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Messaggio da soulmum » 8 agosto 2021, 8:21

#OnThisDay August 7th, 1994. #MichaelJackson was shooting a teaser for his forthcoming HIStory album in Budapest. It was directed by Rupert Wainwright. Fans were invited to participate in the film, which featured a huge army and stunning special effects.
The History album teaser is a commercial created by Michael Jackson for the album launch. It was decided to create an advertisement that somehow reflected the mood for the arrival of Michael's new work. Thus inspired by the great parades at the end of the war.
The city of Budapest in Hungary was chosen for registration, not only because Michael loved its historic buildings, but also because of low production costs. The Hungarian city charged him $ 2 per hour per square meter for the use of a public square, $ 5 for a street and $ 10 for the boulevard.
Michael arrived in the evening on August 5 with 100 people, including about twenty bodyguards. Two days earlier, 85 technicians had arrived to record the video.
There was a throng of reporters, photographers and cameramen on site, as it was the first time that Michael and Lisa Marie made their public appearance as husband and wife.
The scenes where Michael participated were shot during the planned 3 days, the rest of the commercial was recorded in a Los Angeles studio.
On August 7, Michael arrived at around 10.00 am to begin filming, accompanied by his wife Lisa Marie.
In the set already prepared in the courtyard of the Castle of the Kings of Hungary, in the hills of Buda, there was also Valentino, Michael's double, who had been rehearsing for the shooting for more than two hours.
On the second day, the scene will be recorded where Michael walks along Dozsa Gyorgy street, known as Stalin Square. Michael marched alongside 300 soldiers in a large avenue, while the crowd threw confetti and serpentine.
It is said that the coils were launched by some machines. One of the coils containing the coils landed on Jackson's head. For this reason, in the end, to avoid other accidents, they chose to throw them by hand.
During filming, Michael always stayed away from his admirers and protected from the sun with a pink umbrella. Only appeared for a few minutes, to greet everyone, when the cameras were on.
After filming in Hungary, the rest of filming continued at Illusion Arts, with the collaboration of specialists in compositions of images and special effects, Suy Dutton and Bill Taylor.
Thanks to a technology called "Electric Image Animation System", the multiplied effect of the soldiers on the march was obtained, from 300 to thousands.
On May 22, 1995, the HIStory teaser was broadcast for the first time on MTV. Intended to promote the album of the same name which will be released one month later, this almost four minutes advertising film of the British director Rupert Wainwright was filmed in August 1994 in Budapest, Hungary.

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#OnThisDay August 10th, 1994. #MichaelJackson took a break from recording his "History" album to meet 4 terminally ill children. Michael’s Heal the World foundation also distributed $20,000 worth of toys & food to a children’s hospital in Budapest

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Messaggio da soulmum » 11 agosto 2021, 13:15

OnThisDay August 10th, 1985. #MichaelJackson purchased the “ATV Back Catalogue” for US$ 47.5 million.
The catalogue (publishing rights), today worth 3 times as much, comprises over 4’000 compositions, including 251 songs by The Beatles as well as hits by Pat Benatar, Little Richard, The Pointer Sisters and The Pretenders. Michael already owned the publishing rights to the Sly Stone collection as well as a collection of 60’s hits.
Michael Jackson rewarded his attorney John Branca and then-manager Frank Dileo each with a Rolls Royce for their help in negotiating the “Beatles deal”.
Michael’s decade-old friendship with Paul McCartney was brought to an abrupt end, when he spent $47.5 million buying ATV Music, the company that owned the Lennon-McCartney songwriting catalog. Ironically, McCartney had been the one to suggest Michael invest in music publishing a few years earlier, not suspecting how that advice would affect him personally. Michael Jackson stayed at the home of McCartney and his wife Linda during the recording sessions of #1 hit single “Say, Say, Say”, becoming friendly with both. One evening whilst at the dining table, McCartney brought out a booklet displaying all the songs to which he owned the publishing rights. He explained that music publishing was a way to make big money. Michael Jackson replied by telling Paul McCartney that he would buy The Beatles’ songs one day.
“Great. Good joke“, McCartney laughed.
Paul McCartney, who along with Beatles partner John Lennon had lost ownership of their songs in 1969 due to bad business deals, had declined earlier opportunities to buy it back due to the high asking price, but was nonetheless incensed by Michael’s opportunism. Michael, who finalized the deal in Perth, Australia two months later, quickly put his new purchase to work, and soon sold the rights to Lennon’s song Revolution for a Nike shoe advertisement.
However, Yoko Ono (Jonh Lennon’s widow) was pleased that Michael had acquired Northern Songs and called it a “blessing”. In 1990, she stated, “Businessmen who aren’t artists themselves wouldn’t have the consideration Michael has. He loves the songs. He’s very caring!”
In 1995 ATV Music Publishing was merged with Sony and renamed Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and become the 3rd largest music publisher in the world.
In 2001, Michael declared : “I want to clarify a silly rumour, the Beatles catalogue is not for sale, has not been for sale and will never be for sale.”
Today, Sony/ATV Music Publishing owned and administers more than 500,000 song copyrights, valued at about $4-5 billion.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 11 agosto 2021, 20:40

