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Michael Jackson Attends The Funeral Of Film Director, Vincent Minnelli. 30-07-'86

Michael Jackson attends the funeral of film director, Vincent Minnelli, Liza Minnelli’s father, held at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California.

Motion picture director Vincente Minnelli was eulogized by actors Gregory Peck and Kirk Douglas as an artist whose work will live as long as there are films.

The 83-year-old Minnelli, winner of an Oscar for “Gigi” and director of other musical classics such as “Meet Me in St. Louis,” died Friday after a long struggle against emphysema.

The funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Glendale’s Wee Kirk o’ the Heather was crowded with more than 125 mourners, including his daughter, singing star Liza Minnelli; comedian Bob Hope; singer Kenny Rogers; actors Jimmy Stewart and Ricardo Montalban; composer Henry Mancini, and producer Jack Haley Jr.

Singer Michael Jackson entered the chapel with Liza and the director’s widow, Lee Minnelli, on each arm. He sat with them and Minnelli’s other daughter, Christiane Nina Miro of Mexico, throughout the service.

Michael attends the funeral of Vincent Minnelli (30-07-1986)
Michael Jackson attends the funeral of film director, Vincent Minnelli, Liza Minnelli's father, held at Forest Lown in Glendale, California.

Source: MJ-Upbeat / Billie Jean


Bad Around The World (31-07-1988)Bad Tour Special 'Bad Around The World' Airs On MTV. 30-07-'88

Michael Jackson: Around the World was a 90min special featuring concert footage of the Bad tour, with Michael, as usual, having final approval of the footage to be included. While the concert footage of the Bad tour was impressive, it still only gives a small taste of the excitement of seeing MJ perform live. Clips of Michael with his band, singers & dancers performing 'Working Day & Night' gives only a small sense of the song's elaborate production. Footage is shown of Michael's concert performances of 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', 'Human Nature', 'Beat It', & the Jackson 5ive classics, 'I Want You Back' and 'The Love You Save'.

Michael's band members speak of the excitement of playing London's Wembley Stadium. Frank Dileo adds, "Playing Wembley is one of the biggest honors any artist could have. It's a status symbol within artists themselves, whether or not they can sell out Wembley Stadium, and of course Michael set a new record. He sold it out 7 times. You can't get any bigger than that."

The program also featured the premiere of Michael's latest video, for 'Another Part Of Me'. Filmed at London's Wembley Stadium on July 15, 1988, the video is of an actual performance of the song from the Bad tour. Too frequent cuts, however, detract from Michael's fancy footwork performed during the song.

MJ: Around the World was the highest rated summer special ever in its time slot, it aired at 11:30 p.m. It earned a 8.7 rating, which is equal to 27% of the tv audience. The program was later renamed MJ: Fans Around the World & rebroadcast on MTV several times. An edited, hour long, version was shown in April, 1989, on the BET network. BET presented Michael with an award in recognition of the tour's success while he was winding up the tour in LA.

Source: Billie Jean


California Raisin Commercial. 28-07-'89

Michael became the newest claymation member of the Raisin Family by appearing in their new TV commercial called "Michael Raisin". Michael's speaking voice is used in the ads, but his singing voice on the song "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" couldn't be used because of his exclusive contract with Pepsi. Michael agreed to lend his image to the commercial after working with the claymation creator on 'Moonwalker'.

Michael receives $25,000 for his contribution, which he donates to charity.

Late in the 80's, when these TV commercial raisins were beginning to get down, Michael Jackson was, too.

California Raisin Commercial (28-07-1989)
Michael became the newest claymation member of the Raisin Family by appearing in their new TV commercial called "Michael Raisin".

Mr. Vinton had previously worked with Mr. Jackson doing effects on his 'Captain EO' three-dimensional movie shown at Disney parks. He also worked on Mr. Jackson's 'Moonwalker' movie (a 1988 compilation of videos and films that included 'Speed Demon,' which was directed by Mr. Vinton and used Claymation, the process he patented.)

The California Raisin project, though, "was a dream for me," says Mr. Vinton, whose work has brought in many other awards, including several Emmys.

They worked to create a bit that captured Mr. Jackson's 'Bad' image (the commercial was done a year or so after the 1987 release of that album).

In the film, Michael Raisin tosses off a fedora that's covering his eyes and starts to sing about being a sun-raised California raisin, to a 'Bad' era beat -- several "woos!" in this. A strawberry in the audience screams "Michael!" and then passes out.

