The Wombats’ On Michael Jackson And More

Sources: NME | All Things Michael


The first song I remember hearing:
Michael Jackson – something from ‘Bad’

“I used to wear denim jackets. I had this weird brown hat that was more John Wayne than Michael Jackson but I thought I was MJ even though I had really bad dance moves with knobbly knees. I remember listening to ‘Bad’ a lot.

The first song I fell in love with:
‘Creep’ – Radiohead

“I was going through a really terrible happy hardcore phase when I was about 11 to 13. Then I remember hearing ‘Creep’ on New Year’s Eve up in the den my friend and I made in his parents’ house and thinking, ‘What was that?’ Then I became a Radiohead pervert for years.”

The first album I bought:
‘Bad’ – Michael Jackson

“He was playing in Liverpool and you could hear the bass rumbling from miles away. It was definitely around that time that I got it.”

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Sources: Ice Cream Conversations | All Things Michael

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Cassius was decked out in his MJ gear (glitter socks included) and went full throttle on the dance floor showing off his best King of Pop moves.

Cassius’ proud mommy captioned the video, “#best birthday ever #cassius 6th BDay party #MJ theme #we had a blast #he’s my out lil star #Cassius #happiest #Blackcelebkids #blessed”

Diddy’s kiddies, D’Lila Star, Jessie James, and Chance Combs also celebrated with the birthday boy.


Hands down, Cassius had the best cake ever!



Read more here Minimation: Slash Gets ‘The Call’ From Michael Jackson [Part 1]

Sources: – By Brian Ives | All Things Michael


On Minimation, we comb through the interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists. In this interview from 2014, Slash recalls his legendary sessions with Michael Jackson. You remembered that he played guitar on “Give In To Me” from 1991’s ‘Dangerous’ album, right? 

Michael Jackson always had a knack for finding great lead guitar players when he wanted to rock out a bit on a single. On 1982’s Thriller, he used Eddie Van Halen on “Beat It.” On the follow up, 1987’s Bad he called on Billy Idol’s axe-man Steve Stevens for “Dirty Diana.” And, by the ’90s, there was no guitarist hotter than Guns N Roses‘ Slash. And so it was that Slash got a call from the King of Pop while he was staying in the famed “Riot House” aka the Hyatt on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The song that Slash played on the album was “Give In To Me.” He also provided some guitar noise on “Black Or White,” but didn’t play on the song, contrary to popular belief. But Jackson and Slash hit it off, and the guitarist even hit the road with him for a short time.

And Slash has another story about that. We’ll post part two of that interview, where Slash talks about performing with the King of Pop, next week.


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Mariah Carey Pays Tribute To Michael During Vegas Show

Sources: Entertainment Wise – By Kayleigh Giles | Edited By – All Things Michael

Mariah Carey performing live on stage her 'Mariah #1 To Infinity' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Featuring: Mariah Carey Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States When: 06 May 2015 Credit: Judy Eddy/

Credit: Judy Eddy/

Her ability to still render those power house vocals has come under a ton of scrutiny in recent years, but Mariah Carey proved she’s still got it as she made her residency debut in Las Vegas last night.

The pop diva pulled out all the stops during the opening night of Mariah #1 to Infinity which takes place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

In true Mariah style, the entire evening was off the glamour scale. There was big hair, glitzy wardrobe changes, and some uber sassy props, as she jumped in her pink vintage Thunderbird for Dreamlover and danced alongside a yellow jet ski while clad in a black leotard from the Honey music video.

The singer belted out 18 of her chart-topping singles, from her first No. 1 Vision of Love to 2008’s Touch My Body, with the latter seeing the star invite a fan to climb onto a giant bed and blindfolded him while waving a feather in his direction.

The singer eventually took things down a bit and performed her cover of The Jackson 5’s I’ll Be There with Trey Lorenz while footage of a young Michael Jackson played on the screen behind her.

“I have always been one of Michael Jackson’s biggest fans, and later I was able to call him my friend,” she told the audience.

Credit: Joel Ginsburg/

Credit: Joel Ginsburg/

The 45-year-old wrapped up the show with her newest single Infinity from her upcoming album, #1 to Infinity, which is due out May 18.

Mariah will perform three nights a week in May and July for a total of 18 shows.

