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Michael Officially Launches His Heal The World Foundation At An Orphanage In Bucharest. 30-09-'92

Michael Jackson Heal the World Foundation was founded by Michael Jackson on September 30th, 1992 as a charitable organization to aid children and the environment. It shared the name with Michael’s charitable single, the song he, by his own admission, was most proud of. The foundation’s goals included providing medicine for children and fighting child abuse as well as world hunger, drug and alcohol abuse. Heal the World Foundation worked with established local and national organizations to share expertise and infrastructure in delivering aid to disadvantaged children.The Launch of the Heal The World Foundation (30-09-1992)

An estimated 6,000 people pour onto the streets to witness the Michael Jackson procession make its way to the Leanganul Pentru Copii Sfinta Ecaterina orphanage in Bucharest to formally open a playground for 500 orphans funded by Michael.

President Illiescu and the world’s press are there. Outside, Michael is mobbed by children, on his way to the newly restored Casino Theatre for a rare press conference to officially launch the Heal The World Foundation in the presence of the Prime Minister.

At the press conference Michael says:
“I’m very happy to be here…….in Romania, and for my concert live on HBO, and to help the children……. Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Prime Minister. These children are as dear to me as all the children of the world. Today, I’ve had the opportunity to see the face of transformation and civilization. A moment like this means healing the world. We must heal the world and ourselves. We have to weave our life like a web, because we are part of this web. Out of negligence, we have contaminated and polluted our planet and, in exchange, we hurt ourselves. In the life songs of ages is the dance of our blood. The environment is an extension of our body and it gives the pulse of love, is the orchestra of universe’s symphony. It is music’s territory and enables us to rediscover our souls. Let’s rejoice together in love today, unity and conciliation. Let’s heal everybody and, thus, heal ourselves. Let us make a covenant with life and let us celebrate with joy a new world… and healed. Thank you… especially, to all the children of the world. I love you all. Thank you so much.. Thank you..”

A portion of the proceeds from his Bucharest concert is reported to have been directed to the Serbian refugees at the time. A press booklet distributed at the launch contained an interview with Michael, in which he described the Heal The World Foundation as “an international foundation I have formed to formalise, focus and spearhead my activities and desires, to help improve conditions in our world… In order to heal the world, we must start by first healing our children.“

During his stay in Bucharest, he also takes time to visit the Snagov Monastery, built by Vlad Tepes, the so-called Dracula; he requests privacy, and spends six hours inside, reportedly, in order to pray and explore the building, but agrees to sign an autograph for one of the female journalists waiting outside.

Source: Billie Jean


Save The Children Benefit Concert (29-09-1972)The Jackson 5 Perform For "Save The Children". 29-09-'72

The Jackson 5 perform for "Save The Children", a film theme of the 1972 "Black Exposition" and conducted by "Operation PUSH" ("People To Save Humanity").

In honor of the "Save The Children" foundation, the Jackson 5 participate, with the greatest Black artists of the era, at the series of concerts given during 5 days at t annual event organized by the Reverend Jesse Jackson in Chicago. The Black PUSH Expo '72 benefit concert at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, IL at the PUSH Expo: Save the Children (2:00 pm show). The Jackson 5 performing sometime during the week of September 27-October 1 a medley of their hits: 'I Want You Back', 'ABC' and 'I Wanna Be Where You Are'.

Michael’s voice was just starting to show signs of pubescent change, although admittedly that change wasn’t as profound as it is for most boys who are becoming men.

The show was filmed and included in the concert movie double LP Save The Children includes the best moments: the event highlighting, among musical acts, footage of the city’s black population, their churches, schools, slums and playgrounds, and promoting the hope for an improved future, benefiting the children of Chicago, Illinois.

Source: Billie Jean


This Is It Movie (27-09-2009)Tickets To Michael Jackson’s 'This Is It' Movie Went On Sale. 27-09-'09

The first day of ticket sales, all 3,000 tickets to the advanced screenings of the film had “sold out within two hours [on] early Sunday [(September 27).” Fans had reportedly waited in line for days.

CinemaBlend.com reported that over 160 showings had sold out. Reuters.com, stated that “hundreds of screenings in North America have already sold out, a month before the film’s October 28 opening.”