The commercial, which aired only in theaters, ends with a Claymation Mr. Jackson waking up, looking around, seeing a bowl of fruit and saying, "Wow. Must've been something I ate."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Billie Jean


Michael Will Star In A 3-D Science-Fiction Musical Film, ‘Captain EO’. 24-07-85

It was announced that Michael Jackson will star in a 3-D science-fiction musical film, 'Captain EO', to be shown exclusively at Disneyland and Disney World.

Michael:
"'Captain EO' came about because the Disney Studios wanted me to come up with a new ride for the parks."
"I flew up to San Francisco a couple of times to visit George at his place, Skywalker Ranch, and gradually we came up with a scenario for a short film that would incorporate every recent advance in 3-D technology. 'Captain EO' would look and feel like the audience was in a space-ship, along for the ride."

More than a year after this first announcement, 'Captain EO' ['EO' is Greek for 'dawn'], Michael's 17 minute space fantasy 3-D movie, premièred on September 12, 1986 at Epcot Center in Disney World, Florida. The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola ["Dracula"] and produced by George Lucas ['Star Wars'], becomes [and up to today still is] the most expensive film -"minute-for-minute" - ever made. [Estimated costs for the 17 minute film - US$ 30 million].
Michael stars in the title role alongside Anjelica Huston, and two new songs by Michael were featured: 'Another Part Of Me' and 'We Are Here To Change The World'.

Captain EO Movie - On the set (07-1985)
Michael Jackson with director Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas on the set of the movie 'Captain EO'.

After its première at Disney World Florida, the 3-D movie was shown at all 4 Disney Theme Parks [Florida, California, Japan, France] with tremendous success and became one of the main attractions of the parks. "Working on 'Captain EO' reinforced all the positive feelings I've had about working in film and made me realize more than ever that movies are where my future path probably lies", Michael says later.

Source: Billie Jean


The Jackson 5 Give An Audition To Motown At The Hittsville Studio In Detroit. 23-07-'68

Motown Audition (23-07-1968)On July 23, at around 10 a.m., the band’s audition in Detroit was videotaped. Although the record company’s president, Berry Gordy, was not present, several members of Motown’s creative department were there to witness.

After performing an impressive set with James Brown’s then current hit 'I Got The Feelin’ and 'Who’s Lovin’ You', the audition tape was sent to Gordy two days later, whereupon he immediately decided to sign the group to his prestigious label. They meet Suzanne De Passe and Ralph Seltzer.

“I canceled the Frost show, Bobby Taylor wanted to take us to Motown to audition, and we decided to go. We’ve all been sleeping on the floor at Bobby’s. The boys have already auditioned — Motown even filmed it. We haven’t been offered a contract yet, but, judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces, Kate, I know it’s going to happen!”
Joe explained excitedly.

Source: Billie Jean


Jacksons 'Victory Tour' Show Offers Lights, Lasers ... Perfection. 21-07-'84

The Jacksons brought their 'Victory Tour' to the Gator Bowl stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on three nights from July 21-23, 1984 to perform in front of over 135,000 fans.

The show has a simple story line, based on the tale of the sword in the stone. Huge creatures called Kreetons appear on the stage. They’re followed by several warriors who attempt to pull a sword from a stone. One warrior, Randy Jackson, does just that. He slays a Kreeton and thereby paves the way for the kingdom of the Jacksons.

Moments later, Randy, Michael, Tito, Marlon and Jermaine appear majestically on stage, pump the entrance for all its worth, and delight the fans. Fantasyland? You bet.

Two spider like creatures attempt to gobble up Michael. Michael writhes on the stage like a snake in the heat of battle before he is saved by magic and levitated out of danger. He reappears moments later on an elevated spot on stage wearing the red jacket he wore in the 'Beat It' video and launches into that song.

Victory Tour (21-07-1984)
Michael Jackson brought his 'Victory Tour' to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida on three nights from July 21-23, 1984 to perform in front of over 135,000 fans.

The Jacksons show was written and designed by Michael, whose instrumental in moving the rock video into new territory with master-pieces like 'Thriller'. Now the Jacksons become the first group to transform a concert into a video & to use robotics in a musical stage performance. High-tech stage antics are one thing, but Michael Jackson is another. He out dazzles the electronics! The Jacksons have somehow struck the perfect balance between theatrics and musicality.

