Pops Concert Features Best Of Michael Jackson

Sources: Go Erie | All Things Michael

a2c459bb7559ad52a86f0ff08f3700dcMichael Jackson was one of the most electrifying performers of the 20th century. Multitalented and mesmerizing, his gift for singing and for movement seemed supernatural. But it doesn’t diminish his gifts one bit to state the obvious: He had great material to work with.

That’s what makes the title of Saturday’s Erie Philharmonic Pops concert, “The Best of Michael Jackson,” more than a marketing slogan or an empty boast. The best of Jackson’s songs are very good indeed.

“Just hooks and hooks and hooks,” said Peter Brennan, the founder of London, Ontario, collective Jeans ‘n’ Classics, which originated the show and will perform it.

Saturday’s concert is organized more or less chronologically beginning with early Jackson 5 songs and building to an irresistible peak before intermission with “Rock With You” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

The latter two monster hits appeared on “Off the Wall,” which Brennan believes is Jackson’s best album. It’s also an example of the kind of glossy production by Quincy Jones that employed a large studio orchestra of strings and horns, a concept that seems easy to impart to a pops orchestra. And it is, to a point, Brennan said.

“After ‘Thriller’ the challenge is to take the synthetic stuff and bring it back into the realm of orchestral instruments, being respectful of the original while giving the orchestral guys a nice face in the picture.”

The other challenge, of course, is how to conjure the singular art of Jackson himself. For that unenviable task, Brennan calls on Gavin Hope, who, he said, “loves the material. To quote him, he would stand in front of the mirror looking like a toothpick with an Afro, and he had the jacket on and practiced the moves.”

Gavin Hope

Gavin Hope

Hope, a Toronto native, is an experienced stage and music performer. He’s a member of a cappella group the Nylons, and starred as Simba in the Canadian company of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The Springfield (Mass.) Republican had good things to say about Hope’s recent show there.

“Hope earned his buck, both vocally and choreographically, channeling the ‘gloved one’ from the innocent, chirpy Jackson Five days of ‘Rockin’ Robin,’ ‘ABC’ and ‘I Want You Back’ to the dark, throaty whisper of ‘Beat It,’ and ‘Thriller,'” wrote Clifton Noble Jr. “Throughout the show, Hope gyrated across the stage with irrepressible joy.”

Hope might not be the only one in the house who will be moving.

“The (audience) can’t wait to dance, actually, and the girls always start it,” Brennan said. “You’ll have people dress up as Michael. I remember a concert where the two bassoonists had gloves over the top of their instruments. Everybody gets into the party atmosphere.”

And they don’t stop till they get enough.


“The Best of Michael Jackson” with Jeans ‘n’ Classics and the Erie Philharmonic Pops will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. Ticket prices range from $45 to $56. Call 455-1375, Ext. 4, or visit www.eriephil.org.


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Review: ‘Thriller Live’ Lives Up To Its Name

Sources: The Rakyat Post – By SUKHBIR CHEEMA | All Things Michael

 Milestone Production pic

Milestone Production pic

ALTHOUGH Michael Jackson is gone, his legacy, the manner in which his music and performances encapsulated the imagination of many around the world has been immortalised through Thriller Live.

Created by Jackson’s good friend Adrian Grant, the award-winning West End London production set the Bukit Jalil Putra Indoor Stadium stage on fire on March 19 and will continue to do so until tomorrow (March 25) when it makes its final appearance before heading back to the United Kingdom.

Presented by Milestone Production, hundreds of Malaysian fans were left in awe and tears by the end of the show on Sunday.

The vibrant and high-energy musical, which is in its record breaking seventh year at the West End London, is set to overtake Oliver! and Grease, making it the 19th longest running musical in the history of London’s famed theatre.

The whole of ACT I of the performance highlighted the adolescent years of Jackson and his gradual rise to fame through renowned performers such as MIG Ayesa, Prinnie Stevens, Sean Christopher, Alex Buchanan and J. Rome, who exuded the legendary performer’s persona in their own creative ways.

The music was interspersed with brief commentaries, which at times appeared witty and at times thought provoking on the King of Pop’s life.

By the time Rock With You was performed, many audiences were already on their feet boogieing to its tunes.

The creative blend of performers and singers urging the audience to sing and dance along was well worth the time and money.

The choices of lighting and its simple but innovative stage design dazzled everyone throughout the performances, setting the mood and feel for every song.

Following a 20-minutes break, ACT II was where Jackson’s message of peace and love was rightfully spread through memorable hits such as They Don’t Care About Us, Man In The Mirror and the famous Earth Song, as many were left teary-eyed through the visual extravaganza that accompanied the song.

