THIS IS IT! MICHAEL JACKSON IS GONE
When he told us that ”this is it. when i say this is it, i mean this is it”, little did Michael know that ‘this’ would not be it.
he was talking about his comeback concerts, scheduled to begin at London’s O2 arena in July. But what is really IT right now is that the embattled king of pop has lost a final opportunity to establish himself as a ‘comeback king’.
this is it guys: Michael Joseph Jackson IS DEAD.
the 50 year-old pop giant, who was goona be starting something in London from July passed on on thursday june 25 at about 2pm local time at his home in Los Angeles, after suffering a cardiac arrest.
paramedics from the Los Angeles fire department rushed him to the UCLA Medical centre, where C.P.R. was administered on him, but, different sources have been quoted as saying the best-selling singer ‘never made it’ out of coma.
he was confirmed dead at exactly 2:26pm.
Jackson was a great as a pop star could ever get. he lived his life on the stage, in front of cameras, on tabloid covers, and in millions of homes across the world. And, although he had been performing (with the Jackson Five and The Jacksons), since his pre-teen years, and he had even scored series of number one hits, it was not until his 1982 album Thriller (producer by Quincy Jones) that his career broke the roof- as single-after-single broke all chart records, and grabbed fans’ attentions from London to Japan and Addis Ababa. The album won a record eight Grammies, immediately went multi-platinum, and changed the direction of pop music.
and that was IT!
from a child star, michael was now a bonafide superstar, a pop icon, and global music star. and as his star continued to shine, he showed he was no fluke as he gave unbelievable live performances across the world.
beat it. billie jean. wanna be starting somethin’. thriller.
and if you add that to earlier and later repertoires – all to numerous to start mentioning, you’ll easily see why MJ was such a favourite with music fans. he was A favourite!
they wept. they screamed. they tore at his clothes. they rolled on the floor. and they fainted. all for Michael. and he gave them what they wanted. he gave them the show of thier lives and risked stunts that no other performer would dare.
on stage, there was none like Michael. and, if you’ve read Quincy Jones’ tributes (he said in a statement yesterday :”To this day, the music we created together on “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” is played in every corner of the world…), you’ll see that even in the booth, there was none like him. none. he gave his all – and he had plenty! plenty talent, plenty energy, plenty passion, plenty talent (oh, i said that before…)
But he had plenty of i ssues too. image issues. skin issues. drug issues (no, not cocaine. painkillers), family issues. personal issues. and just as there was a lot of attention on his art, many concentrated on his issues too: nose jobs, plastic surgeries, falied romances and marriages, weird acts (like dangling his baby from the window of a hotel room), paedophilia allegations, court cases, bankruptcy…. name it!
and, sadly, these negative events coloured the better part of his post-thriller career. it was no longer just about the music; no longer about the crazy shows; no longer about the magic. madness was now in the mix; a lot of madness.
when you mix magic with madness, what do you get?