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” I want the world to remember Michael Jackson”

March 15, 2011

Many people who knew Michael had shared their memories through the years and these interviews are so many, that a separate blog is needed for them. This comes in contrast with people who feel like talking about Michael Jackson here and there-though they never met him- offering their worthless and baseless “opinions” just to remain in the spot light and justify their existence in the media world.

Those who really knew Michael corroborate each other, and they all come to the same conclusion. He was a musical genius, one of a kind, and an amazing human being with the biggest heart ever. I will present two recent interviews that will take away the negativity that we have to deal with in our research and will remind us of Michael’s greatness both as an artist and a human being.

The first one is from Mengesha “Mystro” Francis who talked to Valmai Owens of Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait magazine (Vol. 4 Beyond the Dream) about Michael and his friendship with him. “Mengesha “Mystro” Francis is a wonderfully gifted and classically trained pianist. After attending UCLA and West LA College, he became a music teacher with The Heavenly Vision Christian Academy. He has worked with seasoned Rap and R&B recording artists, and performed at many important events including Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary. He is very talented, warm and friendly, and a devoted and loving fan of Michael”

The whole interview posted on March 3, 2011 can be found here:

“Mystro” talked about his feelings about Michael’s passing and how sad he was that Michael didn’t have the chance to see his new project for kids:

Valmai: Mengesha, you founded your company School Time Hip-Hop Productions right around 2009. Can you tell us something about that?

Mengesha: Well, that time was hard for me. With that, those are my original compositions. I understand Hip-Hop; I like Hip-Hop, and so I mixed Hip-Hop and education together. Sort of like Schoolhouse Rock. I’m also a big fan of Schoolhouse Rock from the seventies TV show. I grew up on that, so I wanted to incorporate that style with Hip-Hop and have it still be educational for kids.

When Michael passed I had to put it on the back-burner, and only because I just needed time to breathe. I was so excited about putting this out for kids. I was definitely in talks with getting this to Michael Jackson for him to give me the thumbs-up, not necessarily an endorsement, I just wanted him to see this, you know. It’s for kids, it’s educational and when he passed, it was so difficult for me to continue at that point. I had lost people in my personal family too, so I was really not in a good place, but now I’m a lot stronger.

I have been talking to the School Districts to get this out. I’m back trying to make this happen and I’m sure it’s going to take off. I’m really excited about it, and we’ve been getting wonderful revues in just our demo alone. So, I’m still going to push forward with that.

Valmai: I think it’s a wonderful idea.

Mengesha: I really wanted Michael to hear it and see it. As I was recording it, all I could think was that Michael was going to love this. It’s Hip-Hop, it’s kids, it’s clean, it’s Rap and it’s still danceable for the kids, and it’s not too commercial. I wanted it to be Jay Z meets Disney, you know? I knew Michael would have loved it.

He continues talking about his performance at the 30th Anniversary in 2001:

Valmai: Oh, I think it would be something he would definitely approve of. You performed for Michael at his 30th Anniversary, in 2001. What was that experience like for you?

Mengesha: The 30th Anniversary was the last time I saw Michael in person. That really was an incredible night. I had a chance to play and what I did in the video, Michael Jacksonology: Piano Tribute, is the same thing I did in front of Michael at the anniversary; right there with James Ingram standing over me, and quite a few people were impressed with my playing. I was able to play his songs as a medley, and he kept looking at me and giving me the thumbs-up. That was the last time I would see Michael so at least I had a chance to play for him. I can take that and just run with that, you know?

Valmai: At that performance you also got a chance to meet and speak with him on-on-one didn’t you?

Mengesha: Well, yes. I had been friends with some of the family members, and in 2009, after Michael’s passing, I had lunch with Jermaine Jr. and also Berry Gordy’s grandson. We were talking about some things; we were talking about Hip-Hop, we were talking about my piano performance that I was getting ready to do, the Michael Jacksonology: Piano Tribute, so I do have their backing and they know I’m doing this. I just want to keep his music alive, that’s the main thing, and in a different way from most people wanting to impersonate Michael, and that’s still wonderful too, but I really want to showcase something different. Nobody really listens to his songwriting capability, you know, the “Earth Song!”