Many were screaming in awe when Sean Christopher performed Jackson’s famous lean during Smooth Criminal.

Not only did he perform the famous lean, he also delighted fans by performing the famous moonwalk —  a dance routine regularly practised by many dancers throughout the world.

One of the highlights included dancers in zombie outfits jumping down the stage and scaring the audience during Thriller.

Just when we thought the show was over, a dancer walked on stage casually and typed on his phone — with the text being displayed on a big screen — asking audience, “Do you want more?” to which the stadium reverberated with a “Yes!”.

The dancer feigns a sigh and texts again with the screen displaying, “I can’t hear you” leading many to be on their feet and yelling with a resounding “Yes!”.

The dancer then pretended to spray paint ‘Bad’ on a screen, leading many to scream even louder as the well-loved song started.

Although the performances and songs were belted out in the singers’ own creative ways, die-hard fans of Michael Jackson truly felt that Thriller Live was well worth the experience to recall and celebrate the 49 years of the King of Pop, who died on June 25, 2009.

A word of advice though; be prepared to attend the show with a bottle of mineral water and some mints as by the end of the show, you’d be left with a hoarse throat.

Tickets to the multi-million dollar musical feast are still available at www.ticketcharge.com.my

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Laser Michael Jackson Show At Boston Museum Of Science

Sources: Museum of Science | All Things Michael


Michael Jackson’s career began alongside his brothers in The Jackson 5, but his true destiny was to become one of the world’s most famous solo performers.

Jackson’s career highlights include 13 number one singles in the United States and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – twice! His breakthrough album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time worldwide.

his amazing music is chronicled in Laser Michael Jackson, a tribute to The King of Pop. This captivating laser show include classics such as “Man in the Mirror,” “Thriller” and “Billie Jean,” all set to exciting, choreographed light effects.

Listen (and watch!) as MJ’s timeless hits live on at the Charles Hayden Planetarium.

Join the fun, tap your feet and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough!”

Set List

1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

2. ABC

3. Black or White

4. Human Nature

5. Thriller

6. Man In the Mirror

7. P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)

8. Billie Jean

Recommended for grades 5-12 through adults.  Show time approximately 40 minutes.

Buy tickets here (Scroll through the calendar posted at the bottom for show dates and times.

Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions.


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Who’s Bad Returns To Vilar Performing Arts Center Tonight

Sources: Vail Daily | All Things Michael


BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomes back the next best thing to the King of Pop, Who’s Bad: The Michael Jackson Tribute Band Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. This power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see.

As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has more than 100 years of collective professional experience and has sold out shows at major venues worldwide.

Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true king. Through their authentic performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom, including London’s O2, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with his 50-show “This Is It” concert series. In addition, Who’s Bad has checked some of the world’s most famous pavilions off their to-do list, selling out their first tour of China with stops at Ningbo’s Grand Theatre and Hunan Grand Theatre in Chengsha. In the U.S., Who’s Bad has packed The House of Blues in Houston, Dallas and New Orleans; rocked Washington, D.C.’s 930 Club and returned to their native Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move, boasting a team of dancers with resumes that include Broadway productions such as “Phantom of the Opera.” Vamsi Tadepalli (Who’s Bad founder, composer and saxophonist) assembled a cast of North Carolina’s premiere musicians and, from Who’s Bad’s inception, believed in the band’s boundless possibilities. The velvety vocals and pinpoint choreography of frontmen Joseph Bell and Taalib York combined with the six-piece band’s synchronized dance routines, blaring horns and down-deep rhythms result in a performance delivered with soul and precision superseded by no one but the King himself. They’ve shared stages with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin; the Backstreet Boys; the Four Tops; Boys II Men; and hip-hop superstar Pitbull.

Whether you idolized the Jackson 5, fell in love to “Human Nature” or learned to moonwalk to “Billie Jean,” Who’s Bad is the ultimate music-and-dance driven Michael Jackson homage. As the curtain opens on a Who’s Bad performance, every MJ fan feels the adrenaline, screams at the sight of that unmistakable silhouette and succumbs to a surefire Michael Jackson sing-along. The energy is purely magnetic, the musicianship is first-rate and the dance moves deftly inspired.

Tickets to Who’s Bad: The Michael Jackson Tribute Band are $52 for adults and $32 for children. They are on sale now by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting www.vilarpac.org.

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Michael Jackson Fans Treated To Memorable Performance

Sources: The Star Online – BY MELIZARANI T.SELVA| All Things Michael


THE music and moves of Michael Jackson lived on for fans at Thriller Live–Malaysia 2015.