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DJ Session: From Afro-Cuban Funk To A Michael Jackson Salsa Tribute

Sources: KDLG | NPR | All Things Michael

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For this week’s DJ Session, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson sits down with DJ Luis “Speedy” Gonzalez, who hosts “Latin Jazz and Salsa” on WMNF in Tampa, Florida. He shares new Latin and salsa sounds, including artist Tony Succar’s new tribute to Michael Jackson, and the Afro-Cuban funk group Palo.

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Ciara Performs Michael Jackson Tribute On Tour

Sources: Music Times – By Mereb | All Things Michael


Singer Ciara rocked the Best Buy Theater in New York City during her Jackie Tour where she proved she still had the same fiery moves since her “Goodies” album debut in 2004.

It seems Ci-Ci is back and better than ever with a fresher look and a bigger sound. As expected, Ciara wowed in a sexy black bandeau crop top with a short black blazer and her signature black baggy pants. All eyes were glued on her as purple lights lit up the stage and she reenacted her famous microphone scene from her “Promise” music video. The crowd cheered as if they were witnessing her in a dance battle with unmatched opponents.

As the stage blacked out, Ciara reemerged with blazing white lights as speakers blasted heart beat sounds before she went into her 2006 hit song “Like A Boy.” Immediately, cheers explode and the packed crowd sang along before she witnessing her bend backwards without any support during her Matrix move- Yup, she still has it!

One interesting turn during the night ended up being a big crowd-pleaser as she reappeared on stage wearing a black hat, imitating the late pop star and legend, Michael Jackson. Although, she’s been compared to Janet Jackson since her start, Ciara dominated his moves effortlessly in a mini tribute.


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A New Look For Michael Jackson – By Roberto Cavalli

Sources: Roberto Cavalli | All Things Michael


368. A new look for Michael Jackson…

Michael Jackson had organized a small, private dinner, I would say a very intimate dinner because we were completely alone in the restaurant of one of the most prestigious hotels in Las Vegas, away from prying eyes.

Finally he began to tell me about his desire to usher in a new period of his musical life. A new style to which he wished to give a new look.

He made me realize that he wanted to abandon forever the short jackets, tight pants, white socks with loafers blacks. He had already noticed that I was wearing – as I always do – ankle boots in black suede. Well, that would be a look that he would like. He made me realize that he greatly admired the fantasies of the embroideries we had put on the shiny fabrics of some of our women’s jackets.

So he wanted something that would stand out, a rock-chic-elegance.

We left one another promising to meet again soon and I assured him that I would send some sketches and ideas for his new Michael Jackson look.

From that day we began to talk one another often. He had already accepted some of my proposals and, with the help of my son Daniele, we organized a first meeting in London to show him an exquisitely worked jacket we had designed for him. He was impressed!

His first return to the public would be in London during the “Fashion Rocks”. There was great expectation; the press had given a lot of coverage to his new look and I was part of that great event.

The final examination gown was exciting. Michael was delighted and expressed his approval!

During the concert the audience was screaming his name to the rhythm of the music. Michael continued to dance walking on the stage. The audience reached out to touch him, just to experience the sensation of touching him and his clothes.

Michael took off his jacket, swung it twice over his head and threw it into the screaming audience!

I looked at Daniele’s face. He was shocked! The wonderful “jacket” that had cost so much creative effort had ended up in the hands of a fan who certainly could not possibly imagine what had gone into it!

When Michael returned to the backstage I hugged him, and jokingly expressed my disappointment about the jacket… “Roberto, please, I was very excited… Just make me a new one…!” he said, hugging me again.

The world has lost a great artist and I have lost a friend.