Sony, confirmed that over 30,000 tickets were sold in the first 24 hours that tickets went of sale. Sony also stated – as of September 28, – that the film’s ‘moved’ over 1 million dollars in tickets sales in Japan.

Sony announced in a press release that in the “last 24 hours (since September 27)“, that over 80% of all Fandango.com and Movietickets.com sales for the film, had already sold out in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Nashville and New York, among others and: “Internationally, exhibitors from London and Sydney to Bangkok and Tokyo have experienced the same epic demand.” Sony stated in a statement of the film’s good ticket sale’s that: “Staggering advance sales were reported in Australia, where tickets for Michael Jackson’s 'This Is It' purchased through Village Cinemas exceeded the lifetime pre-sales of such blockbusters as Transformers and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Makes A Photoshoot For The Upcoming Cover Of Ebony Magazine. 25-09-'07

Michael attends a photoshoot for the upcoming cover of 'Ebony' magazine at the Brooklyn museum in Brooklyn, New York, with photographer Matthew Rolston.

'Ebony' magazine had been working with Michael and his staff for eight months on the details of the shoot and interview.

The night before, Michael and his son Prince Michael, II, fondly known as Blanket, arrived at the hotel suite-turned dressing room to look at the clothes selected by renowned stylist Phillip Bloch. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli provided clothing, as well as such designers as Valentino, Yohji Yamamoto, Hugo Boss, Cesare Paciotti, and more. More than $2 million worth of diamond jewellery was also on the set from the likes of Jacob the Jeweller, H. Stern and Lorraine Schwartz.

Ebony Magazine Photoshoot (25-09-2007)
Michael attends a photoshoot for the upcoming cover of 'Ebony' magazine at the Brooklyn museum in Brooklyn, New York, with photographer Matthew Rolston.

Normally the museum is closed to the public on Mondays, but the staff allowed it to be used as the location for the historic shoot. Celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston, 'Ebony' creative director Harriette Cole and 'Ebony' photo director Dudley Brooks had already scouted several locations including the grand Beaux-Arts Court, Egyptian gallery and sculpture garden. The shoot began at around 3 p.m.

During the session, a relaxed Michael grooved to his own music - 'PYT,' 'Billie Jean,' and 'Human Nature' - booming from a sound system, and even showed off a few of his trademark dance moves. After five wardrobe changes and six hours of memorable photography, he thanked the crew and was on his way back to the hotel, just in time to put the kids to bed.

The next day, he arrived at his hotel around noon for what would be Michael's first sit down interview in years. For the next hour and a half, Michael shared his thoughts and passions on the making of 'Thriller,' MTV and music videos, God, fatherhood and the state of the music industry today; published in December issue of 'Ebony' magazine.

Source: Billie Jean


'Goin’ Back To Indiana', The Jackson 5 First TV Special Is Aired On ABC. 19-09-'71

The Jackson 5's first TV Special 'Goin' Back To Indiana' was recorded in the States on 9th and 10th July 1971, and included concert footage of the Jackson 5's return to Gary on May 29th. The special aired on ABC-TV on September 19th, 1971.

Guests included: Comedians Bill Cosby and Tom Smothers. Football players Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier and Ben Davidson. Basketball "dream team" Elgin Baylor, Ben Davison, Elvin Hayes and Bill Russell. Singers Bobby Darin and Diana Ross.

Footage of the group arriving at the venue and crowds of fans screaming and running. Note: the group is playing live and really plays their instruments well! Tito is cool on fuzz electric guitar. The dance moves are tight and look fantastic.

The Jackson 5 played two songs in the rehearsal hall. 'I Want You Back' and 'Maybe Tomorrow'.

Each song was followed by a dream section featuring Tito as a racing car driver as 'Tito Thunderball Jackson' against the Crimson Ghost played by Tom Smothers.

The second dream sketch featured all the brothers as football players against NBA greats basketball stars Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Elvin Hayes and Ben Davidson. Also featured was "Rosey" Grier in a story called "The Day Basketball Was Saved".

