

MJ’s weight was 128 pre-procedure, cut the skin, insert implant chip of Naltrexone.

Dr Farshchian said that he had a patch implanted 5 times and that the implant, back then was more popular.

“Did you understand Mrs. Jackson was concerned about his health?” Putnam asked.

Dr Farshchian said he’d told her he was treating Michael for addiction to Demerol and that he also had a phone call with Mrs Jackson where she wanted to know about the implants. He added that once too at Neverland Michael showed his mother the implant and she was very happy about it. The last time Dr Farshchian spoke with Mrs Jackson was at Michael’s funeral, but prior to that it Christmas 2002 at Neverland.

The doctor was asked if he knew any of Michael’s other doctors. The only one he said he may have spoken to was Dr Metzger. “Yes, heard being MJ’s physician in LA, might have spoken to him. Spoke about implants, what to do about it, how he should look,” he said.

Dr Farshchian said he didn’t know why Michael became addicted or started taking Demerol and that Michael did not abuse other drugs or alcohol. He stated that there was an attempt at intervention by the family but Michael was very difficult to get to, bodyguard, so it may not have happened.

“How was he doing?” Putnam asked.

“Not too good.”

“Was he using drugs again?”

Dr Farshchian replied, “No.”

The next time the doctor saw Michael was the weekend after he was arrested. His records state; Patient can follow up with local physician at this point.

(Dr Farshchian said he thought it was enough, the treatment was done.)

The doctor continued by saying that he’d converted his garage into a bedroom for Michael and he lives in North Miami Beach, Bay Harbor Island. He said there was a period of time Michael stayed with Dr Farshchian. He stayed twice, once with the children.

Dr Farshchian said Michael had a local doctor who didn’t realise what the patch was and removed it. He said it would make Michael itch it and that he had some skin rash.

Ankle wound is better, but he had taken the implant out by a physician at home, wishes to do another implant.

Dr Farshchian said Michael always had trouble sleeping.. “To me his insomnia was caused, possibly, you have this area inside the nose…called turbinates, if you reduced it, it’s called empty nose syndrome, to me that was the cause of that.

“Parts of his nose were missing?” Putnam asks.

“Portions of his nose were taken out. MJ was very private with everything.” He then explained that at one time he was complaining of insomnia and he was seeing a herbologist for it.

Tomorrow morning, David Fournier, a nurse and anaesthetist that treated MJ with Propofol, will take the stand.

Source: ABC & Court News / Billie Jean


Debbi _RoweDebbie Rowe To Testify About MJ's Shocking Drug Use. 25-07-'13

Debbie Rowe will testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case that MJ was a SECRET, hardcore drug addict for decades -- testimony that could severely damage the Jackson's case.

Sources connected with the trial tell TMZ ... Rowe will be called by AEG Live Tuesday or Wednesday ... and she'll testify that in the '80s and '90s ... she knew Michael was abusing some prescription meds, but had no idea his habit was so out of control.

We're told Rowe will point the finger at her former boss, MJ's go-to doc, Arnie Klein. Rowe will testify she learned after the fact that Klein had a standing order ... when Michael came to the office he should be injected with Demerol and Vistaril (which makes the Demoral stronger).

Rowe will say Michael kept the extent of his drug abuse a secret from her -- something that will clearly help AEG, because the company is arguing it had no reason to know Michael was a drug abuser.

Rowe will say she saw Michael on TMZ coming out of Klein's office days before he died -- looking totally out of it. We're told she will say she called Klein after Michael died and said, "What the f**k did you give him? He's dead and it's your fault." She then hung up on him.

Rowe's testimony will further help AEG because she'll say she had no idea Michael was secretly going to surgical offices specifically for the purpose of getting high and going to sleep.

She'll also say she's the only person in Michael's world who could control him -- that she's the only one (including Michael's family) who would say "NO."