August 11, 1969. Diana Ross invited Hollywood's media
to meet the Jackson 5 at Daisy's Disco in Beverly Hills. Berry Gordy predicted their first three singles will be number 1 hits. The label's marketing team changed its background story, claiming that Diana Ross had discovered Gary Indiana's younger brothers (in fact Bobby Taylor (leader of another Motown band, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers) discovered The Jackson Five when he saw them playing at Chicago's Regal Theater.
Diana Ross invited 350 guests to a Beverly Hills club to see the newest Motown act, The Jackson 5. Berry Gordy predicts that the Jackson 5 first 3 singles will be number ones hit single and that they will become one of the biggest selling acts of the decade.
Five days later, they performed with Diana at a concert at the Los Angeles Forum.
It was at this party that ten-year-old Michael, just over two weeks away from his 11th birthday, was instructed to tell interviewers that he was only eight years old. Ever the professional, young Michael understood the importance of publicity in show business, and eager to please, he gladly did as he was told.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 14 agosto 2021, 7:50

August 13, 1992. #MichaelJackson performed in Hameln, Germany. What usually only happens in fairy tales actually came true here: 25 years ago yesterday, the King of Pop came to Hameln's Weserbergland Stadium on his Dangerous Tour and gave a concert in front of more than 25,000 enthusiastic visitors that is usually only experienced in metropolises.
When asked why he chosed the medium-sized town of Hameln as his show stage, he is said to have replied that his mother had told him a lot about the Hamelin Pied Piper when he was a child, and that was why he wanted to come to the venue. Let no one say that the world-famous legend of the piper can't also lure an absolute megastar to the Lower Saxony province ...
Source : Rathaus Hameln ( 2017 )

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Messaggio da soulmum » 15 agosto 2021, 21:14

August 15, 2004. #MichaelJackson attended the First
AME Church in Los Angeles, along in support with his attorney
Thomas Mesereau, his brother Randy and Steve Harvey. Afterwards,
they visited Cecil Murray Education Center to answer questions
from school students.
Michael Jackson was a special guest of Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, one of the most respected churches in the Los Angeles African-American community.
At 10:00 a.m. Michael Jackson, his youngest brother Randy Jackson, entertainer Steve Harvey, and attorney Mr. Thomas Messerau sat comfortably towards the back of the church and enjoyed the service. Although news of Michael's appearance was not widely publicized, the press from most major news channels were on hand. Much of the public learned of Michael's appearance from hearing it mentioned on the Steve Harvey radio program earlier. There were a handful of fans who knew where First AME Church was located and were able to be there to greet Michael. After Michael left the church he made his way to the Cecil F. Murray Education Center, a small school a block away that is run by First AME Church. There, he was scheduled to greet a class room full of about 25 African-American children. The press were told before Michael entered the room that there would be absolutely no questions that would be allowed by the press.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 16 agosto 2021, 8:02

August 15th, 1999. On this Sunday, #MichaelJackson while in New York was allowed to visit the Dalai Lama granted him an audience at his Hotel
It was the first meeting between His Holiness and Michael. The meeting took place at the Mark Hotel. The Dalai Lama and Michael spoke for about 20 minutes.
The Dalai Lama left New York Yesterday, but Michael remained in New York finishing his album. While there, Michael had a diner at a New York apartment with Dolly Parton and Elizabeth Taylor.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 16 agosto 2021, 8:07