Goin Back To Indiana - TV Special (19-09-1971)
Michael Jackson at the 'Goin Back To Indiana - TV Special' for ABC-TV.

Special opened with Scoop Noteworthy in the Jackson 5's bedroom having turned up for an interview, only to learn from Michael that it was set for 4pm and not 4am.

The brothers play a joke on Michael during 'Maybe Tomorrow' stopping the music for awhile, before continuing. Michael introduced a clip from their cartoon series backed by the song 'ABC'.

Performance list:

1. I Want You Back - 2:53
2.
Tito Thunderball's car race - 5:45
3. Maybe Tomorrow - 2:26
4. Basketball Dram Team skit - 8:00
5. ABC (Animated Video) - 2:18
6. Diana Ross & Scoop in limo - 1:10
7. Stand - 2:56
8. Feelin Alright - 2:57
9. Take It Higher - 2:01
10. The Love You Save - 4:06
11. Going Back To Indiana - 3:09
12. Scoop & Jackson 5 finale - 1:35

During the week the Jackson 5 special was aired the first episode of Longstreet was set to air, co-starring Bruce Lee, a legend Michael would go on to admire.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Lends His Voice To A Character Of The Cartoon The Simpsons, 'Stark Raving Dad'. 19-09-'91

Michael lent his voice to Leon Kompowsky in the Season 3 premiere of The Simpsons – 'Stark Raving Dad'.

The third series of The Simpsons aired on Fox. In the first episode, Homer is forced to wear a pink shirt to work one day as a result of a laundry accident and is mistaken for a “free thinking anarchist”. After failing a psychiatric test (which, rather unwisely, he’d asked his son Bart to complete on his behalf), he is sent to a mental institution. Homer’s room-mate, a large character called Leon Kompowsky, believes he is Michael Jackson – and sings 'Billie Jean' and shows Homer how to moonwalk, to prove it! Homer is charmed by Leon and brings him home from a mental institution, where the rest of the family eventually falls in love with him. Meanwhile, because he normally forgets her birthday, Bart promises his sister Lisa that he will get her the best present ever. The sweetest moment comes at the end when Leon and Bart perform a birthday song for Lisa.

Stark Raving Dad (19-09-1991)
In the episode of September 19th, 1991, Homer is forced to wear a pink shirt to work one day and is mistaken for a "free thinking anarchist" and sent to a mental institution. He shares a room with a large white man who acts as if he were Michael Jackson.

The ‘Special Guest Voice’, for contractual reasons, was credited as John Jay Smith in the closing credits, and his role in the episode was not officially confirmed until later. Because of the misleading credit, the fact that it was actually MJ remained a rumor among many fans apparently took heed of the often-taught Simpsons lesson of never believing what’s on TV. Despite initial denials issued by Michael’s camp it was not until Matt Groening confirmed Michael did provide Leon’s voice, when the episode was released on DVD in 2003. And Michael is a great fan of America’s favourite dysfunctional cartoon family, created by Matt Groening.

Following the script read, MJ stipulated his conditions: he would record his speaking parts but not receive credit, and his singing voice would be performed by a sound-alike. Leon Kompowsky’s singing voice was instead performed by Kipp Lennon, because Jackson wanted to play a joke on his brothers and fool them into thinking the impersonator was him. Lennon recorded his lines at the same time as Jackson, who found the impersonations hilarious. The episode originally was supposed to end with Kompowsky singing a portion of 'Man In The Mirror' in his Michael Jackson voice as he walked down the road, but it was changed to him singing the beginning of 'Happy Birthday Lisa' in his normal voice.

'Stark Raving Dad' received generally positive reviews from critics, particularly for the writing and Jackson’s performance.

Source: Billie Jean


Figure Michael Raisin (18-09-1989)Michael Raisin Debuted On U.S. Television. 18-09-'89

A California Raisins commercial that featured a “claymation” version of Michael Jackson debuted on U.S. television.

The new California Raisin commercial first aired in theaters in July featured a claymation MJ. The claymation MJ dreams of being Michael Raisin, who performs 'Heard It Through The Grapevine'. Michael’s singing voice isn’t used in the ad, but his speaking voice is. When clay Mike wakes up, he figures the strange dream he had must been due to, “something I ate”.