I had a contest on my website for all those who are fans of Michael Jackson and of my website. I told them to pick a song for me to play. The song that gets the most hits; the song you think is the best I will perform it. It was a toss-up between “Earth Song” and “Speechless.” But “Earth Song” won out. So that’s why I performed “Earth Song” last on the video. It’s a very, very difficult song to play. Out of everything I played in that video, “Earth Song” was the toughest because it’s simple, but it’s a detailed song; everything has got to be right in place.

Valmai: And Michael was a perfectionist too, so he would want it played exactly the way he wrote it.

Mengesha: Exactly.

Then he narrated the story on how he met Michael, which is very interesting because it reveals MJ’s responsible behaviour towards children and how he behaved like a concerned parent:

Mengesha: I want to share a story with you on how I first met Michael Jackson, and this is something so profound to me.

I told you the last time I saw Michael, but the very first time I saw him I was about thirteen. And I hate to tell the truth, but…well I’ll say it like this, I left school early; I ditched. I left school early and went to Hollywood. They have these guys on street corners who sell these maps to the Star’s homes. So I bought one because I was determined to find out where Michael lived. I was such a fan, and I had to know. I looked on the map and I saw 4641 Hayvenhurst Drive, so I asked the bus driver how to get to Hayvenhurst. He said, “Hayvenhurst is way out in Encino, that’s a two hour ride.” So I said okay, I guess I ought to do it.

So I get on the bus; it’s a two hour ride all the way to Encino. I go down the street and see this large gate. Finally I found 4641, and I thought this is it? I was expecting Neverland stuff. But it’s a nice big house and I’m sitting there doing my homework thinking, I don’t see Michael Jackson and it’s been thirty minutes…finally the gate opens. A black Mercedes Benz drives out the gate and the window rolls down, and it’s Michael. I’m by myself; this is a regular day and he looks at me and says, “Hey, why aren’t you in school?” And I thought oh no, that’s the worst thing he could say to me. I mean this is like ten o’clock in the morning on a school day, and I’m a 13 year-old.

Anyway, I said, “Well, I wanted to meet you. That’s why I’m here.” And he said, “Well don’t ditch. Don’t ditch school; that’s not a good thing, but I got something for you. If you stay in school and do your work, and do all good things; if you meet me this Saturday at Balboa Park, I’m going to give you an autograph. I’m not going to give it you now. I’m going to give it to you Saturday, so meet me there. My brothers will be there because we play baseball every Saturday.” So I said, “Where is Balboa Park?” And he said, “Its right around the corner.”

So Saturday came along. I got up early, and went all the way back down and found Balboa Park. Sure enough, the Jackson’s were warming up. I saw Jackie, Tito; all of them were there, and the 3T’s were little babies and Marlon Jr was a little baby. I saw this guy on the other side; on the opposite team’s side with a hat and sunglasses waving at me. It was Michael. He was in disguise with a moustache and a hat on. So I walked up to him and he said, “Don’t tell anybody I’m here. My brothers are going to give you the jacket from the Victory Tour, and we’re going to give you the program.” So I asked for an extra one for my mother, and he said, “Okay, we’ll give you two.”

Finally, after the game was over, Jackie and Marlon came up to me and gave me the Victory Tour book. They signed it and Michael signed it too, and then I got the Victory jacket.

That was the first time I met Michael Jackson, and when I went back to school nobody believed me! I’m saying I met Michael Jackson and mind you, this is 1984-’85; this is the height of his career. I told my teacher and he said no way! I told him I was serious, that Michael lived in Hayvenhurst, I went to a baseball game, and they were like, “Yeah right!” So eventually I started taking pictures at some of the baseball games.