Part Walt Disney World and part Music Television, it’s an escapist pop show for those in love with fantasy; entertainment for those who hanker for movies like Star Wars, E.T. and Peter Pan; a musical for those who enjoy exquisite dancing and singing.

Surely the Jacksons have realized that a large percentage of their fans are of the MTV generation, roughly ages 10 to 30. Such audiences understand video-styled theatrics in live shows, and crave the heightened pleasure that stems from sensational effects created with lasers, lights, and booming sound. This is the same age group that made Star Wars such a hit.

And the Jacksons play to this audience. Even so, the Jacksons have made an unprecedented move with their stage production, and this isn’t lost on the fans.

Source: Jacksonville / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson at the Guild Hall Party, London (20-07-1988)Michael Jackson At The Guild Hall Party, London. 20-07-'88

Michael was presented with a Sword to commemorate the Bad Tour at the Guildhall party.

In the evening, a banquet is held to commemorate the imminent Bad shows at Wembley Stadium. King of Pop became the first ever commoner to enter the London’s historic Guildhall’s Royal Entrance, a unique privilege that required the Queen’s personal approval.

His arrival was heralded by the red-jacketed trumpeters of the Life Guard cavalry, usually seen marching along the Mall. There followed a pounds 75,000 banquet, during which the roast beef was paraded through the room by the Corps of Drums of the Honourable Artillery Company.

Dancers in Olde English costume scattered rose petals at Michael’s feet. Then he watched wide-eyed as first Henry VIII, then Elizabeth I, Lord Nelson, Nell Gwynn, Robin Hood, Maid Marion and Dick Whittington paid their respects.

Ballet dancers burst from a box.

Fire-eaters, jugglers, jesters and Elizabethan musicians visited his table. Then Michael was stunned as Merlin appeared in a puff of smoke, and glittering knights in armour bowed before him.

Michael took the salute as the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers beat the retreat, walking up and down a line of liveried Life Guard troops as if he were a general inspecting them.

He bopped lightly on his heels as the band played and grinned wildly when they launched into a version of 'Billie Jean'.

Then a knight in shining armour galloped across the courtyard, leapt from his saddle, pulled a sword from a stone and went down on one knee before handing the sword to Michael.

He was blissfully unaware of the historical significance, and handed the sword – the sword King Arthur pulled from the stone before he recruited the knights of the Round Table Knights of the Round Table – to a 7ft minder wearing a top hat, and made him the King of England.

Source: Billie Jean


Publicity Of The Michael Jackson Doll Begins. 20-07-'84

‘Thriller’ breaking all previous sales records and with the ‘Victory’ tour playing to unprecedented crowds, a flood of MJ merchandise hit the market.

Four MJ dolls authorized by Michael were marketed by LJN Toys inc. The 12" vinyl Michael Jackson Superstar Doll appeared in stores at a price of $12. The poseable doll had a molded jheri curl and came in 4 different, supposedly “authentic stage outfits”, from the videos of ‘Beat It’ and ‘Thriller’, a red jacket from the AMA and the 3-musketeer’s inspired purple & gold sequin jacket from the Grammy's.

The barbie sized dolls each came with a stand, a microphone, his famous glittering ‘Magic’ glove, glitter socks, and a tiny pair of mirror sunglasses.

Michael Jackson Doll (20-07-1984)
Four MJ dolls authorized by Michael were marketed by LJN Toys inc.

Source: Billie Jean


Nelson Mandela 78th Birthday (18-07-1996)Michael Attends A Private Birthday For President Nelson Mandela. 18-07-'96

Michael visits South Africa for a few days, arrives in Johannesburg, where he attends a private birthday for President Nelson Mandela. Mandela invited about 2000 children to the party.

Michael took time off from touring, to visit South Africa where not only did he attend a private birthday party for the country’s President Nelson Mandela, he revealed he was writing a song about him. “I was working on it last night (19th July),” he said. “This is a wonderful, lovely man. I love Nelson Mandela very much.” Mandela, stepping out on to a patio to greet the media, turned to Michael and said, “I can see who is the world leader. I have never seen so many journalists!”

During the press conference in Sun City, Michael announces that his upcoming HIStory World Tour would reach South Africa.

While in South Africa, Michael also took time to visits the black township of Soweto, where he laid a wreath of flowers at the memorial to honor the youngsters who were shot dead by South Africa’s security forces during the 1976 Apartheid riots; and renders a bouquet of white roses, carnations and lilies in remembrance of 11-year-old leukemia victim, Jaymee Bowen.