Even though Michael’s own singing voice couldn’t be used in the ads, due to his exclusive contract with ; he did contribute to the making of the ads, acting as a model for the claymation figure & contributing to the creation of six other backup raisins. A 30 minute film of Michael performing was made to serve as a model for the figure’s movements. Michael received a $25,000 fee for his contribution to the ads, which he donated to charity.

Source: MJ Upbeat / Billie Jean


The J5 Performing On The Jim Nabors Show. 17-09-'70

The Jackson 5ive made their first guest appearance on a musical variety show, performing on the Jim Nabors Show.

The Jackson 5 were the only guests on the Jim Nabors Hour for his 1970 season premiere. Nabors was an affable, goofy actor who had achieved national fame as a country bumpkin named Gomer Pyle on the situation comedy, The Andy Griffith Show.

The Jackson 5 sang 'The Love You Save' and 'I'll Be There,' their latest single (with an oddly truncated counter-lead from Jermaine), and they acted in a skit set in a hotel in which Nabors played a bellhop being duped by the Jackson 5 and their manager, who was trying to sneak all five boys into a hotel room that had a limit of two guests. When Jackie popped out of the closet to place his sandwich order he says: "I'll have a tuna and tomato!"

Jim Nabors Hour (17-09-1970)
The Jim Nabors Hour was a variety television series hosted by Jim Nabors that aired on the CBS television network in the States. Jim Nabors had an unbelievable voice and allowed him to showcase that talent.

On musical variety shows, it was nearly always incumbent on the musical guests to perform a number with the host. The Jackson 5 performed two songs with Jim: they sang a gorgeous a cappella introduction to the Beatles' current hit, 'Let It Be' before Jim took over with a version that wasn't going to make Paul McCartney nervous about the competition. The embarrassing ensemble of dancers at the end of the song was also a strange requirement of musical variety shows.

They also sang a song that was a very odd choice: an hip, updated version of 'Shortnin' Bread.' The song, written in a faux Negro dialect, was popularized in minstrel shows of the early 20th century, and at least Jim had the good sense to sing it without blackface and to tweak the lyrics a bit.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Appears On The Cover Of National Enquirer In An Oxygen Chamber. 16-09-'86

America's National Enquirer ran a cover story 'Michael Jackson’s Bizarre Plan to Live to 150'. Pictured, Michael apparently sleeping in an oxygen chamber at Brotman Memorial Hospital, fanning the already rampant rumors of his eccentric and puzzling lifestyle.

The photograph showed the singer, then aged 28, in a striped shirt, dark trousers and white socks, lying on his back with his eyes closed in a hyperbaric chamber of the type used to treat victims of serious burns, embolisms and carbon monoxide poisoning. Something, so the story claimed, Michael did every night as he believed it would prolong his life expectancy!

Such a machine typically consists of a steel and glass or Perspex cylinder inside which the patient is sealed while pure oxygen, under considerable pressure, floods damaged flesh, thus preserving circulation and maintaining tissues essential to the healing process.

Michael inside a oxygen chamber (09-1986)
Michael Jackson is pictured inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at Brotman Memorial Hospital.

Source: Billie Jean


The Flintstone Kids (15-09-1988)The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special Airs On ABC. 15-09-'88

Seventeen years after the Jackson 5ive cartoon series first aired, Michael was a cartoon again. Michael lent his song, 'Beat It' to be used in a Flinstone Kids cartoon special encouraging kids to say no to drugs. The Flintstone Kids "Just Say No" Special was a 30-minute television special featuring The Flintstone Kids and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which aired on ABC.

'Just Say No' is performed by Michael's sister LaToya Jackson and Laren Bright and Lane Raichert adapted the lyrics for the special.

New lyrics used for the song in the show included:

They told the girl
Why don't you step over here
You wanna be cool
Take a look in here
They wanna do drugs
And they're words are really clear
So beat it!
You don't need it!
(Say no!)

