Coach Norv Turner Speaks On The 1993 Superbowl And Michael Jackson’s Half Time Performance

Sources: Vikings.com – By Lindsay Young | All Things Michael

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When Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner held the same role for the Cowboys, he not only won Super Bowl XXVII in 1993 but also witnessed Michael Jackson’s halftime performance.

Turner recalled two Troy Aikman touchdown passes that occurred within an 18-second window to wrap up the first half when he spoke with “Voice of the Vikings” Paul Allen on KFAN 100.3-FM Thursday morning as part of this week’s “Super Bowl Stories” segment on the 9 to Noon show.

“I hate to be this way, but we scored twice in the last four minutes of the half and went up 28-10,” said Turner, hesitant to revel in the score.  “We did what we had to do and went into the locker room for halftime. Halftime is so long, we hustled back up to the press box and I actually got to see most of Michael Jackson’s show. It was being a fan for a few minutes.”

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Aside from the late King of Pop performing, Turner told Allen that the Super Bowl is just like any other game.

“You know, there’s a lot going on in the two weeks before – and in our second Super Bowl we only had a week, which I thought was too fast – but the thing [former Cowboys Head Coach Jimmy Johnson] stressed and we reiterated for him was, ‘Once this ball is kicked off, it’s like every game you’ve been playing since you started playing football,’ ” Turner said. “The things that win during a Super Bowl are the things that win during a regular season.”

The Cowboys defeated the Bills in both Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII, during which time Turner was coaching Aikman, a Hall of Famer who totaled three Super Bowl championships and six Pro Bowls.

 

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Vegas Twin Dancers List Michael Jackson As One Of Their Tap Dance Heroes

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Dance twins Sean and John Scott of Cirque’s “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace recently sat down with Vegas.com to discuss their tap dancing career and experiences in the field.

Vegas.com: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? How long have you two been dancing?
Sean Scott: We’re from Los Angeles born and raised. My brother and I, at the age of four or five, we were always jumping around, we had all of this energy and we would run around the house just causing chaos and my mom wanted to burn that energy somewhere and one day when she was cleaning the house and she saw Sammy Davis Jr. on TV and she thought maybe she’d put us in tap dancing. So, she enrolled us in tap dancing and we’ve been sticking with it ever since.

VDC: How did you end up in Absinthe?
SS: We were actually in another show at first and that’s when we met the producers of “Absinthe” and they embraced us and we had a good chemistry with them and we definitely wanted to do a collaboration with them and I thought it was a good idea because ever since I’ve been working with Spiegleworld, I’ve been happy here.

VDC: If you we’re in a dance off against the Nicholas Brothers what song would you tap to? What move would be your secret weapon?
SS: I don’t know, maybe a Michael Jackson song. Wow. What move would be my secret weapon? That’s a hard question! I always felt inferior to the Nicholas brothers because I idolize them, you know? They’re the best. If they were around right now, me and my brother wouldn’t have a job. But my secret weapon would be…I can’t say splits because they are masters at it, you know? I guess I’d just kill it with my swag.

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John Scott: That’s a good question. Yikes. I probably would do “Pursuit of Happiness.” I don’t think my secret weapon would do anything compared to the Nicholas brothers. I don’t think I would stand a chance, honestly. Not only were they really showy, they were rhythmic as well so they were really good at both of those so I don’t know how I would do. The Nicholas brothers are like everything to me so, I just think if they were dancing now, I wouldn’t be working as much.

VDC: Besides the Nicholas Brothers, who are your tap heroes?
SS: My tap heroes, I would say, I am a big fan of Michael Jackson so I like Michael Jackson. I guess I would say I like Fred Astaire and our tap teacher.
JS: Besides them? I would say Fred Astaire. Fred Astaire was really, really good.

VDC: What is something about tap dancing that most people don’t know?
JS: It’s seriously like, I kind of compare it to insanity. You are the instrument and you can’t just dance to a rhythm, you can’t just dance to a steady rhythm. You’re the rhythm so you have to switch it up. You have to go slower, you have to go faster, you have to go faster, you have to go slower you can go off any beat but you can’t forget that you are the instrument so it’s not just a dance, you know what I mean? That’s why I like tap dancing because it’s like you’re part of a jazz band off to the side because you are a percussionist, you know? But, to answer your question, it’s a full-body movement and so it is very tiring, you know? Very tiring and you can’t fake it especially being in the theater in the round and being that close to everybody, they could tell if you were faking it, you know? It won’t come across as cool or nice if you’re faking it.