The night of the 30th Anniversary, I wondered in my mind if Michael knew I was the same little kid that was in front of his house doing his homework, who is now a professional musician. And I didn’t have a chance to tell him that. There was so much going on that night; he was very busy and his table was full, so I didn’t get a chance to have a one-on-one with him.

Valmai: That story is amazing.

Mengesha: Yes, it’s part of me forever.

Valmai: What was your impression of Michael?

Mengesha: He was very out-spoken; he was very stern because I was a 13 year-old sitting outside his house instead of being in school, so he wasn’t soft-spoken to me. He was very direct, and more concerned about me being outside of his house instead of in school. He was like a concerned parent.

I’ve seen him on other occasions too, but one-on-one, I don’t think Michael was as shy; I think he was more business savvy than people see. His public persona is; of course he’s a nice guy and he’s very soft-spoken and wonderful, but I believe when it comes to something serious, Michael Jackson had no problem telling you exactly what he meant. Now, he was nice enough to invite me to his baseball game, but he didn’t have to do that. He could have called the police and said this kid is in front of my house; he needs to go to school. But he told me I could come to his house and he would give me an autograph, just not on school days, and I will never forget that. He could have done a whole bunch of things, I mean that’s trespassing, well not necessarily trespassing, but loitering.

He gave me an opportunity to go to those baseball games, and I used to go every weekend after that. I became very comfortable and I remember seeing Paula Abdul there; Janet Jackson was there all the time. She was no big deal then; I mean she used to just walk out the house. This was in the ‘80’s before she became a star. It was so much fun during the ‘80’s, to be that kind of a fan where we could literally go to Michael’s house and just interact with his world.

I remember one Saturday; normally when Michael comes in, he calls on his car phone from down the street and tells the guards to open the gate. This is like 5 minutes before he actually pulls in. This particular day, the gate was moving but it wouldn’t open. And all the fans that were standing there, we knew that Michael was on his way.

So Michael pulled in and the gate wouldn’t open, so all the fans are screaming and wanting autographs. Michael gets out of the car and says, “Don’t do this at home,” and walks around the side of the gate and hopped the fence. Everybody cracked up. It was so hilarious because we expected him to wait in the car. Finally, the security guard pulled the gate open and drove the car in. That was just a moment that I would see from just hanging around the house.

I remember when he did Captain EO. I was there that day he went to Disney. He was in the car with Bill Bray. Bill Bray was driving, and Michael waved and said stop the car. So, I was there with a friend and we got up and walked to the car. Michael said, “I’m doing a movie. You got to check it out. It’s called Captain EO. It’s for Disney. Just remember I told you its Captain EO.” And sure enough, I finally saw Captain EO, which is one of my favorites. The day that it opened up, I think was 16 or 17, my school’s Drill Team was opening the Premiere day. So we got to see it ahead of everybody. I got to see it before the public got to see it. I mean out of all the high schools in Los Angeles, my school was picked to perform at the opening, and I was there.

So many symbolic things are wrapped in my entire life from 5 years-old, all the way to being a 40 year-old man, which is centered around Michael. He has been a part of life since childhood; since before I knew music and when he passed, I had people who I hadn’t spoke to since Elementary School call my mother to pay their condolences to me. I had a teacher who remembered me trying to learn “Billie Jean” on the piano, and who found my mother’s number and called to say how sorry they felt for Mengesha because they remembered that when I was 14, all I talked about was Michael Jackson.

So, he has been like a family member more than a Pop superstar. I even got into fights at school over him. I have been expelled from school from having a fight over Michael Jackson because people were saying mean things about him. I used wear Michael’s clothes, like the “Beat It” jacket and glitter socks, and I would get in fights because people would say he was weird. They would take me in the office, and tell me I could no longer wear Michael Jackson paraphernalia anymore because it was causing too much trouble. So Michael was like a family member, like an Uncle, and I was more than just a fan.

That’s how someone –out of the many- that met Michael Jackson when they were minors- talk about him. With love and respect. Next, “Mystro” talks about Michael’s legacy:

Valmai: What do you see as Michael’s greatest legacy and how does that inspire you as a musician and a person every day?