Back in 1969, after coming off a number one single with " I Want You Back " ( the first national single released by Motown on October 7, 1969, and became the first number-one hit for the band on January 31, 1970. It was performed on the band's first television appearances, on October 18, 1969 on Diana Ross's The Hollywood Palace and on their milestone performance on December 14, 1969 on The Ed Sullivan Show ).
The Jackson 5 was brought to a standstill by Hollywood painter M. Werlin who is shown working on a portrait to be used as the album cover of the team's forthcoming LP. Werlin whose works have been exhibited nationally, is a noted realist who has been commissioned for portraits by numerous movie stars. His fees for the 4' x 4' painting are, according to Motown, higher than the original cost of most Presidential portraits hanging in the White House. The group's current album is " Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 " which will be released on December 18th, 1969.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 17 agosto 2021, 22:29

On August, 17th, 1995. #MichaelJackson went online via
"Sony Music Internet" for his 1st internet chat. In 1995, the Internet was in its infancy among the general public with (still) some 10 million users. Michael Jackson became the first artist to use the Internet during a simulchat organized in the Museum of Television and Radio in New York (now called The Paley Center for Media), thanks to the networks of the three biggest providers of the time, America On line, CompuServe and Prodigy and of course the Internet. The MTV channel broadcasted the event simultaneously.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 18 agosto 2021, 20:43

August 18th, 1990. #MichaelJackson welcomed 130 children from the “YMCA” Summer Program in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to his ranch. They were treated to a barbecue meal, played video games, visited his zoo, and watch movies. Each child was given a free pair of sneakers, and you can bet they weren’t Reeboks! The children made him a banner reading, “We Love You Michael” and made him an honorary member of the 8th St. YMCA in Los Angeles.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 24 agosto 2021, 8:28

August 22, 1983. Jet Magazine published a story on #MichaelJackson meeting patients at the Brotman Medical Centre. Bessie Henderson ( pictured here with Michael and Dr Steven Hoefflin) a 41-year-old seamstress, followed by Dr. Hoefflin.
"Bessie had undergone many surgeries and was very depressed," reports Hoefflin, her plastic surgeon.". When Michael started calling her, things changed and she got much better." She had been suffering severe depression after a long hospital stay and later spoke of Michael continuing to call her asking for updates on her condition for months after she left the hospital.
While Brotman Memorial Hospital has a strong reputation in Los Angeles, it is infamous among Michael Jackson fans for having received the singer after his 1984 accident.
But before he was hospitalized in the burn center, which opened in 1972 at the facility, Michael came to the hospital's wards twice. His plastic surgeon and personal doctor, Dr. Steven Hoefflin works there and when Michael comes to consult him, he takes the opportunity to meet patients.

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August, 26, 2003. It was announced that #MichaelJackson would open his Neverland Ranch to people for a ′′ Once In a Lifetime' event. Guests would tour the grounds and eat two meals on September 13. ( Via Matilde Beatriz Latini )

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Messaggio da soulmum » 29 agosto 2021, 20:59

August 28, 1993. #ElizabethTaylor flew nineteen hours from Los Angeles despite her frail health, she traveled around the world to be by her friend Michael.
The actress Elizabeth Taylor arrived shortly after midnight Sunday 29 to join her friend #MichaelJackson. Elizabeth Taylor checked into Riffies Hotel around 2.00 am local time.
Despite her frail health, Elizabeth Taylor didn't hesitate for a moment when she found out that her friend Michael Jackson needed her support: "I would go to the ends of the earth for him".
Michael, on the eve of his 35th birthday, was about to leave Thailand and go to Singapore, and Liz knew he needed her by his side. Michael is more than a good friend. "He's part of the family". So she packed her bags and, without her usual personal entourage, made a trip to meet her friend.
Michael, who arrived in Singapore from Thailand, was very happy to see Liz. Both were staying in the same hotel and had their respective rooms filled with orchids.
They had time to celebrate Michael's birthday with the singer's favorite cake. Carrot pie with many layers. Now that Liz has arrived, Michael is someone else.
( Via Matilde Beatriz Latini )

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August 28, 1993. #MichaelJackson before leaving Bangkok, went to a Duangkamon shop in the morning to buy newspapers. Michael wanted to know what journalists were saying about his concert the day before and about him in general. Michael stayed inside the shop for about 10 minutes, greeting the owners and taking pictures even of those just born. His 10 minutes were enough to gather a huge crowd in front of the shop, that in order to get out and go to his hotel, the Thai police had to intervene to protect him.