In it, little Fred, Barney, Wilma, and Betty work odd jobs to earn enough money for tickets to a Michael Jackstone concert. When Wilma refuses to use marijuana in order to join a "cool crowd", the Flintstone Kids and their friends start a campaign against drugs while trying to get tickets to a Michael Jackstone concert. They finally make it to the concert and see Michael Jackstone singing new lyrics to 'Beat It' about not needing drugs.

In the cartoon, Stone Age Michael, voiced by Kipp Lennon, wears one glove and dons sunglasses. He moonwalks, and even grabs his crotch while dancing!

The Flintstone kids need to raise money in order to buy tickets to see Michael Jackstone (obvious reference) in concert. While attempting to raise money from teamwork, some older kids try to push drugs on our young role models. After failing to raise the money, the kids enter a race whose grand prize is tickets to see Jackstone. The older drug users also enter the race, expecting to crush our heroes. The effects of high drug abuse is shown when the Flintstone kids win the race due to the poor health of the drug users.

This was one of a few cartoon shows (another notable includes Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue) in the 80's to show young children that drugs were bad. This was one of the more effective shows because every kid could relate to the story. The desired thought process in kids would be, "I like to win. Drugs will make me slow, meaning I will lose. Hence, drugs will make me into a loser." While most kids could care less about the message, it seeped its way into their subconscious.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael's 'Thriller' Video Wins Award. 14-09-'84

At the first annual MTV Video Awards show held at the Radio City Music Hall, NY., Michael’s ‘Thriller’ video wins awards in three separate categories including Best Overall Performance, Best Choreography and the highly coveted Viewer’s Choice Award. Michael does not attend the presentation.

Diana Ross shows up in Moonman-inspired fashion to accept her brother's awards.

Michael Jackson, who scored three Moonmen, among his trophies was one for Best Choreography and the all-important Viewer's Choice Award. Both were bestowed upon him for his epic John Landis-directed 'Thriller' music video, a groundbreaking entry into the field that substantially impacted the way these silly, little music videos were judged in the wider arts community.

MTV Video Music Awards (14-09-1984)
Diana Ross shows up at the first annual MTV Video Awards show in Moonman-inspired fashion with choreographer Michael Peters to accept Michael's Best Choreography Award.

Source: Billie Jean


LA Gear Press Conference (13-09-1989)Michael Jackson Signed A $28 Million Deal With L.A. Gear. 13-09-'89

A press conference was held in Los Angeles to announce Michael’s new multi million endorsement deal with “L.A. Gear”. The two year deal called for Michael to design and market a line of sports shoes and sportswear as well as appear in commercials. Under the marketing campaign ‘Unstoppable’ a wide range of activities was promised to promote the collection.

At the press conference, Michael wore black pants and jacket with a purple shirt and sunglasses. He also wore, instead of the usual black loafers, a pair of black & silver L.A. Gear tennis shoes. As usual, Michael was very brief with his comments: “”I look forward to the challenge of creating and designing with this hot LA fashion lead… I am very happy to be part of the L.A. Gear magic and I hope we have a very rewarding, successful career. Thank you.”

Pop singer was said to be paid close to $28 million to be the company spokesperson and to design a line of men’s leisure shoes, black shoes, and T-shirts – for double what Pepsi had paid him, the highest corporate association ever.

The company’s stock responded strongly, rising four points in the three days following the announcement. The company’s use of Michael Jackson was ‘more than a growth opportunity, they’re trying to maintain their fashion image,’ Paine Webber analyst Frank Podbelsek told Advertising Age. Under the umbrella theme Unstoppable L.A. Gear prepared to tap Michael Jackson’s worldwide popularity by coordinating the Jackson line rollout with the release of a collection of his greatest hits called A Decade which was never released and the deal was dropped after only one commercial.

'Decade': Originally scheduled for release in November, 1989, 'Decade' was to be a double album of Michael’s greatest hits with 3 to 5 new songs included, among them his cover of the Beatles 'Come Together'. Slated for release simultaneously was a 'Decade' video cassette. The project was later shelved due to an avalanche of new material, prompting thoughts of a brand new album instead, much to the delight of his fans, which become, 'Dangerous'.