Check out Absinthe to see these tapping twins in action Wednesday – Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m.

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Vienna Boys Choir To Perform “We Are The World”

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The world famous Vienna Boys choir has been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1926. Since that time, the choir has performed close to 1000 tours in over 100 different countries. There are currently 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The choirs are named after famous Austrian composers associated with the choir’s history, Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. The choir still performs much of their music. They give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world.

The boys choir will perform in concert the music of some of the greatest musicians and composers of our times from Amadeus Mozart to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The two-day concert will be in the Norðurljós Recital Hall at the Harpa concert hall and conference center in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Vienna Boys Choir: From Amadeus to Michael Jackson

February 27 -28, 2016 starting at 15:00 (GMT).

Artistic director Gerald Wirth. Conductor Manolo Cagnin.

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Save The Planet: Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” And “Love Song To The Earth”

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“Love Song to the Earth” was released on Friday, September 4, 2015 to support the United Nations Foundation and Friends of the Earth call to action on climate change. Sixteen artists came together at the Henson Studios in Los Angeles to record the song: Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q’Orianka Kilcher.

“We wanted to create a song to unify voices in a positive uplifting chorus to support the world’s leaders as they gather in Paris this December,” Jerry Cope, the song’s executive director and co-director/producer of the video, told Rolling Stone in September. “We wanted to finally forge a binding ambitious global climate treaty to address carbon emissions and anthropogenic [effects] that is resulting from human behavior climate change.”

A lyric video was also released on September 4.

The official video premiered this month at the UN COP21 climate change summit in Paris. McCartney appears in the clip alongside Sean Paul, Natasha Bedingfield and others.

McCartney was also quoted in Rolling Stone about his role in the film:

“I’m glad to be a part of ‘Love Song to the Earth,’ aiming to inspire people across the world to urge their leaders to act on climate change,” McCartney said in a statement prior to the Paris climate talks. “We need to be fast and efficient, switching to renewable energy and eating less meat, for example. Big decisions will be made this week, so I am doing everything I can to make sure governments sign up to an agreement, which can protect our planet. Now is the time to act. So please spread the woes and help keep our planet safe!”

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Paul McCartney and “Love Song to the Earth” executive producer Jerry Cope (Photo: Trey Fanjoy)

The new anthem joins the ranks of well-known super group charities like Band Aid’s 1984 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which also featured McCartney, and Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s 1985, “We Are the World,” which raised money for African humanitarian aide. “We Are World” has raised over $63 million dollars in donations.

The beautifully, majestic visuals depicted in the official video of “Love Song,” may remind many observers of Michael Jackson’s dynamic, “Earth Song,” which was released on the 1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1. Both songs share the same urgent message, yet each delivers in its own unique way.

Love Song’s message is gentle and beautiful in its approach. McCartney and his fellow artists urge us to learn to care and love this beautiful world and all the splendor therein.  It’s mission is to bring awareness to change the course that we are on. In today’s instant, fast-paced environment, its easy to take what we have for granted.

The song’s co-writer, Natasha Bedingfield, added: “Many people turn a blind eye arguing that everything is OK environmentally. The song reminds us that having ownership of our world means taking care of it. With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear.”

Earth Song’s thunderbolt delivery of Mother Nature’s plight will shake your very core as it tackles many themes such as care of the environment, war, pollution, deforestation and animal cruelty. Shy Michael is gone. His clothing is worn and tattered as he digs his hands in the earth’s precious soil and lifts it up to the sky. He expresses his heartfelt anguish and disappointment over the condition of the planet as he screams to the heavens:

Where did we go wrong
Someone tell me why?

Michael pulls no punches. His anger has reached its peak as he vehemently stomps the ground, bluntly asking his audience:

“Do we really give a damn?”

As he wails his lament, the earth is gradually restored from the forces that have destroyed it and its displaced inhabitants. His vision shows us how it would be if we would stop abusing the planet.

Here’s how Michael explains how he came up with the song:

“I remember writing ‘Earth Song’ when I was in Austria, in a hotel. And I was feeling so much pain and so much suffering of the plight of the Planet Earth. And for me, this is Earth’s Song, because I think nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the Earth. And with the ecological unbalance going on, and a lot of the problems in the environment, I think earth feels the pain, and she has wounds, and it’s about some of the joys of the planet as well. But this is my chance to pretty much let people hear the voice of the planet. And this is ‘Earth Song.’ And that’s what inspired it. And it just suddenly dropped into my lap when I was on tour in Austria.”