Mengesha: Just being innovated I think. He was not afraid to step out of the box as an entertainer and a musician, and he was a perfectionist. When it’s 100% right, it’s still not right for him. Michael was a Virgo and they are very cerebral; very mental.

The worst thing about perfection, and I understand it because of him, is that you are looking for perfection when there is none; when you don’t need it. Sometimes you overly try to perfect something when you should just leave it the way it is. For example, I don’t believe Michael would have wanted us to see This Is It, but there was perfection even in that. We got to see him make mistakes, we got to see him correct people; all of these things Michael would never have wanted us to see. Why? Because he is a perfectionist!

So perfection is the thing I see with Michael Jackson. Every little thing has to be where it needs to be. I mean, Michael reminds me of a Broadway musical. Everybody moves as one, everything is in line. All the musicians play a certain way, all of the dancer’s dance a certain way, the lighting has to be correct, the staging, the effects; everything has to be on cue. And that’s what Michael is to me; the epitome of a perfectionist. We don’t get to see that often; once in a lifetime.

Michael was a gift; he was not a mistake but a gift, for everybody. There are people that don’t really like him; it took for his death for them to understand how great he was as a musician and entertainer. Michael stood above all other music. I mean, you get 8 Grammy’s for one album, that’s unheard of. He’s in the Guinness Book of Records as being the greatest entertainer that ever lived! He raised the bar so high that we’ll never see that again in our lifetime. We’ll see great entertainers mind you, but not like Michael Jackson.

Valmai: I think quite a few people agree with you on that one.

Mengesha: Right, right. It’s a sad thing, but a good thing. It’s a good thing that he left a legacy so high; he’s like the eighth wonder of the world.

What I try to do in my piano performance is push the limit of a piano player doing Michael Jackson’s music. I’ve seen a lot of people play online that play wonderfully, and they’ve done wonderful tributes to Michael, but I just kept hearing him in my mind saying, play harder, give me more, play the arpeggio all the way up there, sit straighter…all these things were going through my mind as I was playing my piano tribute to him.

This is going to sound weird, but I remember playing “Earth Song” and I could have sworn I felt cold wind across my fingers. I don’t know where it came from, but I could feel a wind across my hands. I didn’t stop playing; I acted like I didn’t know, and I asked the engineer after the first cut if he had the air-conditioner on, and he said no.

Valmai: Do you believe that was Michael?

Mengesha: Yes, yes! I know what I felt. As soon as I started playing the first chord, it was as if someone was blowing down on my fingers because it tickled a little bit. It startled me, but I kept playing. I think it’s a good thing I felt Michael’s presence while I was playing because in my mind I was playing to him.

Valmai: A lot of people have had that experience; a spiritual connection with Michael.

Mengesha: Yes, I think his spirit is around all of us; those who are really his fans, in his corner and have been influenced by him. If he could come back he would be overwhelmed with all the tributes that have happened since his passing. He would be ecstatic about this, I really believe that.

Let me tell you another story. The night of the This Is It premiere, it was one of the windiest days that California has had in a long time. It was whirling back and forth, and as my friends and I are getting to the red carpet we see a whirlwind, like a tiny tornado that went all the way to the end of the red carpet. We looked at each other like we had literally seen a ghost. I mean this tiny tornado, maybe five feet tall, was just spinning and spinning all the way down the red carpet, and when it got to the end it just vanished.

Valmai: So, what are the odds, even though you can say it was so windy that it caused this tiny tornado, that it would form right there on the red carpet, travelling its length and then just disappear?

Mengesha: I know, I mean we stopped; we saw it. As a matter of fact, there was somebody else who was a Star right in front of us, and we all just stopped at looked at it. Everybody just looked at each other; we didn’t say anything, but it was like, what was that?

So his spirit is around us, and that’s a good thing. I believe Michael was sent here to Earth to entertain us, to bring us all together and bring awareness to healing the world, and to dazzle us with his dance moves; just to inspire everybody to be a better person. Like I said, I believe every fifty years God sends down an angel and I believe Michael was that. People all over the world loved Michael, and then of course the world tried so hard; the negative people tried so hard to tear him down.