In August 1990, commercials for “L.A. Gear” with Michael began airing in movie theatres.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s 'Captain EO' Debuted At Disneyland’s Journey Into Imagination At Epcot Center.
12-09-'86

More than a year after this first announcement, 'Captain EO', Michael’s 17 minute space fantasy 3-D movie, premièred 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.
Billed as ‘a celebration of triumph over evil’, it included two new songs written and performed by Michael, 'Another Part Of Me' (later featured on Michael’s album 'Bad') and 'We Are Here To Change The World'.

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.

Captain EO at Epcot Center (12-09-1986)
'Captain EO', Michael’s 17 minute space fantasy 3-D movie, premièred at Epcot Center in Disney World, Florida.

After a long delay, 'Captain EO' premiered at the Epcot Center on September 12, 1986. A 3-D special effects extravaganza, the seventeen-minute film cost $30 million to make, making it the most expensive movie ever produced on a per-minute basis at the time.

Designed specifically for screening at the Disneyland and Disney World amusement parks, 'Captain EO' was more than a movie, it was a full-on sensory experience, created to provide a thrill equal to any rollercoaster. Michael starred as the movie’s namesake, a space hero who leads a ragtag assortment of cute creatures in a mission to unlock the despotic Witch Queen’s (played by Angelica Huston) inner beauty, armed only with the power of song and dance.

'Captain EO' is regarded as the first '4-D' film: the action on the screen extended into the audience, including lasers, laser impacts, smoke effects & starfields that filled the theater.
These in-theater effects resulted in the 17 minute film cost $30 million to produce; At $1.76 million per minute, it is still the most expensive minute-for-minute film ever made!

Source: Billie Jean


The Animated "The Jackson Five" TV series Debuted On ABC. 11-09-'71

A fictionalized portrayal of the careers of the adventures of Motown’s hit sibling group, The Jackson Five. The 5 got into wacky situations each week, usually instigated by young Michael. Each episode was highlighted by a musical video sequence in the trippy style of “The Yellow Submarine.” The show was produced by Rankin/Bass.

The series was animated mainly in London at the studios of Halas and Batchelor, and some animation done at Estudios Moro, Barcelona, Spain. The director was Spanish-American Robert Balser.

Jackson 5 was only the second animated series to feature black characters (basketball legends the Harlem Globetrotters starred in the first.

Jack Davis, of ‘MAD’ fame, was responsible for the character designs. Michael and his brothers were far too busy to contribute dialogue themselves, but all the songs featured were Jackson 5 originals – providing the group with a useful vehicle for promoting not only their hits but lesser known album cuts as well.

The J5 Cartoons (11-09-1971)
The 23 episodes cartoon series aired from September 1971 to February 1973. Follow Marlon, Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Michael along  with his pets – mice Ray & Charles and snake Rosie – through their misadventures in cartoon land.

Source: MJ Upbeat / Billie Jean


Bad Tour (Liverpool) (11-09-1988)Michael Performs His Final European Concert In Liverpool. 11-09-'88

Biggest concert of the Bad tour was staged at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse (home of the famous Grand National steeplechase) attending 125,000.

Michael was really gearing up for: his September 11 date at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse, the final show of his European tour.

It was Michael’s wish to play Liverpool. “I have always considered Liverpool the home of contemporary pop music by virtue of its being the birthplace of the incomparable Beatles,” he told the press.

Making his Liverpool date loom even more significant was his announcement that it would be his last European show ever, and that he intended to quit doing live performances completely following his world tour.
While I didn’t believe for a minute that Michael would never perform again, I did think it was conceivable that he would take a break from performing so that he could pursue other interests.

As it turned out, the Aintree Racecourse concert drew the largest crowd, by far, on Michael’s world tour: one hundred thirty-three thousand Liverpudlians.
When I scanned the crowd from the side of the stage before Michael went on, I was astounded by the sight of people, people, and more people everywhere.

Unfortunately, the night also made news because it was marred by violence and injuries.

We had been warned about Liverpool. “You have to careful there,” we were told. “A lot of people are out of work, and they’re uptight.”

Bad Tour (Liverpool) (11-09-1988)
Biggest concert of the Bad tour was staged at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse (home of the famous Grand National steeplechase) attending 125,000.