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A Place in Your Heart Presents: A Michael Jackson Art Museum

Sources: Examiner – By Rev. Catherine Gross | All Things Michael


Calling all Michael Jackson Artists! There is now a museum to display some of the awesome work that you do. Right now there is a great need for artists to donate some their works. Works will be displayed to people all over the world, for Michael’s birthday in August. For those who will kindly donate, please know this is a tribute of love. Contact Dr. Catherine Gross Lets “make that change!” The power that art wields is incredible. Its almost like a ministry. Art speaks to people. It changes things. When you share it, you are sharing a little bit of your soul with others. Michael said is it with the ultimate elegance;

You give of your talent, of your ability… the talent that was given you by the Heavens. That’s why we’re here, to bring a sense of escapism in time of need. And, uh, if you’re a painter you paint; if you’re a sculptor, you sculpt; if you’re a writer, you write; if you’re a songwriter, you give songs; if you’re a dancer, you give dance. You give people some love and some… some bliss and some escapism, and to show that you truly care from the heart, and be there for them. Not just from a distance, but show you really care. You know, take the long mile and be there for them. And that’s what I did, and many others who cared and helped. And it’s an important thing.” Michael Jackson

Indeed, the vision of A Michael Jackson Art Museum with works that are done solely by Michael Jackson fans, has finally come to be. The museum is in Gary Indiana, on Millers Beach in the Morning Bishop Theater House. An art museum with works that are done solely by Michael Jackson fans should immediately initiate philosophical considerations of how Gary, Indiana has made a powerful impression on the entire world… as well it should for a multitude of reasons.

Often our early childhood experiences affect the way we feel about things all the way into adulthood. Childhood Development completed two studies on this topic.

The first study, published in Child Development, found that the type of emotional support that a child receives during the first three and a half years has an effect on education, social life and romantic relationships even 20 or 30 years later.”

The second study, also published in Child Development, found that children’s early experiences help predict whether or not they end up developing social anxiety disorder as teenagers — but only for those who were especially sensitive and distrustful as babies.”

According to Jay Belsky ( who was not involved in either study)We know that our early experiences likely affect all of us to a certain extent, Belsky says. And we know that due to variations in psychological makeup, some people are more sensitive to environmental factors than others.”

Michael Jackson’s early childhood experiences began in Gary, Indiana. Through his art he shared that experience with the entire world. That means that many of the social aspects of Gary became global . Because of art, we can now say that we are all Gary, Indiana. Art can actually be extremely healing, for those reasons alone , an art museum in Gary is awesome. The world can now give back to Gary, some of the bliss it has been receiving for so many years. That’s what a Michael Jackson Art Museum will do!

Art is an electrifying force for social change. It cultivates our attitudes, opinions and beliefs, and is a powerful source of enlightenment. The efficaciousness of art is made evident in its ability to provoke reflection,activate compassion, create conversations and spark the imagination. Art can offer virtuous paths for healing relationships . Through a compelling and dynamic form of self expression it can constitute inner might,and promote faith in an incomparable way of living and learning. Art is the promise of all that is new. The persuasive energy of art surrounds us, in almost every facet of our lives.

In an excerpt from The Creative Community Builders Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts and Culture . The author, Tom Burrops writes;

“Fieldstone Alliance(2007), makes a compelling case that cultural projects are not simply a luxury but play a fundamental role in reviving the fortunes and boosting the prospects of poor, minority and other disadvantaged communities

‘Civic institutions, like museums, public galleries, community art organizations, performing art institutions, arts councils and public arts organizations have a rare opportunity to lead significant change by engaging specific groups to help devise and carry out creative community-building neighborhood programs.”

Can you believe it? We can finally ” make that change”. The Michael Jackson art museum will create a unified, global experience for the community through originality, imagination and inspiration. It can encourage development and healing, because art is therapeutic. It will allow participants to realize and connect to their own authentic artistic instinct, cause self- examination, and promote appreciation for their own creative power. The art museum will not simply be inspirational, it can generate optimism and transformative community building in a safe and curative environment. It is perhaps hasty to say that we will ‘Heal the World’ as Michael Jackson desired. Nevertheless, Gary and its splendid suburbs, is an excellent place to start. Michael would love it.

What one wishes is to be touched by truth and to be able to interpret that truth so that one may use what one is feeling and experiencing, be it despair or joy, in a way that will add meaning to one’s life and will hopefully touch others as well. This is art in its highest form. Those moments of enlightenment are what I continue to live for.” Michael Jackson

Included is a certificated continuing education course in music appreciation. The text will be Man in the Music by Dr. Joe Vogel, an incomparable fan of Michael Jackson. “Joseph Vogel is a cultural critic, scholar, and author of the Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, The Huffington Post, Pop Matters, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and a multitude of other publications. He holds a PhD from the University of Rochester.”


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