I believe Michael was a loan from God; he didn’t give him to us, he loaned him to us, and when the loan was up it was time to take him back. I believe God said to Michael you don’t have to do This Is It, you’ve done enough already; your legacy is done. With This Is It, they just need to see the rehearsal. I mean God could have allowed him to live another day or week or two, to release one of the performances, and then that would have been the movie. But we have the making of it, and what is more better? That to me it is very powerful because we are seeing him natural.

All the years we have seen Michael, we didn’t know what it was like to be in the studio with him, now we know what it was like. When I watched that movie, I saw a whole different side to Michael I’ve never seen before.

Valmai: How do feel about becoming a VIP dot in Michael’s portrait on the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait?

Mengesha: Oh, very honored. When I first heard about the portrait, I immediately signed in to become a dot; the first day, so to be a VIP means a lot to me. To be amongst the ranks of all the people who were part of Michael’s life; the musician’s, the singers, the artists, being a part of that is just the greatest honor. I appreciate the fact that you guys selected me.

He describes how hard it was for him to compose the piano tribute to Michael, which is an amazing tribute by the way, and can be found here:

Originally in 2009, when Michael passed away, somewhere in my mind I thought I could do it two weeks or two months later, and that didn’t work. When I tried to do the performance I couldn’t play two notes of a song, and I thought, ‘Okay, well, you’re gonna have to wait.’ That’s when I created those Roller Coasters because I thought I gotta do something creative. I didn’t just want to mourn his death and not do something creative. I don’t think Michael would have wanted that. At the same I’m thinking it’s very sad, but Michael also wouldn’t want everyone to not move forward in their lives and so I thought, no, I gotta do something.

Valmai: Yes, I think everyone felt the same way. It was like everybody’s world came to a standstill for a long time.

Mengesha: Oh yeah. I very seldom talk about that day.  I’m still in shock. Its two years later and it feels like yesterday to me. I mourned the whole year, really, to be honest with you. Then I lost my Aunt too, a month before Michael, and my Uncle died in the earlier part of that year, which was devastating to me in itself.

Valmai: Yes, that’s a lot to handle at one time.

Mengesha: And I felt so sorry for Michael’s family and everything; I can only imagine. It was very tough.

The world Premiere of This Is It was tough to watch too, to be honest with you. I could barely sit in the seat and watch the whole thing for the first time. That’s why I did the video because I wanted to; I teach kids the piano all the time, I’m a music teacher as well, and I wanted them to understand his music. They know he can sing and dance, but I wanted them to understand some of the technique he uses, the melody lines, the bass lines in “Billie Jean.” Just his creative side. And that’s one of the main reasons I really wanted to do the video, to kind of educate the newer generation about Michael Jackson because our generation, well, we watched him as a kid, but there are ten and nine year-olds who really got more into Michael after his passing. One of my students told me, “Wow, now I see where Usher gets it.” I said, yeah, and Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and even some of the Hip Hop artists have been influenced by Michael Jackson.

The next interview comes from Jonathan Moffett for Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait magazine by Valmai Owens for Vol. 4 of Behind the Dream:

“I want the world to remember him”.

Jonathan Moffett  “has toured, performed and recorded with some of the best artists of our age. He is an accomplished musician, songwriter and producer with a career spanning 32 years. His unique and powerful drum technique has earned him respect and acclaim worldwide, but at heart he is humble, caring and spiritual, with a warm and funny sense of humor. I had the pleasure in talking to him recently in an exclusive in-depth interview about his career, and his professional and personal relationship with Michael Jackson”.

You can read the whole interview that was posted on March 2, 2011  here:

Valmai: Jonathan, you did your first major tour with the Jackson Family in 1979, and again in 1981, but the largest one was the Victory Tour in 1984. What was this experience like for you personally?