Source: MJ Upbeat / Billie Jean


The Royal Concert In Brunei (16-07-1996)The Royal Concert In Brunei. 16-07-'96

For the Sultan’s 50th birthday celebrations, Sir Hassanai Bokiah, the world’s richest man, Michael performs at the Jerudong Amusement Park in Muslim Brunei, which bans the sale of alcohol, hangs drug traffickers and forbids Western practices which they believe causes ‘moral decay’. But officials said pop concerts were fine and Michael was regarded as a ‘clean’ performer.

It was a special concert For The Royal Family of Brunei and a warm up for Michael for his ‘History’ World Tour with the one-off concert staged inside the Sultan’s Jerudong Park Garden, a Disney-style theme park where admission and all the rides are free.

Admission to Michael’s concert was free, too, and around 60,000 fans packed into the park to attend his two hour show. Michael performed 18 songs, mostly from his previous ‘Dangerous’ tour set list. Apart from the black lace jacket he wore in the promo for ‘You Are Not Alone’, Michael re-used the stage outfits he had worn during the ‘Dangerous World Tour'.

Source: Billie Jean


The Essential Michael Jackson CD Album Cover'The Essential Michael Jackson' Still On The Charts. 15-07-'14

'The Essential Michael Jackson' compilation album hit stores this week in 2005. The 2-disc set features recordings from Michael spanning over 30 years of his career and includes hits such as 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'Man In The Mirror' and is currently on the Billboard Top 200 - nine years after its release.

'The Essential Michael Jackson' is released by Sony Music's catalog division Legacy Recordings on July 15th, 2005 in the United States as part of The Essential series.

The two-disc compilation features thirty-eight hit songs by Michael Jackson, from his days at Motown Records with The Jackson 5 in the late 1960's to his 2001 hit 'You Rock My World'.

Source: MichaelJackson.com / Billie Jean


Eddie Van Halen Joins Michael Jackson On Stage. 14-07-'84

We’ve all heard Eddie Van Halen‘s solo on Michael Jackson‘s ‘Beat It‘ more times than we can count. Only a select few, however, have heard it performed live.

In fact, it was only due to a lucky fluke of scheduling that Van Halen happened to be in town when Jackson — on the ‘Victory’ tour with his siblings as the Jacksons — arrived in Dallas for the group’s July 14, 1984 concert. It was a huge year for Jackson as well as Van Halen, with both acts riding high on the success of career-defining LPs; naturally, given that Eddie’s distinctive cameo had helped ‘Beat It’ hit No. 1 earlier in the spring, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to recreate the magic in front of an audience.

in the moments leading into Van Halen’s time in the spotlight. Of course, it’s just one of many outstanding solos in the legendary guitarist’s career, but his contribution to ‘Beat It’ remains a personal highlight for Eddie; as he revealed in a 2011 interview, it’s actually his favorite collaboration. “When I got there it took me 15 minutes to rearrange the song, and I played two solos and told them they could pick the one they liked best,” he recalled. “Then Michael walked in and said, ‘Wow! I really like that high, fast stuff you do.’ It was a lot of fun to do. It’s crazy that something could take such a short amount of time and can grow into something beyond anything you could ever imagine.”

Michael and Eddie Van Halen
The Jacksons with Eddie Van Halen live on stage with 'Beat It'.

Van Halen got a taste of its eventual impact while standing in line at a record store when ‘Beat It’ started playing. “The solo comes on, and I hear these kids in front of me going, ‘Listen to this guy trying to sound like Eddie Van Halen.’ I tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘That is me!’ That was hilarious,” he laughed in a separate interview. “I have a lot of respect for Michael. He’s going to be sorely missed. I’d be curious as to what he’d be doing right now.”

Source: 1037 The Loon / Billie Jean


Dinner Party At Michael's Encino Home In California. 13-07-'87

Twenty five CBS Records' executives and representatives from record chains across the country are invited to a dinner party at Michael's Encino home in California.

They are treated to a preview of the 'Bad' album and the 'Bad' video. Dinner is prepared by celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck.