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August 31, 1993. After #MichaelJackson collapsed last night at the National Stadium in Singapore on his #DangerousWorldTour, Michael undergoes a brain scan at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. The results suggest that he suffered a ′′ late onset migraine'. Michael's doctor announced that he was fine following the results of the brain scan.
The undisputed King Of Pop performed in Singapore in 1993 as part of his Dangerous Tour. The two day concert completely sold out with Approximately 80,000 concertgoers in attendance and a new world record set for the most number of tickets sold for a concert.
( Via Matilde Beatriz Latini )

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Messaggio da soulmum » 2 settembre 2021, 10:50

September 1-2, 1984. The Jacksons performed to a sold-out audience at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. #VictoryTour Among the celebrities who assisted, Bruce Springsteen who also went to visit Michael and his staff to his hotel at Franklin Plaza.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 3 settembre 2021, 15:57

On this day in Michael Jackson History- September 3,2009 Michael Jackson was entombed at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale California . About 200 people attended the ceremony including Elizabeth Taylor, Lisa Marie Presley, Macaulay Culkin, Quincy Jones and many other celebrities. The service lasted about 90 minutes. At 9:43 pm P.S.T Michael Jackson reached his final resting place inside Holly Terrace.

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September 6th, 2001. #MichaelJackson went to Madison Square Garden to rehearse his duets with Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and N ' Sync.
Everything began for me in April 2001 when Michael’s then assistant, Evvy Tavasci, told me she could reserve for me and a couple of people from our staff, first-row tickets for a still unannounced concert Michael Jackson was planning for that september. When I learned about how big the whole project was, and after realising I was being offered unique tickets in premium style, I didn’t think twice and accepted the proposal. In few weeks I got my ticket to attend the opening night of the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special Show at the Madison Square Garden in New York, an event to celebrate Michael’s solo career that saw the re-union on stage of The Jacksons in their original line-up and other artists to perform Michael’s hits. I had been missing Michael, I had met him just one year earlier, but I hadn’t seen him performing live since 1999, when I had attended the Michael Jackson & Friends concert in Munich.
My experience (and not only mine) with his concerts till then had been quite like a military camp training: wake up early (and when I say early I mean 4 am) to make sure you would be the first in the queue, wait outside the venue under the sun, the rain, the snow until, after 14 hours of exhausting awaiting, the gates would open and you’d find yourself having to fight for your own life more than for the first row. If you were lucky and strong enough to survive the fans’ madness, you’d finally earn your own – very very little – spot, grab the front barriers and never let go until death do you apart. If death wouldn’t do you apart, the 30.000 people behind you would probably try to and eventually maybe succeed.
So yes, going to a Michael Jackson concert was an out-of-the-world experience, in every sense.
Now, there I was, holding a ticket in my hand that spoke of a dream I had always dreamt of: being able to enjoy at least a concert of his from the first row without having to fight, hit, run or risk my life. It was happening, I couldn’t believe it. And what actually happened exceeded all expectations: not only the seats were first central row, but the stage was so close that I was going to see Michael performing in front of me few feet away. A second dream come true in less than two years (for the first one read how I met him).
The gates opened at 7 pm so we arrived (I was with our collaborator Alessandro Capuano) in time for the opening. There was a reserved entrance for our tickets, so it was quite fast and hassle-free for us to reach our seats. Once there, we enjoyed glasses of champagne on the house and also managed to have a quick chat with Dionne Warwick and Gina Lollobrigida who were seating 4 rows behind us.
After a while, the legendary Madison Square Garden was already packed, everyone waiting for the irreplaceable King of Pop. When the lights went off, I realised I was going to see Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Yoko Ono and Liza Minnelli (to name some) all on the same stage on the same night. A part of the history of American entertainment all there, so close to us. I asked Alessandro to pinch me.When actor Samuel L. Jackson walked on stage and announced Whitney Houston, Usher and Mya to perform “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” the crowd went mental, for a moment I thought the venue was about to explode. The performance was amazing, Whitney Houston appeared very thin and weak, she wasn’t in her best shape that day, but vocally and artistically she delivered a perfect performance, one I’ll always remember in my life.