The testimony could be critical. If the jury believes Michael could hide his hardcore drug use, AEG would have no reason to sound an alarm or take preventative action.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


William WagenerSpectator Banned From Jackson Trial Over Photo. 25-07-'13

A spectator attending the civil trial over Michael Jackson’s death was banned Wednesday by a judge after he snapped a photo in a courthouse hallway that included jurors hearing the case.

Earlier on Wednesday, jurors watched the videotaped testimony of a physician who said he treated the late singer to help him stop taking Demerol.

Bailiffs confiscated William Wagener’s cell phone and ordered him to return on Thursday to find out whether the ban will remain in place or other disciplinary actions will be taken.

Wagener said he inadvertently snapped the photo on his smart phone while riding an escalator. He cooperated with bailiffs to retrieve the photo and said he did not send it to anyone.

The photo is the latest incident that has raised concerns about the security around jurors hearing the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother against AEG Live LLC. Two alternate jurors were approached by a woman last month who told them not to award any money to the Jackson family.

In recent days, tiny windows on the courtroom door were blocked after jurors reported seeing someone press a camera to the window and snap a photo during the proceedings. Videotaping and photography in the courthouse are banned without a court order, and a judge blocked a request by news outlets to broadcast the trial.

Bailiffs or a court clerk give daily reminders of the courtroom’s rules, which include a ban on any transmissions from inside the trial or loud outbursts during the testimony.

Wagener, 67, said he posts updates on the trial on Facebook and YouTube and has sold rights to videos he made during Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial. He said if he’s banned from the trial, it will hurt his ability to cover the case. He said being in the courtroom is the only way to hear the inflection of lawyers and witnesses and get a full sense of the proceedings.

Earlier, in a videotaped testimony, one of Jackson’s former physicians described how in 2002 he placed an implant in Jackson’s abdomen to block the effects of opioid medications such as Demerol.

Dr. Alimorad Farschcian said Jackson told him that he wanted to stop taking Demerol for the sake of his children. The Miami-based physician became close to the entertainer after treating him for a sprained ankle, spending time at Neverland Ranch and meeting Jackson’s mother on Christmas Day in 2002.

Farschcian said the implant kept the singer off of Demerol for at least nine months and Jackson’s mother Katherine seemed pleased when he described it to her and her son showed her the device.

Katherine Jackson testified on Monday that she never saw the device and could never prove her son abused prescription medications.

The Jackson family matriarch is suing AEG Live, claiming it negligently hired another doctor, Conrad Murray, who was convicted of administering Jackson a fatal dose of anesthetic in 2009. No trace of Demerol was found in Jackson’s system when he died.

AEG Live denies it hired Murray, and its attorneys have said Jackson hid his addiction struggles, and the company bears no responsibility for his death.

Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said she would consult with another judge about how to handle Wagener and the photo of jurors.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Murray’s Send Voicemail Warning To Both Sides: “Don’t Incite Me To Testify”. 24-07-'13

Dr.Conrad MurrayDr. Conrad Murray really, really does not want to testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case. That’s just the impression we’re getting lately. In a voicemail to a friend, he threatens to drop a nuclear bomb on the entire case (so to speak) if he’s forced to testify, and he says he’s not bluffing:

It’s the second time Murray has threatened AEG and the Jacksons with potentially destructive testimony, suggesting he has only BAD things to offer. Curiously, this threat appears directed at both sides, so it’s unclear exactly what secrets he’s harboring … but in any case, this is one scary dude! The incarcerated Conrad Murray says in his latest voicemail warning:

“Please stop. If you don’t, let this serve as my final warning to both sides. Don’t incite me to testify. Consider this as an imminent nuclear warning.” “Enough is enough.” He then hints at the nature of his “nuclear” secret, which pertains to the true nature of Michael’s relationship with his family. Again, it’s not clear how. Murray was subpoenaed in Katherine’s $40 billion wrongful death lawsuit against AEG, but pleaded the fifth because he doesn’t want to incriminate himself. He has appealed his involuntary manslaughter conviction, which landed him in jail for four years for his role in the 2009 death of the King of Pop.