Jonathan: It was absolutely magnificent because at that time there had been no tours of that magnitude. They were attempting to do something unprecedented in music and concerts. It was the biggest tour ever been done. It was absolutely incredible; the size of the staging, the size of the production. They had theatrical creatures, it was like Broadway. The opening of the show meets rock in roll, pop music, and R&B music. They had a video in the front of the show; they had all kinds of things.

They really pulled together different elements on a massive scale because it was one of the few times artists played all stadiums, so every show was at a big stadium somewhere. The show was huge, even actually too big. We couldn’t bring it over to Europe for the same cost. It was too expensive to bring to Europe or anywhere overseas because it was the magnitude of the show, it was too big. It was too expensive. We wouldn’t make any money.

So, it was very exciting to do something on a scale that hadn’t been done before; to make history doing that tour. It was very exciting, and there were a lot of elements to it. The show was really great. New albums were promoting it; the Thriller album, Off the Wall album, and the big three album from The Jackson’s, so in that one tour we promoted three albums of all great music. It was really wonderful.

Moffett has worked with many artists and he recalled something about each artist that stood out to him. This is what he had to say about MJ:

Every time I saw Michael dance he would dazzle me with something I’d never seen him do before, and I always thought I’d seen everything he did. I’d watch him; I’d keep my eye on him and he’d do a spin longer than I thought was possible. He’d moonwalk faster and smoother sometimes than anytime I’d ever seen him or he was just like a machine, like Terminator, like some kind of unrealistic human being or robot, you know? I’ve seen him do some amazing, dazzling things.

He also talked about working with him:

Valmai: Jonathan, I’d like to ask you a few questions about Michael now. You worked with him for many years after he became a solo artist. What was it like to tour with him? Are there any experiences you are able to share perhaps, that were funny or poignant or that stand out above all the rest?

Jonathan: I have to say that working with Michael was amazing, absolutely amazing! That’s no overuse of the term and the word because he was such a genius; beyond the word genius a lot of times. Michael was a true genius. His gifts and his talents, his dancing and singing just denoted that he was a genius, you know? Everybody all over the world was in love with him. His sound and his moves, his image, his nature, I mean, he was just truly, truly gifted and blessed.

Working with him, and watching and learning from him, from a genius, lifts your abilities up, your vision, your view, your capabilities and possibilities. It was brilliant for me having the opportunity to work with Michael. I learned a tremendous amount from him; working with him on how to do things the right way, on perfection, on the meticulous, on dynamic’s and on being bigger than life. That was one term he always loved to use, “It’s gotta be bigger than life, and to make such an impression on people they will never forget it for the rest of their lives.” So working with Michael was just phenomenal.

To watch him dance at each concert was like me looking for a new planet; a new galaxy and discovering it because every time you think you know all of his moves, as I mentioned earlier, he does something that just dazzles you. And I’m back there; I’m supposed to be working, but I’m back there screaming and shouting, “Go Michael!” I’m like the fan on the other side of stage, but it was so amazing when he did something so totally, totally stunning. Every night I looked forward to that.

And his voice was just so remarkable and emotional and passionate, way beyond most people. There are very few singers who have such great passion and emotion, Stevie being one of them, but there’s a very, very limited amount of artists that can evoke such emotion. That, coupled with the dance, coupled with the imagery and his vision that he brings into concert, it’s just unparalleled. And the greatest of technology in his shows, his vision and creativity as you see in This Is It, how to put together a show and how to make things beyond belief so to speak, Michael had that. I learned a great deal from him and working with him was one of the greatest treasures. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and career to work with the absolute best in the world. It was just amazing. I learned a lot in putting together a show and performances and theatrics and stuff.

But, one of the special moments can be found on one DVD. I think it’s on You Tube. We were in Germany filming for a live broadcast, and during the middle of the show he’s talking a little bit in the middle of the stage between songs. This little bug comes on stage, a love bug or some kind beetle bug. It’s on the floor and he sees it. He gets so concerned about this little bug and says, “Wait, wait, wait, there’s a bug on stage.” And people started laughing. He said, “Security, Security…Come get the bug.”