During the other artists’ performance Michael was sitting with part of his family, Maculay Culkin and Elizabeth Taylor in a booth on the right of the stage. After the first performance, Marlon Brando’s humanitarian speech on stage marked a pivotal moment of the show. There he was, a true legend, talking to us. I asked Alessandro to pinch me again, you never know.Then a series of good performances followed: the touching tune “Ben” (one of Michael’s favourites) performed by Billy Gilman, Gloria Estefan and James Ingram’s duet on “I just can’t stop loving you”, Marc Anthony’s super-melodic version of “She’s out of my life”, Al Jarreau performing “Ease on down the road” with Jill Scott, Monica and Deborah Cox, who also performed “Heal The World” with Mya, Tamia and The Brooklyn Youth Choir. The more we heard Michael’s songs live the more we wanted him on stage, but we had to wait as there were at least 3 or 4 more unforgettable moments waiting for us. The first one was Liza Minnelli walking on stage and performing her very own version of “You are not alone”, followed by one of the most beautiful songs in history, “Over the rainbow”. My body was covered with shivers and it was quite warm in there. Time for more pinching.
Another remarkable performance was “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. Wearing white shiny short skirts and tops, single white sequinned gloves and white hats, they danced and sang to the notes of their hit mixed with “Billie Jean”. At that point I looked at Michael in the booth and I have to say he seemed amazed by such beauty and talent; believe me friends, he was enjoying the view A LOT.
Then it was time for Ray Charles, yes ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Ray Charles, to take the piano and deliver a monumental performance of “Crying time”, with Cassandra Wilson.
When Elizabeth Taylor walked on stage, we knew that was it. Michael was about to walk on stage… (another small, tiny pinch, please). You could hardly hear what Elizabeth was saying because it was one of those moments when the audience is out of control.
When she finally said the words, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Michael Jackson and The Jacksons” and the explosion of the fireworks rumbled the venue, time stopped, the rest of the world didn’t exist anymore. We were on another planet.
There he was, standing still, his back turned. The alien fallen from another planet: dressed in total white, with a golden helmet, his presence on stage was enough to drive every single living being in the venue crazy at least. The quiet, shy man sitting in the booth at the right of the stage had completely disappeared. Few seconds and he takes off his gloves and helmet, turns his back to face us in the audience, my heart starts beating so fast I think I’m about to have an after-life experience. His brothers join him from the back of the stage, then all of them, including Michael, take off their jackets. Kathrine Jackson smiles, happy, from the booth. Michael moves into one of his famous poses (left hand on his crotch, right arm up), the music starts: the groove of “Can You feel it” thunders all over. Randy starts singing, interacting with the audience, but when Michael walks into the song it’s heaven to our ears. He’s a tiger full of energy, running from one side to the other, his voice sounds harsh. He’s the scene-stealing, stage animal we’ve come to know so well. And we are witnessing all of this at such a close distance that pinching wouldn’t be needed anymore: I knew I was living a dream come true.
For the song “Dancing Machine” Michael and his brothers were joined on stage by then biggest boy band around ‘N Sync, whose member Justin Timberlake tried to match Michael’s moves. While the fact that for the first time since the Victory tour in 1984 Michael had been reunited on stage with his brothers was exciting enough, the best was yet to come. And it came. After a duet with Britney Spears on “The way you make me feel” where the beautiful blonde singer delivered very poorly in terms of voice (but we had eyes and ears only for Michael, so never mind), it was time for “Billie Jean”. I think this was definitely one of his best ever performances of this song. Ever. The energy and some suppressed rage in his moves made it unique, made it magic, made it unreachable. As if it wasn’t enough, Guns ‘N Roses legendary guitar player Slash joined him on stage for an electrifyingly rock performance of “Black or White” and “Beat it”, followed by “You rock my world” – it was the first and last time this song was performed live – which brought the occasion for a fresh choreography and a mind blowing dance “challenge” between Michael and Usher, joined by actor/comedian Chris Tucker.
Just when we thought Michael had left the stage, it was time for the last big surprise: an all-star performance of “We are the world” directed by Quincy Jones. They were all on stage: Michael, Quincy, Ray, Dionne, Kenny, Al, Yoko… During the song, Michael hugged Quincy Jones and Yoko Ono, and shook hands with all the artists on stage, gently caressing Ray Charles’ face in his unmistakable sweetness. “We Are The World” was the last song goodbye. We saw him leaving the stage. Never in the world we would have thought that – apart from the following show date of september 10 – that would have been the last concert of his life. Who would have thought.
Source : GESSICA PUGLIELLI

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Messaggio da soulmum » 8 settembre 2021, 9:23

