Michael Jackson: A special relationship with Ireland

Michael Jackson Fans 1988 cork

Above is the crowd at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, where he two 1988 sell out Bad Tour concerts in Cork, still fondly remembered by those there. He returned for the Dangerous Tour in 1993 where he played Landsdowne Road. In 1997 he came back for the HIStory Tour and played the RDS, Dublin both times to sell out crowds. Pictured below is Michael with his guitarist Jennifer Batten in Cork, 1988. So to sign off from the blogs for a while I decided to remember Michael’s special relationship with Ireland. Continue reading

Who Inspired Michael Jackson?

While last weeks blog focused on Michael Jackson’s influence on the music stars of today and the reason why they decided to pursue a career in music and dance, I wanted to discuss who were the performers that inspired and influenced Michael Jackson?

Michael Jackson Bad

Michael grew up listening to and watching Motown, the Rat Pack and musicals. He has R&B and soul in his blood. He was influenced by performers from all forms of entertainment making tributes in his songs and dance  to the following – James Brown, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr, Gene Kelly, Diana Ross, Marcel Marceau, Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Bob Fosse, The Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Etta James, Ray Charles and Mavis Staples. Continue reading

Still the King of Pop

Today’s music is a lot different from the sound of the 80’s and 90’s and there have been many claims to the throne as the new King of Pop. I’ve even heard that Justin Bieber is the self-proclaimed King of Pop. There is only one King of Pop and no one can ever dethrone Michael Jackson, so what stars of today’s generation have been influenced by his music, his videos and his choreography? Lets take a look at a few who have.

1992 Dangerous tour

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