Source: The Hollywood Gossip / Billie Jean


AEG Offered Michael Jackson Estate $60 Million For Las Vegas Show. 24-07-'13

John MeglenAn AEG Live executive testified Tuesday that the firm offered Michael Jackson’s estate a guarantee of $60 million over 10 years in a deal that included a Las Vegas theatrical show based on the pop star’s songs.

John Meglen said the proposal included a “Michael Jackson campus” at the Planet Hollywood Hotel that would have included the singer’s artifacts, two restaurants, a nightclub and stores to sell merchandise.

The show would have been directed by Kenny Ortega, the director of the ill-fated “This Is It” 50-concert comeback tour Jackson was preparing when he died in 2009.

The AEG executive testified his company would have paid an additional $40 million to create the show.

“The $40 million gets you to opening night,” he said.

Meglen, dressed in a dark blue suit and a white shirt open at the collar, said this would have been AEG’s first shot at creating what he called a “conceptual show,” rather than one where a live performer is the main attraction.

Conceptual shows, he said, are riskier.

“With the headliner, you have a certain track record of how many tickets they’re going to sell … but if you do a show based on Elton’s music or Celine’s music, it depends on how good the show is, I guess,” said Meglen referring to Elton John and Celine Dion, singers who have done extended runs at Las Vegas hotels.

Meglen said that hearing that Cirque du Soleil was talking to the Jackson estate is what led AEG to make its pitch.

He said they had a meeting with the estate’s co-executor, John Branca, in his conference room. Meglen said AEG did a “B-minus, C-plus pitch. In my opinion, they were already down the road and they wanted to do the show with Cirque.”

The Circue du Soleil tribute to Jackson is playing at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, with shows scheduled to open soon in China, Australia and New Zealand.

Meglen said AEG never made Jackson an offer for a conceptual show while he was alive.

“We thought if we could create the show with Michael’s catalog that that could be very successful, but it’s risky,” Meglen said.

The court is hearing the wrongful death case filed by Jackson’s mother and three children against AEG Live.

Source: LA Times / Billie Jean


Katherine Jackson Testifies At MJ Trial: I Didn't Know He Was Abusing Pills. 23-07-'13

Katherine JacksonThe promoters of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts watched the singer waste away and should have reached out to his family for help, the superstar's mother tearfully told a jury on Monday.

Clutching a tissue and hanging her head at times, Katherine Jackson said she didn't know the extent of her son's weakness until after the start of her trial against AEG Live LLC.

"They watched him waste away," she said after her attorney cited several emails from top workers preparing for the "This Is It" shows. The messages described her son's condition as deteriorating and cited his inability to rehearse.

"They could have called me," Katherine Jackson, 83, said. "He was asking me for his father. My grandson told me that his daddy was nervous and scared."

Her comments came under questioning from her attorney, Brian Panish.

Moments earlier, an attorney for AEG Live had questioned why the Jackson family matriarch —if her purpose for filing the lawsuit was to find out the truth about her son's death, as she had testified — hadn't read through thousands of pages of deposition testimony, or asked her grandchildren about what happened in her son's rented mansion before his June 2009 death.

She later said that while she could have asked her grandchildren about some issues, she didn't want to bring it up with them.

She also said that she didn't see a photograph of her son shot six days before her his death until after the trial started.

Katherine Jackson at first didn't seem to want to look at the photo, which has been repeatedly displayed during the trial and shows her son wearing a T-shirt, his arms thin and bones visible in his upper chest.

Katherine Jackson claims AEG Live failed to properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving the singer an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.

AEG defense attorney Marvin S. Putnam told jurors during opening statements in the negligence lawsuit in April that the case centered on personal responsibility — specifically Michael Jackson's decision to ask Murray to administer propofol as a sleep aid while he prepared for his shows.