September 7th, 1995. As part of the big push to promote his greatest-hits album HIStory: Past, Present and Future: Book I, #MichaelJackson kicked off the 1995 Video Music Awards with an epic 15-minute medley of some of his biggest hits, including "Beat It," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Black or White" and "Smooth Criminal."
Michael Jackson was joined onstage by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, who had previously recorded a number of tunes with Michael Jackson on both HIStory and 1993's Dangerous. The top-hatted star ripped through the songs with aplomb, while Michael Jackson strutted and danced maniacally.
Michael Jackson and Slash cut one of the classic silhouettes in the history of the VMAs: the pair standing downstage, wind machines blowing around smoke, with Michael Jackson dancing and Slash pulling off a blistering guitar solo during "Black or White." When the performance was over, the crowd at Radio City Music Hall gave Michael Jackson a deafening standing ovation worthy of the size and scope of the performance.
Later that night, Michael Jackson collected two awards (one for Best Choreography, the other for Best Art Direction) for the video for "Scream," his collaboration with his sister Janet.
"To celebrate both the new songs and old hits of the recently released HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, Michael Jackson opened the 1995 VMAs with an epic 15-minute(!) medley that puts 10 songs from King of Pop's solo career in a blender. Vincent Price's "Thriller" laugh cackles over a four-second supercut of several different sections of "Beat It." He dances over the "Billie Jean" bassline for a minute before singing but one line of the song. Slash, then in his frustrating final months in Guns N' Roses, falls to his knees and solos endlessly like a man possessed. But in a surprising turn of events, it's a deep cut, "Dangerous," that gets most fully realized setpiece, taking breaks for "Smooth Criminal" and Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme" - #RollingStone

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Messaggio da soulmum » 11 settembre 2021, 8:45

26th, 1990. #MichaelJackson here on picture with Ofra Haza, Michael attended the unveiling of a painting of himself titled The Book made by Australian artist Brett Livingstone Strong at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
“The Book” is said to be the only portrait Michael personally sat for during his lifetime. The 40-inch by 50-inch portrait was unveiled in the presence of Mr. Hiromichi Saeki who paid $2,100,000 for the original, the most expensive portrait of a living person. Mr. Saeki was one of the most influential Japanese merchandisers and concert promoters of Michael Jackson. Michael is draped in a “Renaissance Effect” within this portrait and even deeper inside is standing, posing for Brett in a slightly earlier dimension of time.
The Book capture one of the most talented musicians in the world, painted by one of the most talented artists of our time, Brett-Livingstone Strong, hailed by the King of Pop as “A modern day Michelangelo”, in the ultimate expression of beauty, both musically and artistically, remembering Michael at the pinnacle of his career.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 13 settembre 2021, 16:42

The 3D film ‘Captain EO’ starring Michael Jackson, written by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola opened 35 years ago today, September 12, 1986, at Walt Disney theme parks

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Messaggio da soulmum » 14 settembre 2021, 8:07

September 13, 1989 when, at a press conference at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, #MichaelJackson's new multi-million dollar deal with the American shoe company ′′ L.A. Gear".
The two-year, $28 million deal called for the King of Pop himself to design and market lines of casual footwear and sportswear and appear in a series of commercials.
In fact, as part of the marketing campaign related to the project called ′′ Unstoppable', a wide range of activities were planned to promote the collection.
At the press conference, Michael, in a purple shirt, black suit and sunglasses, in place of his iconic loafers wore, not coincidentally, a pair of ′′ L.A. Gear ′′ black and silver tennis shoes.
′′ I ' m looking forward to the challenge of creating and designing clothes with this fabulous Los Angeles-based, leading fashion company ′′ was his statement, as usual.
′′ I am happy to be a part of the magic of L.A. Gear', and I hope that together we can go down a very rewarding and successful path. Thank you."
The company's stock responded very positively, reaching well over four points within three days of the announcement.
The collaboration with Michael Jackson was for the company ′′ much more than a growth opportunity, than a strategy to try to maintain its image in the fashion world," according to the words of analyst Frank Podbelsek to ′′ Advertising Age.
As if that wasn't enough, the launch of the line linked to MJ's name should have also accompanied the release of ′′ Decade', a double collection of the King of Pop's greatest hits enriched by some unreleased tracks and the cover of ′′ Come Together ′′'.
This last project was however quickly put on hold, especially for the abundance of unreleased material that led to prioritize instead the realization of a brand new album: the era of Dangerous was now coming.
Despite this, from August 1990, the commercials of ′′ L.A. Gear ′′ with Michael protagonist began to be aired even in cinemas.
Source : Michael Jackson FanSquare • ITALIA.

