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
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 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
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.
Welcome back. Hope you all had a nice Christmas break. Over the holidays I interviewed MoonStreet, an Irish Michael Jackson fan who has been around the world numerous concerts and events with Michael.
She first saw Michael at the HIStory World Tour in Dublin in 1997 (the biggest world tour by any performer ever), met him four times, was invited into his Neverland ranch and also present at the This Is It press conference in 2009 to name but a few.
She would travel to many events Michael was present at such as book signings and fan parties along with other fans. She had numerous photographs of him from close up but had never had one with him together yet. She met him in London outside Dorchester Hotel in 2000. She showed her dedication when she told me “if you heard he was a few miles away, staying at a hotel, would you drop everything and risk it all just to be there?”
Straying away from the deep topics of the past weeks, I have decided to post about the career and records of Michael Jackson. I have seen this done for films and artists before however have never come across one for the King of Pop. This is his career in numbers.
Michael Jackson was born at 2300 in Gary, Indiana in 1958 with 8 siblings. 8 is the number of Grammy’s Jackson won in one night, a record. He has 13 Grammy’s in total. 13 is the total number of solo numbers ones he received in his career. He received the most ever number ones on one album, with Bad achieving 5 out of the 9 songs and is the 5th biggest album of all time. 5 is the number of number one albums – Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and Invincible. Jackson started aged 5 as part of the Jackson 5 and he was just 11 when they achieved number one hits from their first 4 singles I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I’ll Be There.
We’ve reached the finale of the Justice series and with it comes the events surrounding the premature death of Michael Jackson.
In March 2009, Michael Jackson held a press conference at the O2 arena in London where he announced a series of concerts called “This Is It” believed to be his final curtain call, and they indeed proved to be just that. This would be his first tour since the HIStory Tour in 1997 which grossed over $165 million (excluding free concerts). I couldn’t believe it, finally a chance to see the King of Pop live, as I was only 8 during the last tour. After seeing so many clips of his concerts including the Dublin concert, I couldn’t wait. There were set to be 10 concerts in London followed by concerts in Paris and NYC amongst others earning Jackson £50 million alone. However, 50 dates were now added with over one million tickets sold out in under two hours. Michael didn’t sign up for 50. I don’t know anyone who can do 50 concerts never mind someone who was 50 years of age themselves. Continue reading