AEG Live denies it hired the doctor or bears any responsibility for Jackson's death.
Jackson's mother tearfully concludes testimony

Katherine Jackson said she believes AEG Live hired Murray, not her son. She said she never heard of the cardiologist until her son died, and indicated that she felt Murray bore responsibility for her son's death.

"Even though he asked for it, he could have said no," she said of Murray.

Putnam also asked Katherine Jackson about her son's payments to her over the years. She said he directly paid many of the expenses on her home and would occasionally give her cash as a gift.

Saying she didn't keep track of the payments, Katherine Jackson appeared to being annoyed at the questions.

"What does this have to do with the death of my son," she asked Putnam.

The attorney also asked her about conversations she had with her son about prescription drug use.

She said she asked him about it when he lived in Las Vegas and he denied he was abusing prescription medications.

"I'm a mother, quite naturally he denied it," she said. "He wouldn't want me to think that."

She said she wasn't surprised by his denial and likened the situation to a child who'd disobeyed his mother while playing outdoors.

Putnam said Jackson was a 50-year-old man at the time of his death. "He's still my child," Katherine Jackson said. "He'd still want me to hold his respect."

She said she was aware her son took medications for pain in his back and scalp after he sustained injuries over his career. She said she never saw signs that her son was abusing medications, including when she and several of her children went to the singer's Neverland Ranch in 2002 for an intervention.

Her son was fine but upset that they thought he had a problem, she said.

Source: Modbee / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Recording Engineer Bruce Swedien’s Fascinating New Book! 23-07-'13

The Bruce Swedien Recording Method Book CoverGrammy Award winning recording engineer Bruce Swedien received his first nomination in 1962 for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry," and Swedien went on to record and mix most of Michael Jackson's albums, including "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time. Swedien also worked with Donna Summer and has been nominated for a total of 13 Grammy's.

Even if you're preparing to record a local band or Arcade Fire, the wealth of information between the covers of "The Bruce Swedien Recording Method" paperback book will give you a lot to think about. It's not just for engineers, audiophiles will find the book a fascinating read.

You can also watch the man in action on the included DVD-ROM, and learn about what great sound is all about. He talked about picking the right microphone to do the job, and even with all his years of experience, he was always open to experimenting with mics. Listening is key, and he wound up using a Shure SM7 mic on Jackson's vocals for "Thriller," even though Swedien never previously thought of that mic as a great vocal mic.

You're not going to find the right mic choice on Google, you have to figure it out for yourself, by listening to the sound, making corrections, and listening again. Swedien thinks it's important to know first hand what unamplified instruments really sound like, because that helps form your "aural benchmark." I agree, that sort of ear training is crucial, even if you're only going to record amplified or electronic music.

Swedien is emphatic, "We don't deal with reality in modern music recording, reality is a thing of the past." In other words, Swedien isn't making audiophile recordings that strive to perfectly reproduce the actual sound of singers and instruments, no, he makes recordings he thinks sound good. Judging by how many hit records he's made, Swedien definitely knows what people like.

Swedien discusses the importance of studio acoustics, and he prefers to use as little dynamic range compression or equalization as he can on vocals and instruments. Swedien feels that using a lot of compression is an admission you don't know what you're doing. His approach to recording drums struck me as a little unusual, he starts getting the sound first with the kick drum, takes the front head off, and puts a heavy cinder block inside the drum to weigh it down. That's how he gets such a solid drum sound, without bloat or thickening. He also said, "You need a really good drummer," no microphone technique can make a so-so drummer sound great. Swedien feels that listening to music is something you experience, and when it's right you hear it and feel it.

"The Bruce Swedien Recording Method" is available in bookstores and on Amazon.

Series: Legacy
Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Hal Leonard Books; Pap/Dvdr edition (August 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1458411198
Guide price: 26 €

Source: News.cnet / Amazon / Billie Jean

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