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14 September, 1990.
Michael received the “Michael Jackson Good Scout Humanitarian Award” from the Boy Scouts at a benefit dinner at the Century Plaza. Michael attended the dinner with his mother, Katherine.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 18 settembre 2021, 16:52

September 18, 1987. #MichaelJackson was invited with a courtesy tour of Osaka City Hall. The mayor Oshima Yasushi presented the key to the city of Osaka to Michael.
In the evening, social evening and reception at the hotel. Michael, who was dressed in a happy coat, enjoyed the performance of the Ryujin Taiko Preservation Society and the Hiratsu Shonentai.
Following at night, Michael went to a clock store and a video store near Tamatsukuri station. #BadWorldTour

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Messaggio da soulmum » 19 settembre 2021, 8:48

September 18, 1993. #MichaelJackson visited Jerusalem this Saturday. He was mobbed by enthusiastic Israeli fans from the moment he arrived here last Friday with a retinue of some 200 assistants, managers, bodyguards and stage hands.
Michael Jackson devotees greeted the singer wherever he went with awe and admiration, until Saturday, when a group of fervently Orthodox Jews gave him a less-than-friendly welcome as Michael Jackson attempted to approach the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The group, finding all the stir surrounding his appearance there unseemly, overturned tables and chairs in an effort to barricade the path of Michael Jackson before he could reach the Wall.
Michael Jackson ultimately turned away from the barricade to avoid a confrontation.
It was the lone sour note during his Israeli tour, which included a trip to Masada and a shopping spree in the Dizengoff Shopping Center here.
Michael Jackson spent Monday, put aside as a day of rest between his two concerts, visiting two children’s hospitals in the Tel Aviv area: Beilinson and Assaf Harofeh.
He spent some hours visiting the bedsides of young patients in the cancer and transplant wards, seeking to cheer them up. He was careful to divide his visits between Jewish and Arab patients.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 21 settembre 2021, 9:42

September 20th, 2007. #MichaelJackson and his 3 children went to see the musical 'The Lion King' at the Minskoff Theatre in New York. They also visited the cast backstage. Michael introduced his kids Paris, Prince, and Blanket to the cast before taking pictures.

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Messaggio da soulmum » 22 settembre 2021, 21:25

September 22, 1993. #MichaelJackson landed in Istambul, Turkey. The first day of his arrival, Michael with Frank and Eddie Cascio went to see Jurassik Park. #DangerousWorldTour


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Messaggio da soulmum » 23 settembre 2021, 8:29