Pairing the King of Pop’s signature dance moves with stunning visual displays, the West End musical got the audience at the Putra Indoor Stadium singing along to hits such as Billie Jean, Beat It and Rock With You when they kicked off with the first show on March 19.

The musical celebration is being presented by Milestone Production and supported by Malaysia Major Events with Star Publications (M) Bhd as the official media partner.

Thriller Live also brought Malaysian audiences of all ages through the Jackson 5’s early hits such as ABC and I’ll Be There.

RHB Group brand marketing head and a diehard Michael Jackson fan Namita Navin said she was very excited to see the King of Pop’s music come to life.

“I saw Michael Jackson live in concert in Singapore during the early 90s and I was impressed by the performers’ moves and singing.”

GCH Retail Malaysia Sdn Bhd marketing general manager Norine Erica Majaman said she was enthralled to watch the musical live in Malaysia.

“I have always loved Michael Jackson. His song Heal the World is very touching and still relevant to this day,” she said.

SEGi International group chief marketing officer Datuk Bruce Lim, who came with his wife and daughter, said he was excited to see how the performers emulated the legendary singer.

“My nine-year-old Natasha is very connected with Michael Jackson’s music.

“In fact we were singing along to the Thriller album in the car on our way here,” he said, adding that his favourite track is Man In The Mirror.

Also present for the first day of Thriller Live–Malaysia 2015 were Star Publications group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai as well as The Star’s acting group chief editor Leanne Goh.

Malaysia Major Events is a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, an agency under the Tourism and Culture Ministry, with RHB as the official bank, Munchy’s as Gold Sponsor, Health United and Palace of the Golden Horses as the Silver Sponsor.

Thriller Live runs at the Putra Indoor Stadium at 8.30pm until Wednesday.

Tickets are on sale at RM538, RM468, RM398, RM298, RM168 and RM128.

For details, visit ticketcharge.com.my or call 03-9222 8811.


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West End’s Thriller Live Exhilarates Malaysian Crowd

Source: The Star – BY DINESH KUMAR MAGANATHAN  | All Things Michael

Slick and smooth: The performance of Thriller Live, a musical celebration of Michael Jackson’s songs, enthralled the audience at Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Photo: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

Slick and smooth: The performance of Thriller Live, a musical celebration of Michael Jackson’s songs, enthralled the audience at Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Photo: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

The stage performance, celebrating the songs of pop genius Michael Jackson, gave Malaysian audiences a reason to dance and sing out loud.

IT was a hot and humid Thursday evening, the sort where all you want to do is stay at home and watch the television in the comfort of your air-conditioned living room.

But for many Malaysians, the weather was no deterrent.

All of them simply descended upon the Putra Indoor Stadium at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, for the opening night of West End’s Thriller Live (on until March 25; information: visit www.ticketcharge.com.my or call 03-9222 8811).

These were die-hard fans of Michael Jackson, many donning the late King of Pop’s iconic gloves, fedora, sequin jackets and even the red leather number made famous in the Thriller music video.

Unlike Jersey Boys, a jukebox musical that charted the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Thriller Live is more of a musical celebration of MJ’s illustrious career, chronicling the Jackson 5’s early pop years right up to the 1970s, when the quintet earned critical acclaim.

Nevertheless, the solo Michael Jackson years is where the heart of this show truly lies, with hits from classic albums like Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, bringing his pop genius into sharp focus.


The singers charmed the audience with their impressive vocals in this rendition of I’ll Be There. Photo: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star


Walking into the stadium, brushing shoulders with the visibly thrilled audience, it felt like I was about to watch a Michael Jackson concert itself.

The energy in the air reached a tipping point as the show neared its start.

And then, without warning, like many a gloved one’s concert, the stage exploded with a multitude of brightly-coloured lights.

The sound of drums and electric guitar sliced through the air with their potency, ushering in the five lead vocalists of the production.

The proceedings kicked off with Jackson 5 favourites such as I Want You Back, ABCand I’ll Be There.

But it was the booty-shaking disco nugget Blame It On The Boogie that got the crowd up and dancing.

The dancers and singer Samantha Johnson wore colourful costumes, transporting the audience to the halcyon era of glitter and groove.

One cannot have a celebration of MJ’s music without the ballad that catapulted the singer to stratosphere.

Miguel Ayesa (of reality show Rock Star: INXS fame) serenaded the audience with the emotional She’s Out Of My Life with such charm and charisma .

Ayesa, who also played the lead character Galileo Figaro in the Queen musical We Will Rock You, captured the tenderness and heart-tugging traits of the ballad, his voice smooth and almost lyrical in its presentation.