Michael’s love for environment was a life-passion:

“I like to hear the sound of water and birds chirping and laughter. I love all the real natural, innocent things.”

Even as Michael was preparing for the This is It tour, this was one of his last messages that he wanted to get across to everyone.

“I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That’s why it makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening, that every second, I hear, the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That’s why I write these kinds of songs, you know. It gives some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the Planet, I love the trees. I have this thing for trees – the colors and changing of leaves. I love it. I respect those kind of things.

“I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the planet. Because the planet is sick, like a fever. If we don’t fix it now, it’s at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have, or it’s like a runway train. And the times has come, This Is It. People are always saying, ‘They’ll take care of it. The government’ll–Don’t worry, they’ll–‘ ‘They’ who? It starts with us. It’s us. Or else it’ll never be done…We have four years to get it right. After that it would be irreversible. Let’s take care of the planet.”

Though the messenger is no longer with us, his poetic words and songs are as still relevant as they were when created.

No matter which song you prefer, the message is clear: we must all do our part to save the world we live in before it’s too late. 

“Love Song to the Earth,” is available for purchase. Proceeds from the song will benefit Friends of the Earth and the UN Foundation.

For more information about this endeavor, visit lovesongtotheearth.org

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Sources: All Things Michael |LoveSongToThe Earth.org

 

2Cellos Rock Michael Jackson, AC/DC And More In London

Sources: Rock 94.7 – By Kirsten Donovan| All Things Michael

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LONDON (Reuters) – If you were to list the great cello works, you’d probably say Vivaldi, Bach and Haydn and skip AC/DC, Michael Jackson and Coldplay.

But then that would be before you heard Croatian duo 2Cellos tear up the rule book to give the instrument a rock-star makeover.

Classically trained cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser became overnight Internet sensations when their low-budget video of Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” went viral in 2011, getting three million hits in two weeks.

Fast-forward a few years and they are now worldwide headliners in their own right, and released their third album earlier this year, having performed and collaborated with the likes of guitarist Steve Vai, Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

“We were young and played classical music with lots of energy, but we always had this rock animal inside of us,” Hauser told Reuters before a show this week in London.

The pair cite Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and English cellist Jacqueline du Pré as early influences. Then their musical tastes expanded to Jackson and later AC/DC with its lead guitarist Angus Young. Hauser goes so far as to incorporate a few Young-style antics into the pair’s stage show, – at one point dropping to the floor and circling around on his back, all the while never missing a note.

“We’ve shown all the different possibilities (of the cello), especially when it’s combined with classical music. Who would combine (Gioachino) Rossini opera with Iron Maiden,” Hauser added, referring to the duo’s fusion of the “William Tell Overture” and the metal band’s “The Trooper”, which opens their new album “Celloverse” and kicked-off the London encores.

The show started on a gentle-note with beautiful renditions of songs by Sting and U2, but once the opening notes of “Smooth Criminal” sounded, the crowd went into a frenzy, which only grew as the pair rocked their way through hits from Nirvana, Guns and Roses, and of course AC/DC.

The audience – from children to pensioners – even rushed the stage.

A high-energy jaunt through The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” saw the two try to beat Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at their own game.

But the pair bristles at the suggestion they are a covers band. “When we do something we want it to be something special, something unique, we put our own stamp on it,” Sulic said.

Sulic said much of the classical musical establishment appreciated what the group was doing. “We introduce classical music, especially to the young generation. The kids love what we are doing, we inspire them so the teachers are happy and the parents are happy.”

Cello bows shredded, it was time to take it down a notch in London to end the evening with an impromptu Christmas Carol medley sing along and an elegant rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air on the G String”.

Regretting the missed opportunity to collaborate with Jackson, who died in 2009, Hauser said the pair would instead like to work with someone unexpected like American rapper Eminem.

“Imagine hip hop and cello. That would be intense,” he said with a grin.

 

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More Herb Ritts Photos To Arrive At Rock Hall In 2016

Sources: Cleveland.com – By Tony L. Smith| All Things Michael

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When it comes to having a exhibit on the top floor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the only person who can replace Herb Ritts is Herb Ritts.

The legendary music photographer shot everyone from Madonna and Justin Timberlake to Tina Turner and Michael Jackson. Ritts, who passed away in 2002, is also known for making the transition from still photography to directing well-known music videos like Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games” and Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet.”

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Much of Ritts’ work has been on display in “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits, which opened this past March on levels 5 and 6 of the museum.