Epic announces that Michael's new album 'Bad', has been completed and will be released on August 31 in all configurations, album, cassette and CD. Eight of the ten songs on the LP as well as the CD bonus track, 'Leave Me Alone', are penned by Michael. All lead and background vocals are sung by Michael except on three songs: 'Just Good Friends', a duet with Stevie Wonder, 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', a duet with Siedah Garrett, and 'Man In The Mirror', the gospel song featuring Andrae Crouch and the Andrae Crouch Choir, the Winans and Siedah Garrett.

Other musicians include: Greg Phillinganes, Steve Porcaro, David Paich, Paulinho da Costa, Michael Boddicker, Jimmy Smith, Larry Williams, John Barnes, and Billy Idol band guitarist, Steve Stevens, is the featured soloist on 'Dirty Diana'. The album is produced by Quincy Jones, co-produced by Michael and digitally recorded and mixed by Bruce Swedien, the same team responsible for 'Off The Wall' and 'Thriller'.

The original album cover which showed a close-up of Michael's face covered with a patterned lace net, was rejected by Walter Yetnikoff, President of CBS Records. The eventual cover was photographed during a 15 minute break from the 'Bad' video shoot.

Dinner party at Michael's Encino home in California (13-07-1987)
Dinner party at Michael's Encino home in California, on this picture you see right from Michael President of CBS Records Walter Yetnikoff, left Michael's manager Frank Dileo and right above his lawyer John Branca. Dinner was prepared by celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck.

Source: The Visual Documentary / Billie Jean


Michael Attends The Opening Of The Magic Johnson Sony Theatre In Los Angeles. 10-07-'95

Magic Johnson Theatre Opening (10-07-1995)The theatre was developed by Johnson Development Corporation, the business holding of basketball player-turned-entrepreneur Magic Johnson, and Sony Pictures Entertainment through a partnership with Sony-Loews Theatres. The one theatre goes on to become a chain of high-tech movie theatres.

The Chicago Tribune reported in 1995:
"The opening of yet another theatre shouldn't have raised a ripple of excitement, let alone attracted limousines full of celebrities and corporate kingpins and a gantlet of paparazzi. But this 12-screen multiplex, which wouldn't seem out of place in countless other malls in most American suburbs, represents something quite different here, and the stars — including Michael Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal — came out last month to mark its arrival. About four miles from the intersection of Florence and Normandie, the epicenter of the 1992 riots in South-Central Los Angeles, the Magic Johnson Theatres are a symbol of hope."

Afterwards, he went alone, without bodyguards, to a very busy shopping area where, in the words of a store merchant, he created pandemonium in several stores.

Source: MJ World / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Fan Award (06-07-2002)Michael Attends A Fan Club Party At Webster Hall In New York. 06-07-'02

Michael Jackson personally accepted the 'Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Award' during the '30 Years of Magic' Fan Celebration in New York, USA. It was handed over by Nijel, BPG, the artist who sculpted the award.

The '30 Years of Magic' Fan Celebration has been organized by MJFC and Navi with kind support by The Magical Child, King Of Pop Fanatics, MJJ Forum, The Michael Jackson World Network, Together for a better World, Michael Jackson...Magic, Heal 4 Michael, The Invincibles, and Diana d'Alo'.

A huge line began to form around Webster Hall in New York City where Michael Jackson would party with his fans to honor his accomplishments as a recording artist over the past 30 years.
The minute the doors opened at 5:00 pm, pandemonium erupted and many, many fans ran into the ballroom to find a spot in front of the stage. By 6:00 pm, the show began with a very special prayer from little William Hazelhurst. From that point on, Navi opened the show with an amazing MJ medley of songs, then Tom Fox swooned the crowd with two songs including an exceptional version of 'The Lady In My Life.'

Other highlights of the evening were dancer Simone Maurice, Danny Oliver, the Jewel Dancers, Ahmad Buie with his awesome rendition of 'You Rock My World,' and Bling Dynasty who really rocked the crowd.

At roughly 8:30 pm, Michael Jackson arrived at Webster Hall and took his seat on the balcony. He was immediately met with wild, thunderous applause from the audience. Almost taking away the attention of the performance taking place on the main floor. Michael enjoyed much of the second half of the show and was visibly moved by E´Casanova´s performance and words of inspiration dedicated to Michael. Shortly after E'Casanova's performance, TMC and Belgium's own Christ'OF sent the crowd into a frenzy with his performance of MJ classics such as 'You Were There', 'Jam', and 'Billie Jean' just to name a few. But what had to be the most incredible moment of the show was the dance interpretation of 'Heal The World' which was performed by The Unity Kids Choir and the Creative Outlet Dancers. Michael was visibly moved by this performance and began singing along with the track.