But it was in the second act of the show that the audience was really up and gyrating to prime cuts like Beat It, The Way You Make Me Feel, Dirty Diana, Billie Jean, Thriller,Bad and Black or White.

Colourful LED visuals were also part of the stage experience. Photo: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

Colourful LED visuals were also part of the stage experience. Photo: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

One of the most outstanding song sequences was Smooth Criminal.

Keeping to the 1930s gangster theme, the fast-paced number mirrored the 1987 music video, complete with a singer entering the nightclub in a white suit and hat, singing about a woman named Annie.

The crowd went berserk when the dancers and vocalist Sean Christopher performed the signature MJ gravity-defying lean.

Crowd favourites definitely included Alex Buchanan and J Rome, whose voices very much resembled Jackson’s.

They belted the signature high registers in Beat It and Earth Song to thunderous applause from the enamoured audience.

“It was great! The music, the production, the performers … everything was great. I really liked the second half of the show, as I’m more familiar with the later Michael era, songs like They Don’t Care About Us and Earth Song,” shared Mick, 29, after the show.

Another audience member, 33-year-old Abby Latif, liked that instead of it being merely a Michael Jackson musical, Thriller Live was a musical concert, too.

“I think it’s the trend now. We are looking at a lot of musical concerts rather than just a musical or a concert.

“Even when you watch This Is It, the MJ movie, everybody is on their feet, dancing and singing and that is what people want. And Thriller Live gives you that,” said Abby.

There is no denying that no one can recreate the magic of Michael Jackson. He was truly a one of a kind artiste.

Thriller Live is a pure celebration of some of the greatest hits in music history.

So, why deny yourself that experience?

The show is presented by Milestone Production, supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, an agency under the Tourism and Culture Ministry, with RHB as the official bank, Munchy’s as Gold Sponsor and Star Publications (M) Bhd as media partner.


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Erie Philharmonic Closes Pop Series Season with The Magic of Michael Jackson

Sources: Erie Reader – By Mary Birdsong| All Things Michael


Get out your sparkly glove, Michael Jackson is coming to town. The Erie Philharmonic’s King of Pop-inspired performance comes courtesy of London, Ontario-based band, Jeans ‘n’ Classics, who have made it their mission to marry the symphony with classic rock, pop, and folk.

Expect the hits from the early Jackson Five days like “I’ll Be There” and “Rockin’ Robin” to the six-minute glory that is “Thriller.”

Performing lead vocals will be Gavin Hope, a singer with a diverse background, including theater, film, and television, as well as vocal work with the Canadian-Pop a cappella institution, The Nylons, and a solo pop album.

Karen Beardsley-Petit, director of marketing and public relations for the Philharmonic, says “The music of Michael Jackson is a great way to close our Pops Series for the season. Jeans ‘n Classics have performed with us many times before. These favorites are even better with an entire orchestra behind them.”

At the time of press, tickets were very limited, so if you don’t already have them, you better “Beat It” to the box office today.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 28 // Warner Theatre, 811 State St.  // 455.1375, eriephil.org

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Michael Jackson’s Celebratory Show To Tantalize Fans

Sources: The Rakyat Post – By SUKHBIR CHEEMA | All Things Michael


SIX years on since the passing of the King of Pop, Malaysian fans of Michael Jackson finally have a rare opportunity to relive the glory days of the visionary musician from tomorrow (March 19) until March 25 through a musical performance set to be held in Kuala Lumpur.

Created by Michael’s good friend Adrian Grant, Thriller Live is a musical performance celebrating 49-years of the King of Pop where the award winning West End London production will set the stage at the Bukit Jalil Putra Indoor Stadium ablaze.

“The musical showcases the hope and spirit of Michael. We don’t want the show to be a tribute to him as we don’t want the show to be perceived that way. We want him to be remembered by the action, words and dances he created through the highly talented cast,” Thriller Live Tour Manager Phil Watts said to reporters at a special press conference held at the Palace of the Golden Horses here today.

Phil said the show and its cast who are just back from touring Australia are excited to remind Malaysian fans of Michael and how the legendary musician created his music and how his life should be celebrated.

“We’re reminding people what he did and how he did it. It is going to be an intense experience.” Phil promised.

The vibrant and high energy musical, which is in its record breaking seventh year in the West End London, is set to overtake Oliver! and Grease, making it the 19th longest running musical in the history of London’s famed theatre.

Presented by Milestone Production, the highly energetic performance showcases renowned performers such as MIG Ayesa, Prinnie Stevens, Sean Christopher, Alex Buchanan and J. Rome who would exude Michael’s persona in their own creative ways.

Tickets to the multi-million dollar musical feast is now available on sale at www.ticketcharge.com.my

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