Sure enough, thousands of people without tickets tried to crash the concert, eventually breaking down the makeshift walls that had been erected around the racecourse. Dozens of police on horseback attempted to keep them back, and the scene resembled a battle zone. Inside the track, meanwhile, several thousand people were treated for fainting and minor injuries, a result of all the shoving and jockeying for position among the incredible mass of people.

Violence even erupted in the lighting and sound booth, high above the crowd. The local security people had taken themselves to seat their friends in the choice seats there, seats that had been reserved for Michael’s V.I.P. guests.
When one of Michael’s security people asked them to leave, a handful of the Liverpool security people jumped him. The police had to be called in, and they ordered everyone down from the booth except for Michael’s technicians.

Because of the cold weather I remained on one side of the stage, so I didn’t see the brawl. But the fighting affected me, too, in that, for security reasons, I was asked by Michael’s people to join his V.I.P. guests in making an early exit from the show aboard a bus. I wound up missing the last half of the concert.

Michael didn’t learn about what had happened in the crowd and the lighting booth until after the show. Pleased as he was with his show and the reception he’d received from the mammoth crowd, he was quite upset by the injury report and, especially, the violence. If there is anything that Michael abhors, it’s violence.

Source: Billie Jean


30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years. 07/10-09-'01

As Michael approaches Madison Square Garden for his sold out tribute show with Elizabeth Taylor by his side, a reporter asks him about the evenings entertainment. Michael replies: ” It’s a reunion! I’m honoured! I’m honoured that the world appreciates my art! I’m very honoured!”

Wearing a loose, white, sequined jacket and black leather trousers, Michael begins the evening seated on the front row along with Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin and his parents Katherine and Joseph Jackson. Countless celebrities from the entertainment industry and all avenues of entertainment have turned out to honour Michael and celebrate the 30th anniversary of his solo career.

Usher, Mya and Whitney Houston begin the show with a performance of 'Wanna Be Startin' 'Somethin'. Marlon Brando appears, sitting on a couch and says that Michael was donating money to build a children’s hospital in Florida. Liza Minnelli sings 'You Are Not Alone', Minnelli telling the audience: “He’s sang for me for so many years, I’ll sing for him anytime!” Billy Gilman sings Michael’s first solo number one 'Ben' which is well received by the audience.

30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years (07-09-2001)
The Jacksons and N'sync on stage at the 30th Anniversary, Madison Square Garden, New York City, U.S.A. with 'Dancing Machine'.

The highlight of the evening for many fans is the reunion of the Jacksons who open their segment with 'Can You Feel It' and also include the songs 'I Want You Back', 'ABC', 'The Love You Save' and 'I’ll Be There'. N’Sync join the Jackson brothers on stage during 'Dancing Machine' and the Jacksons’ hit 'Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)' finishes the brothers’ reunion for the evening.

Michael’s solo performances includes 'Billie Jean' to which the crowd response is so enthusiastic that his video screen image begins to shake. The crowd chant along spontaneously during his extended dance segment with his patented moonwalk and robotic moves. Michael also performs 'The Way You Make Me Feel' with Britney Spears.

Slash, the former lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, brings his distinctive guitar style to rock-influenced Michael songs 'Black Or White' and 'Beat It'. The extended Slash guitar solo at the end of 'Beat It' has Michael on his knees and flat on his back. 'You Rock My World' follows with Michael singing on stage with a 48-piece orchestra behind him. Other performers during the evening are Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Destiny’s Child, Yoko Ono, Marc Anthony, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Tucker and Samuel Jackson.

The concert ends with an all-star ‘We Are The World’ and ‘You Rock My World’ finale at 12.25am.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Went On To Pick Up Three Awards At The MTV Video Music Awards. 07-09-'95

After giving a stunning performance at the opening of the 12th annual MTV Music Video Awards, Michael went on to pick up three awards for Best Dance Video, Best Choreography and Best Art Direction for his and Janet's video, 'Scream'.

Michael opened the proceedings, delighting the audience as he moonwalked, spun and twirled, through a stunning medley of some of his greatest hits: 'Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough'/'The Way You Make Me Feel'/'Jam'/'Scream'/'Beat It'/'Black Or White'/'Billie Jean'/'Dangerous'.