In closing the show, Michael was presented with a very special '30th Anniversary Fan Award' that fans from around the world helped to create. Nijel, the designer of the award, addressed the crowd and presented Michael with this award. Michael was very humbled by this award and took the opportunity to thank the fans for making this moment possible and even stopped during portions of his speech to collect signs from the audience. He became partial to one which read, "Tommy Mottola Go To Hell."Michael held the sign high and said, "This says it all." And with a few additional words, he left the stage and the night came to a close.

Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Fan Award (06-07-2002)
Michael Jackson attends a fan party at Webster Hall in New York. After watching the majority of the show michael goes down to the stage to accepts a '30th Anniversary Fan Award' from party organisers, MJFC.

With fans worldwide, who have donated to create this award which is not just an award, it is also a beautiful work of art!
It was carved by the artist Nijel BPG.
With the award was given to Michael a list with the name, country and age of each fan who donated money for this award.

The award was sponsored by MJFC King of Pop Fanatics, The Magical Child, MJWN, MJ Newspage Fan Club Fanship Turns To Friendship ODJF, Dangerous, Jackson Trader Together For A Better World, Scream International Project Jackson Nation and 3Generations.

Source: Billie Jean


Victory Album CoverThe Jacksons Releases 'Victory'. 06-07-'84

'Victory' by The Jacksons was exactly that-- but bittersweet. It was he sixth and the only album to include all six Jackson brothers together as an official group. The album sold over seven million copies worldwide and is released on July 6th, 1984 in the UK.

The album featured all six Jackson brothers, and showcased five of them as songwriters.

Michael’s 'State of Shock,' featuring Mick Jagger, was the biggest hit. But Jackie’s 'Torture,' and Marlon’s 'Body' also reached high on R&B and Pop charts. Randy’s 'One More Chance' was so endearing that sister Janet covered it several years later. Jackie’s 'Wait' and Tito’s 'We Can Change The World' became underrated gems.

All songs produced by The Jacksons, Steve Porcaro & David Paich.

Source: Billie Jean


Stranger In Moscow - On The Set (05-07-1996)Michael And Adrian Grant On The Set Of 'Stranger Of Moscow'. 05-07-'96

Adrian Grant meets up with Michael on the video set during the making of 'Stranger In Moscow', where they discuss future book plans. Michael states that Jarvis Cocker's invasion of his performance at The Brit Awards (February 19), was an act of 'jealousy'.

The song's music video, directed by Nick Brandt, and shot in Los Angeles, is focused around six unrelated people living in a cityscape while the rest of the world moves around them in slow motion. The first half of the video introduces these figures. They are a man looking down at the city from his bedroom window, a woman sitting alone in a coffee shop, a homeless man lying on the damp street, a lone figure feeding pigeons, a boy ostracized from a game of baseball, and Michael himself is the sixth figure, seen walking the city streets while he sings. Special effects are used to show birds and wasps flying, glass breaking and coffee spilling, all in slow motion.

In the second half of the scenario, heavy rain descends on the city and the citizens try to flee, all again seen in slow motion. From the safety of shelter, the six "strangers" watch everyone's futile attempts to avoid the sudden change in weather. Eventually they decide to go outside, where they look up at the sky and allow the rain to soak them. The video ends with Michael whipping his hair. During this scene, you hear a voice speaking softly in Russian, a reference to Moscow.

Source: The Visual Documentary / Billie Jean


The Pepsi Chase Pinball Machine. 01-07-'88

Michael is given a one off 'Pepsi Chase' pinball machine by his Bad tour sponsors Pepsi in Germany on July 1st, 1988. A post on Pinball Machines notes that the adapted Data East machine was produced in 1987 although there has never been a mass produced MJ pinball game.

The machine included Michael's voice when targets were hit. The back glass featured artwork of Michael jumping from a Pepsi truck and both sides showed Michael driving a car down a highway passing a Pepsi truck.

Michael had several pinball machines at Neverland including Striker Xtreme, Austin Powers, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Terminator 3, and The Simpsons Pinball Party along with two Williams Superpin classics Star Trek: The Next Generation and Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure).

Bad Tour - Backstage (01-07-1988)
Michael Jackson is playing backstage on the 'Pepsi Chase' pinball machine before his Bad tour concert in Hamburg, Germany.

Source: Billie Jean

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