“THE ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE CONCERT” CONCEIVED, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY JAMES BAKER FOR WEST ONE ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED (c) 2012.
The Way Michael Jackson made a rooms energy change
“It was the most surreal feeling”
I was 7 years old when I was fooled into thinking we were going to Wembley to watch a football match.
We arrived and it quickly became apparent that football was not on that particular day; instead it was a
Michael Jackson concert. As a child it was a completely different emotional experience, a stadium MJ spectacular. The excitement, the mystery, was like watching another world before my eyes! I don’t think,
up to this time, I had even realised he was a fellow human being, A superhero maybe, or a cartoon character.
The wonderful thing about being that age is that you believed the King of Pop could lean against gravity and completely disappear and fly out of a stadium on a rocket pack.
It was a long time after this rainy evening in August I was to see my idol again in person.
Had it not been for my choreographer at the time keeping her eye on the news and believing the stories that Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop, was to grace the stage for the first time in over ten years in the UK to perform his hit Thriller, I may have never seen him in person again.
Up until recently I have never been a watcher of the news. I regard the news as a window to all the hurt and pain in the world and prefer not to know. Unfortunately I missed my last opportunity to see MJ when he visited London to announce his London shows. The hilarious part was I spent most of the day being told Michael Jackson was to do concerts in London by everyone I saw. I dismissed it as a rumour and forgot about it until I was literally forced to sit in front of the TV at news time that evening.
I remember getting chills down my spine in the last moments of that footage as MJ flicked his chin up and put his arm in the air. At last, for the first time in years, I saw The King of Pop in him once more. That same excitement arose in me once again.
I always watched live footage of Michael in awe of the hysterical audience and I was much too young for him to have provoked that sort of reaction in me. When in 2006 I had the opportunity to see what I thought was going to be a performance of my idol, I was so excited to maybe once again be in the same room as MJ. It turned out that the organisers of the event had put out the rumour Michael was performing, however, this was not true. He was to be graced with the Diamond Award for Thriller’s 25th Anniversary. Chris Brown, in fact, was to perform Thriller backed by an incredible cast of dancers who recreated the iconic pop tune. Following this, Beyonce presented MJ with the award.
This is where it takes me back to where I began. It was the most surreal feeling. I felt like I wanted to cry, to fall to my knees. The feeling being in the same room as my icon had inspired in me a feeling I had not expected in my wildest imagination. The love and hysteria that Michael Jackson injected into a room was amazing. Finally, I experienced it; I understood those crying screaming fans in the footage of his tours. I had material evidence that he was able to express so much, just purely from his presence.
If I am able to recreate that feeling for half an audience in my entire career, I will be so proud.
To see the footage of this evening on YouTube, click here.
Posted by Ben A Tribute to Michael Jackson
Thursday, 26th February 2015