Paris Jackson Tribute
October 9, 2011 by staff
Paris Jackson Tribute, 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.
Children wearing costumes that evoke his father’s famous styles – Paris more surprisingly, in a red and black “Thriller”-style jacket. Manta was stoic and shy, but older children smiled and expressed confidence in the center of attention.
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 the 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.
Jackson died in June 2009, at age 50, he was preparing for a concert series in London.
His last hours have been revived in graphic detail the murder trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson accused of giving a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in the room of his rented mansion on June 25, 2009.
“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 gives people something to make you happy, 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.
“Tonight is a history lesson,” Foxx told the crowd. “We will cover five decades of greatness.”
The show climaxed with the Knight to perform the poignant “Gone Too Soon” before a final poignant led 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.
Before the show, Marlon Jackson said he respected the decision of his brothers, but said he was sure that Michael would have approved.
“Each of us grieves differently,” he said. “We want to celebrate the positive aspects of his life, the positive things he did.”
Some groups of fans around the program also criticized ticket prices that began around 100 and by what some consider as a way out of Cardiff, 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of London.
“I think we should wait, not only by the Murray trial,” said Wesley Noorhoff, Dutch club president Michael Jackson fan. “If you make a tribute to Michael, it has to be the best there is, like Michael.”
But those who came to Cardiff, said it was an appropriate antidote to the grim spectacle court in Los Angeles.
“A lot of negativity in the courtroom,” said Ronnie Lee, a truck driver 32-year-old from Pembroke, Wales, wearing a “Thriller” T-shirt. “This is an opportunity to say” Thank you Michael “and celebrate the music.”
As the crowd spilled out of the stadium, opinions were divided.
“Rubbish,” said Sophie Stockdale, 23. “If you wanted to see Beyonce in the video link, you can do on YouTube.”
But Sophie Morris, also 23, said she loved him.
“It was unbelievable,” he said. “In fact, he shouted three or four times.”
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