Michael Jackson....

 

 

Growing up, I was a huge Jacksons and then Michael Jackson fan. I was in my 20s when the whole Thriller madness hit. I saw Michael in concert with his brothers and solo many times. The Jackson brothers were a talented group of young men and of course, Michael was an incredible showman all on his own. Does anything beat the BAD Tour? (Went 3 times!) I was also supportive when the first molestation claim surfaced; then shocked when he paid the kid's family off. I couldn't help but think it was a huge mistake and would dog him forever. 

Life was extremely busy in the 90s with work and play and I sort of lost track of Michael and his music, and to be honest I was rather put off by a lot of his choices.  (The Lisa/Debbie/Lisa menage for one.) Then 2003 happened. I could barely follow the Trial coverage -- it was all so sensational and one-sided and he looked so destroyed as it went on -- and worried he'd be convicted simply for being "different" not because he was actually guilty. I didn't think for an instant he'd be able to survive prison.

I work in the criminal justice system and can say emphatically that the Trial was bogus after investigating just what "evidence" they had. I think that kid was a pawn of his mother and it was just an attempt to get $$ like the Chandlers. I understand the reasons for that settlement but I think in many ways it was a miscalculation. 

If you've read any bit about Michael's life, he most definitely was a victim and I honestly don't see how a train wreck wasn't going to be the eventual outcome in his case but I never thought it would all end in his untimely death.  I'm glad Conrad Murray was convicted and I hope it gives some small peace for his children and Mother. 

With his death, I've listened to some of the old music and watched the videos once more. I thought I'd post some of the photos and links to  celebrate his amazing talent.

  Liberian Girl video

 

 Bad video

  American Music Awards

  Bad Tour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE6ZCMcv6i4

 HIStory Tour!

 

  MTV

 

 


 

25th Anniversary Motown Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM_DAwDWv5w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa0c6_KQcOg

(Billie Jean at 4:00)

 


 

1988 Grammy's Awards Show -- PYT & Man in the Mirror

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKXRaylP_ng

 


 

Bad Tour

Lovely One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE6ZCMcv6i4

Off the Wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5fJxtDkjwM

Another Part of Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1zBTpHTOWE

 


 

Staples Center -- "This is It" Rehearsal Footage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qE22UOlQts

 


 

Terrible clip of the Pepsi Commercial Fire

http://www.usmagazine.com/news/video-michael-jacksons-tragic-commercial-accident-2009157