Slash joined Michael on stage during 'Black Or White' and, before he launched into an exhilarant performance of 'Dangerous', Michael said:
“Some of us like to play it safe and take each day as it comes. Some of us like to take that crazy walk on the wild side . . . so, for those of us who like living dangerously – this one’s for you!”

As a finale, Michael sang 'You Are Not Alone''.

MTV Video Music Awards (07-09-1995)
Michael Jackson receives an Award from Janet at the 12th annual MTV Music Video Awards at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Michael and Janet collected the first of these awards personally and, in his brief acceptance speech, Michael said, “My favourite thing about doing the 'Scream' video was that it was really an excuse to work with my sister, Janet, because I truly adore her. She’s one of the sweetest people in the world.”

Janet caused a stir by wearing a T-shirt with 'PERVERT 2' embroidered on it, her way of showing her support for Michael.
“I had it made especially,” she told reporters. “People can draw their own conclusions.”

Michael’s performance and the standing ovation he received proved unquestionably his continued popularity with the public in general, and his ability to excite and satisfy a live audience.

Every other performer at the show praised Michael, from alternative band Weezer to Notorious B.I.G. Chris Connely of MTV said the backstage area was filled with celebs trying to get a spot in the wings to watch Michael.

Source: Billie Jean


MTV Video Music Awards In New York. 06-09-'01

At the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, Michael joins N’Sync towards the end of their single ‘Pop’ performance.

Michael lit up the stage with a short but dazzling dance number including some of his trademark dance moves while Justin Timberlake beat boxed.

Near the end of the group’s performance of ‘Pop’ the words “King of Pop” appeared on a giant Etch a Sketch, only to be replaced by a silhouette of Michael. As the oversized drawing device was elevated, Michael, dressed in a white V-neck T-shirt and a black shirt and pants, came onstage and started to do the robot, pop-lock and show off his often-imitated spins and feet shuffling, but he did not sing.

His cameo surprised the crowd who give him a standing ovation and his performance made headlines all over the world and was considered by observers and critics as the highlight of the show.

MTV Video Music Awards (06-09-2001)
Michael Jackson joins N'Sync towards the end of their single 'Pop' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

Source: Billie Jean


Kora All African Music Awards (04-09-1999)Kora All African Music Awards. 04-09-'99

Michael receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from ex-president Nelson Mandela at the Kora All African Music Awards held at Sun City in South Africa.

During the show Michael hands over a cheque for one million South African rand to Nelson Mandela for the ‘Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.’ The money was raised at the ‘Michael Jackson And Friends’ concerts.

The former President declaring the following on the donation: “The trustees of the Children’s Foundation and myself would like to express our deepest appreciation to our friend, Michael Jackson. He is a supporter of worthy causes and I’m happy that the foundation is tonight one of his benefitions…. And the contribution of Michael Jackson, I hope, will inspire people not only in our country, but throughout the world, to follow his example and to bring a measure of happiness to our children….”

Source: Billie Jean


The Day The Brady Bunch Meets The Jackson 5. 04-09-'71

It all went down nearly 43 years ago as the much ballyhooed duel of the titans since Ali fought Liston.

Back in the dark ages, when there were only Three TV networks, the new crop of Saturday morning cartoons were ballyhooed each season with prime time specials.

The Brady Bunch met the Jackson 5 on neutral turf on a “sunshiny day” in 1971.

On the kidvid promo Brady Bunch visits ABC, the fictional Mike and Carol Brady dropped off the brood off at the studio.

Making their way through the morass of sugary-coated fare, the Cali kids met Motown cool – on the scene to promo their own new Saturday morning cartoon, “The Jackson 5ive”.

A pint-sized Michael Jackson led the Detroit delegation and Greg, “Johnny Bravo” led The Silver Platters singers, who would have their own cartoon show as well – The Brady Kids.

The Brady Bunch meets The Jackson 5 (04-09-1971)
The Jackson 5 made an appearance on 'The Brady Bunch Visits ABC' special, the Jackson 5 were filming their 'Goin' Back To Indiana' special at the ABC Studios.

Source: National Enquirer / Billie Jean

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