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Michael Jackson And Friends Charity Concerts. 25/27-06-'99

The 'Michael Jackson and Friends' concerts were performed in June 1999. The first concert was held in Seoul, Korea at the Chamsil Olympic Stadium on June 25th and the second show was held in Munich at the Olympic stadium on June 27th, 1999.

The concert series entitles "What More Can I Give" was a benefit charity concert for “The children of Kosovo” and had a long list of performers from Luther Vandross to Vanessa Mae to Status Quo! The proceeds were donated to the "Nelson Mandela Children's Fund", the Red Cross and UNESCO.

The song by Michael, 'What More Can I Give' was apparently to be premiered. It’s title was up on the sideboards of the stage in the shape of a child’s face, the show of Seoul and Munich was essentially the same track listing as the 1995 MTV music awards plus 'Earth Song'.

It’s very interesting to compare the 2 shows and there are differences between the two. The first one over in Seoul, Korea went exactly as planned on some errors after but the concert of Munich was not to turn out the same! There are a lot of small issues and a couple of major ones which affected Michael as well as the show.

The worst of the show was almost at the end of 'Earth Song' the crane collapsed and Michael was dropped 50 feet or more to the floor. The force of the drop was obvious as it actually bounced the whole contraption that he was on at least twice. The amount of force needed to do this is a lot considering the probable weight of it! Michael was forced to climb out and up onto the stage and proceed with the show. It’s also interesting to see the stage manager jump a clean 12 feet at least down to try and get him.

Michael was rushed to the hospital after the show and it was interesting to see close up what happened in between 'Earth Song' and 'You Are Not Alone' close up.

MJ and Friends concerts (25/27-06-1999)
During the performance of 'Earth Song' the bridge prop fell from the top of the stage to below the stage with Michael on it.

Performance list of the two concerts are the same:

1. Medley
2. Dangerous
3. Earth Song
4. You Are Not Alone

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson, The ‘King Of Pop,’ Dies At 50. 25-06-'09

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead on June 25th, 2009 after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after a heart attack left him in a coma, according to published reports. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 local time, Michael was 50.

Michael Jackson's death due to acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest was a shocking end to a glorious talent.

The stress of the upcoming concerts in London - which would have earned him $50 million to $100 million to get out of debt - killed Michael Jackson, says ex-publicist Stuart Backerman.

The King of Pop, who had earned $750 million, was reportedly in debt between $300 and $500 million when he died. He was working hard for his 50-date comeback 'This Is It' tour beginning July 13 in London.

Jackson, a singing and dancing star who found fame at an early age as a member of The Jackson 5, went on to become the “King of Pop,” a sort of Elvis for the MTV and internet generations.

Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

MJ Dead (25-06-2009)
Michael Jackson was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 25) after suffering cardiac arrest.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson visit in Korea, Seoul Before The MJ & Friends Concert. 21-06-'99

Michael Jackson visit in Korea, Seoul (22-06-1999)Pop superstar Michael Jackson arrived at Kimpo International Airport in Seoul on Monday (June 21) with his son Prince who has recently recovered from a viral infection and daughter Paris.

Jackson, along with 16 world pop groups is due to hold a show that will raise funds for the hungry children in the world, at Chamsil Olympic stadium on Friday (June 25).

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his two children were greeted by hundreds of police, bodyguards and screaming fans at Kimpo International Airport in Seoul.

Jackson, who is performing at a charity concert on Friday (June 25) alongside sixteen other acts to raise money for the world's hungry children, was more than happy to pose for pictures and wave at the hysterical fans.

However, he wasn't very impressed with photographers who were taking close-up photographs of him."Zoom out. Not this close," said Jackson, gesturing for the press pack to stand back and not take face-only shots.

Surrounded by a mass of burly bodyguards, Jackson walked through the airport, to be met by hoards of fans, most of whom were schoolchildren who had taken the day off to catch a glimpse of their idol.

Jackson's son, Prince and daughter, Paris were covered with blankets as they were carried through the airport.It is the first time Prince has been seen since the announcement that he was seriously ill with a viral infection. Jackson had cancelled his appearance at the recent Pavarotti concert in Modena, Italy to be at his son's bed-side.

This is Jackson's fourth visit to South Korea: he visited Seoul to hold his first concert in 1996, to check possible investment opportunities in Korea in 1997, and to attend President Kim Dae-jung's inauguration ceremony in 1998.

Source: ITN Source / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Signs High Tech Merchandising Deal With European Partners. 19-06-'01

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson's MJ Net Entertainment AG has finalised a major international merchandising agreement with TePax GmbH (Kronberg im Taunus, Germany) and Peerless A/S (Karlslunde, Denmark).

The 50 million euro contract, signed, February 14th, grants TePax and Peerless exclusive rights for a three-year period on behalf of Michael Jackson new technology and home entertainment merchandising products.

Peerless and TePax promise a unique line of state of the art three-piece satellite/subwoofer loudspeaker systems. The range of innovative products is expected to retail for 60 - 499 euro. TePax and Peerless will develop and manufacture the products, while TePax will establish a dynamic distribution system to fully exploit 24-hour-global commerce.

Products will be distributed and sold through Michael Jackson's exclusive channels such as his Internet portal and chain of retail outlets as well as through traditional channels via TePax.

The linking of the expertise of two major technology-driven companies in a powerful long-term collaboration with the global recognition of Michael Jackson will be a model for business strategies in the new millennium, stated chief executives of TePax and Peerless following the official announcement.

Products will employ cutting edge technologies in high performance loudspeakers made to look like a photograph of Michael Jackson. All satellite speakers will feature ultra-compact NXT™ flat-panel technology.

The first wave of products will receive a high-profile launch simultaneously with the release of the new Michael Jackson CD scheduled for June, 2001.

TePax is a leading company in the field of new technologies.

Peerless is a leading supplier of loudspeaker components.

Source: MJ Net Entertainment AG / Billie Jean


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