The exhibit will close on Feb. 28 and be replaced by more Herb Ritts photographs. A new exhibit will open sometime in March or April, featuring more than 60 photos donated by Ritts family.

“This one will be a smaller show, but very special in its own right,” says Karen Herman, vice president of collections and curatorial affairs for the Rock Hall. “Some of the prints we’ve shown, some we haven’t.”

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MJ Photographer Matthew Rolston Gets Smashbox Visual Impact Award

Sources: WWD – By Jasmin Rosemberg | All Things Michael

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To say that Los Angeles native Matthew Rolston broke into the photography business “rapidly” would hardly be sufficient. “My very first client was Andy Warhol for Interview magazine,” he recalls. “My second client was Harper’s Bazaar. My third client was Michael Jackson.” He then rethinks this. “Actually, my third client was Jann Wenner, for Rolling Stone,” he clarifies.

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Rolston had crossed paths with Warhol socially at the artist’s nightclub the Factory in New York, but the opportunity at Warhol’s Interview came when a stylist friend from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena — where Rolston studied photography then, and teaches courses now — called about a last-minute job. “And lo and behold, I got my first assignment for a magazine.” Rolston says, “And it was to shoot Steven Spielberg.”

Photographing Harrison Ford and a then-unknown “Star Wars” cast followed — as did a plethora of covers, and a fashion-forward shoot with Jackson. (Later, Rolston would be the last to photograph the pop icon, for his “Thriller” relaunch, in 2007.) “I actually dressed him in some of my own clothes,” recalls Rolston, who bought an embroidered crest with a crown and the letter “J” from an “English-y” Beverly Hills men’s store, and had it sewn onto a cardigan. “And he started this whole craze that I ended up calling ‘Hollywood Royale.’ It sort of indicated the idea of royalty — that he was the King of Pop.” Only, this was prior to Jackson ever being called such.

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Lee Thomas Foundation To Host Fundraiser For Vitiligo Support Programs

Sources: Fox 2 | All Things Michael

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– FOX 2’s Lee Thomas and more than a dozen of his television colleagues will take the stage to showcase their singing, dancing, comedic and other hidden talents as part of the inaugural “Tribute to Detroit” fundraising event to benefit ClairtyLTF, Lee Thomas Foundation, on November 28, 2015. The fun-filled evening kicks off at 7 p.m. at The City Theatre inside Hocketytown Café, and proceeds will support the nonprofit’s programs, including its VStrong vitiligo support group.

Guests will enjoy a fun-filled night of music, laughter and surprises as many of Detroit’s favorite television personalities shed their more serious news personas to entertain the audience. FOX 2 anchors and reporters scheduled to perform include Amy Andrews, Deena Centofanti, Jason Carr, Monica Gayle, Charlie Langton, Charlie LeDuff, Sherry Margolis, Jay Towers, and others. Thomas and his famous friends will perform comedy skits, including a parody of the station’s “Let It Rip” program called “Let It Rap.”

Other special guest include former FOX 2 reporter Alexis Wiley (Mayor Mike Duggan’s press secretary), Samuel Pickens, the young Detroiter who portrayed Michael Jackson on Broadway in “Motown: The Musical,” and Tyuawn Brown, Motown Museum’s official Michael Jackson impersonator.

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ClarityLTF is a 501c3 organization started by broadcaster Thomas, who has suffered from the skin disorder vitiligo for over 20 years. Vitiligo is a condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches. There is often no clear cause for vitiligo.

“There are people who don’t leave their homes because they have this disease,” said Thomas. “My story has resonated with Detroiters so I have continued to try and help others in any way I can. This benefit and the foundation are for those in our community living with vitiligo. The emotional support we provide is much needed, and I truly believe one day soon there will be a cure.”

The Vstrong vitiligo support group is the primary program of ClarityLTF. In 2007, Thomas and Henry W. Lim, M.D., department chair of Henry Ford Health System’s Multicultural Dermatology department, started the group which offers information, professional workshops and emotional support with physicians from Henry Ford Health System free of charge at every event. Vstrong is one of the first and most respected vitiligo support groups in the world, and has hosted many visiting doctors and experts from around the globe, including Russia, India, Italy and the United States.

Reserved seating tickets are $50 per person, VIP tickets are $100 per person which includes access to an afterglow with the performers, and a $1,000 Platinum package includes ten premium seats, after-glow and 10 VIP gift bags.

To order a Platinum package contact ClarityLTF at 313.757.6851. All other tickets can be ordered through Ticketmaster by clicking here

 

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