September 22, 1989. The Capital Children’s Museum awarded #MichaelJackson with “The Best of Washington Humanitarian Award” in recognition of his efforts for children all over the world. Michael Jackson visited the museum in April 4th, 1990.
On April 4, 1990, while on an official visit to Washington where he was to meet President Bush and receive the "Artist of the Decade" award from the Capital Children's Museum, Michael Jackson went to the Capital Children's Museum, then located at 220 H Street NE (the museum, now called the National Children's Museum, after moving to the suburbs, is currently closed and looking for new premises in the capital).
During this one and a half hour visit, Michael is accompanied by Ann Lewin, the director of the museum's National Learning Center, and tests the many activities. Ann Lewin can be seen with Michael on many pictures that day...as well as in a video created in the U-TV interactive television studio (one of the museum's animations where Michael spent ten minutes), also with Stan Woodward and MediaWorks director, producer Jesse Vaughan, under the special effects of the Fairlight operator.
"There were a lot of kids in the museum," Ann Lewin told the Washington Post, "and some people thought it wasn't the real Michael Jackson (...). But a little three-year-old boy came up to her and said, "Hi Michael Jackson". Michael smiled at him and said, "Hi," and wherever we went in the museum, children gathered around him.
Christopher Grotke, former Director of Media Arts at the Capital Children's Museum was at the time a mere employee of the museum and he recalls Michael's visits in 1990 and around 1992. He is now in charge of putting the filmed works of the 1990s into digital form.
Michael Jackson arrived on an official visit as part of an agreement with an entertainment company that was promoting new, fairly expensive shoes for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods. It was crazy, unlike any other celebrity visit. We had organized a meeting before his visit where our director even asked us if Mr. Jackson was a suitable person to come to the museum. "What kind of music does he play?" She hadn't heard of him!
Pete, my colleague and friend, arrived to let us know that he would be here soon. A mass of people, assistants, photographers, etc. then arrived. It was almost scary. Impressive bodyguards were at his side, as well as his manager and a number of other people.
The Animation Lab was one of the few rooms in the building with a lockable door. Michael and his assistant entered and closed the door. We all watched the crowd through the large bay windows. We felt like we were in a zoo.
Seeing that he finally had a moment to himself, Michael relaxed. We started talking about the animation. He looked at our books and videos, and kept saying "I have that" and "Do you have a copy of ...?". He told us about his screening room and I showed him the animation booth and how it worked. We talked about Bugs Bunny, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and other animation legends.
He spoke softly in a tone that made me think he was protecting his vocal cords. He was thin, dressed in jeans, and very polite.
He signed the wall for us ("With love to all the children, Michael Jackson") and after a few minutes he continued his visit in other parts of the museum.
Before he left, he gave each of us, including me, a pair of shoes in the name of the company. Some children in the museum asked if it was really him!
I had the impression that he had kept his soul as a child. He behaved more like the children who come to the museum than the adults. Calm, shy, then excited when something interested him, like a cartoon series.
About two years later, our director received a call telling him that Michael was in the area and wanted to visit the museum again. This time nothing official, no media. She called all of us and asked if we could stay a little later. "For our old friend Michael? Of course" we all answered.
Michael Jackson's team was very careful about his image (...). They asked us not to have cameras (Pete tried to put one on but, because of the angles, it didn't work), and not to warn the press (our director did, however, as soon as his limousine was safe in the museum).
The limousine arrived and Michael and a young teenager, whom he introduced as his cousin from New York, got out. The limo was filled with toys, Michael tells us that they had just been shopping at a large toy store.
They took a tour of the museum. Michael wore a black silk mask over his face. (...) In the Animation Lab, he told me it was his favorite part of the museum. His cousin was calm and reserved but I tried to take care of him too.
We decided to try a bit of animation and look for a book with large images to use as a background. The Star Wars book!
We opened the book and started to apply it. "I asked, "How about those big walking machines on the snowy planet?
At that moment, right in front of my eyes, Michael became a 12 year old child. "These are the x-13 transporters from Endor. They are created after elephants. George Lucas told me ..." and he told me a very detailed description, like a child answering a question.
However, I had my own questions. I was curious to know more about morphing, one of the special effects used in his new video, Black Or White. I told him that I really liked the effect, and I asked him if he was there when it was created. "Yeah, I saw some of it. Did you like the part where the ponytail comes out? That's my favorite part..." Michael said.
After a while, he had to leave. They jumped in the back of the limousine, this time with photographers at the museum doors trying to get a good picture, and they left.
On June 14, 2013, Scott Christopher, unveiled a previously unseen shot of the King of Pop during his visit to the AMFM Fest. Michael Jackson is alone in one of the rooms of the museum and tries a xylophone in front of a photo of Louis Amstrong.
Michael Jackson escaped into a small showroom and Scott Christopher followed. The photographer had developed a bond with the pop star. They were comfortable with each other. Christopher and his camera had become invisible. Jackson sat down, next to a children's table with three toy xylophones. Above them, on the wall, was a picture of jazz legend Louis Armstrong. The trumpeter was rehearsing in a bathroom before a concert. A photographer had captured him in a spontaneous moment.
Michael Jackson took the sticks and started playing. There was a change in the energy [of the moment] and Christopher felt it. Michael Jackson was lost in his own little world. The photographer recalls, "Michael was expressing what was deep in his heart. His face relaxed, his eyes were in the haze. The man was having fun. He was making music.
Scott Christopher has never shared a photo of a very private moment with a very public man. He was waiting for the right moment.
On June 14, 2013, the photo was unveiled to the public at the AMFM festival in the Coachella Valley.

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September 24, 1987. When Michael Jackson toured Japan in 1987, he was invited to dinner at Isao Tomita (a famous composer’s house), where he was offered a cup of Sake. Michael tried different instruments at Tomita's house ′′ It was a friendly greeting with my husband ′′ replied Mrs. Isao.
Michael was invited to dinner at the composer’s house and offered a cup of Sake. The translator told Michael beforehand the Japanese tradition of eating and drinking until your plate and glass was empty.
The cup being so small, Michael knowing the purity of the rice wine and not wanting to offend, he knocked back glass after glass until he couldn’t take anymore and subsequently passed his receptacle under the table to the translator, who drank the wine and passed it back to look like Michael had drunk it. Politeness and intelligence while intoxicated on Japanese rice wine.

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September 23, 2005. #MichaelJackson was at the Dorchester Hotel in London to give a deposition for Marc Schaffel's application. His lawyers Thomas Mesereau and Michael Sydow accompanied him while Schaffel was accompanied by his lawyer Howard King


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