Michael Jackson’s Children
October 9, 2011 by staff
Michael Jackson’s Children, Greatest hits, soul singers and three generations of the family of Michael Jackson – including children – held the King of Pop in an energetic tribute concert on Saturday, urging fans to concentrate on the music of the evening star instead of his death.
The period prior to the “Michael always” concert was marred by the murder trial in Los Angeles of Jackson’s doctor and is marked by criticism from fans, weak ticket sales and dissent within the Jackson family. But once the four-hour show started, the musical genius of Jackson, and warm tributes from friends and family, carried the night.
“We are pleased to be here on this special night to honor our father,” said 13-year-old daughter Paris Jackson, who made a brief appearance on stage with Prince brothers, 14 and 9 years old Michael Joseph Jr., known as Blanket.
In a scenario with a giant glove, musicians, including Christina Aguilera, Gladys Knight and Cee Lo Green performed songs from Jackson’s entire career – from his childhood with the Jackson 5 through monster solo albums like “Thriller” and “Bad”.
The Black Eyed Peas, probably the biggest act on the bill, out of the lineup this week, citing “unavoidable circumstances.”
Participants urged fans to ignore the criticism and controversy, and to revel in the celebration of Jackson’s musical legacy.
“This is not in dispute,” said R & B star Ne-Yo, who opened the show with a rendition of “Billie Jean” with a passable moonwalk. “This is not the test. It is not death. It is the celebration of his life. This is the celebration of his music.”
The crowd of 50,000 strong at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was what he did, roaring with approval of the Jackson brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie – three-fifths of the original Jackson 5 – took the stage to perform “Blame It On the Boogie “with British boyband JLS.
“You can feel the spirit of the house tonight?” asked Marlon. Judging by applause, fedora hats and white gloves in the audience, many would.
“This is a great counter-act,” said Motown great Smokey Robinson, who sang a soulful version of “She’s out of my life.” “And it’s something that gives people happy to do, instead of thinking about what is happening in the trial.”
The show mined a rich trove of hits from Jackson. Leona Lewis sang “I’ll be there,” Beyonce delivered in early single “I Want to Be Where You Are” and Jamie Foxx performed “Rock With You”. Aguilera sang Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” – one of Jackson’s favorite songs.
The show climaxed with the Knight to perform the poignant “Gone Too Soon” before a final poignant.
which led to most of the artists – and the children of Jackson – returns to the stage of exuberant “Do not stop Til ‘enough’.
The concert has divided the King of Pop family and his followers. The three brothers, his sister La Toya and 3T vocal group – made up of three of Michael’s nephews – all performed, while 81-year-old matriarch Katherine was in the audience.
But the brothers Michael, Jermaine and Randy and sister Janet have stayed away, saying it is wrong to keep the show at the same time that Murray’s trial.
Fox renews ‘The Simpsons’ series for two more years
Fans of “The Simpsons” can breathe a “D’oh!” Relief: The Animated Series on Friday renewed for two more seasons.
A contract dispute with the voice cast of the series had threatened to end the series, but Fox said that will air through the stations 24 and 25.
Negotiations on the future of “The Simpsons”, which began its 23rd season last month, spread by the public. Twentieth Century Fox Television, which makes the program, said he could not continue without reduction of specific costs and salaries for voice actors Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria.
The terms of the cast of the new agreement were not announced. The Hollywood Reporter, citing unnamed sources, said the players accept a salary cut of 30 percent and which had received 440,000 for each of 22 episodes per season.
Wayne memorabilia auction brings and 5.4 million
Organizers say that a two-day auction of over 700 costumes, scripts, awards and memorabilia from the heritage of film star John Wayne brought to 5.4 million.
Heritage Auctions said Friday that the auction includes items such as driver’s license last Wayne, a belt holster and gun from the movie “El Dorado” and an eye patch for the 1969 film “True Grit “.
The green wool beret Wayne wore in “The Green Berets” was of 179,250 and a cowboy hat and used in “Big Jake” and “Los Vaqueros” exaggerated and 119,500.
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