So people started cracking up and laughing, but he wouldn’t let the show go on because he was afraid he was going to step on the bug. And people started clapping because he had that kind of concern. Something as simple as that, as caring and emotional as that was a great moment, and a glimpse into his life as to whom he was. He stops a big production, a big machine of a production to protect this little bug so it didn’t get hurt with the dancers all over the stage. So that was a very special moment I think; something as simple as that, but very dynamic that he would have that much concern for the smallest life was very special. That’s one thing that stood out in mind as part of the show. His performance speaks for itself, but outside the performance, it shows the human being that he was.

Valmai: Yes, and I’ve seen that video; I’ve seen it on You Tube.

Jonathan: Yeah, it was a magic moment.

On how Michael helped him and inspired him:

Valmai: Oh, yes, very. Jonathan do you feel that Michael helped you to become a better musician?

Jonathan: Of course, yes, absolutely! Working with and observing from behind, I had the best seat in the house. Observing from behind the greatness and magnitude of the performance, and watching how he delivers dynamics and excitement in his performance, you learn a lot in the process of putting a show together. Like on This Is It, everybody could see how he puts it together, and I’ve been in behind the scenes watching that for thirty years and learning from him. So now I have great confidence when I do my shows.

I’m doing tribute shows for Michael now and people really enjoy it. They feel like it’s a “Michael” show.  It’s a one man show; just me, slides and his voice and music from his tour and songs. A lot of comments were that they felt like it was a “Michael show.” I didn’t have all the big production. It’s just my giant, giant drum set, and I perform just like we were on tour, as if it was a concert with Michael. That and learning how to put together the right slide at the right time, right moments, and from working with Michael, made that show work. If I had the budget that Michael had, I feel that I could carry on the legacy and the tradition and the class that Michael foresaw because I learned a lot from him; watching how he does it and being around him.

Valmai: Michael was a master at synchronizing his dancers and musicians so that they flowed together in a seamless and perfect harmony. Can you give us a glimpse into his creative genius? Is there a story that you could tell us that we don’t already know?

Jonathan: Well, that question is a testimony and demonstration to how much he knows his music. To direct everybody, to know when something is missing, one single note in a chord, he knows it. He points it out, “Something’s wrong with that chord. What’s wrong with that chord? There’s a note missing.” Then he will actually hum the note; sing it out aloud, “daaaaaaaaa”…“Where’s that note? That note’s supposed to be there.” I’ve seen him time and time and time again do that. The same thing with the guitar parts. He’ll describe it; he knows that, he knows everything.

When we didn’t have percussions, we’d have the percussion parts in the computer that we would play to, and if a certain rhythm or pattern, (we had so many rhythms and patterns overlapping each other) if a certain element wasn’t there, he felt it. He feels everything, and his emotions tell him there’s something missing. He’ll think about this and he knows exactly what part is not there, what rhythm is not happening that doesn’t make the machine run smoothly. It’s like an engine. If one of the valves is out it stutters, it splutters you know, and he can feel that it’s not running smoothly. Michael knows all his music like that, and when all the valves are timed and running right and firing properly, Michael knows when it’s right because he feels it emotionally. He has the knowledge of how the music was put together. So I think that’s remarkable and it really answers that question. His band is so tight because he knows when something is missing.

We do all the homework and learn it; we’re supposed to learn it and come to rehearsal. That’s what we are getting paid for, and I make sure, that’s why Michael likes me there because he knows I do that with no excuses. He just trusts me totally because I have the same mentality. It’s got to be perfect, it’s got to be right, it’s got to be what the artist wants because that’s what I am getting paid to do. He never checked me once to make it right for him so he can get his best show. I gotta get my best show just so he can get his best show. He’s counting on me, and the whole show is counting on me. How can I let them down? I can’t. That’s my mentality, there’s no way.

So he trusts that everybody will be that way, and that’s why he hires you; the people that are capable of delivering that. If you’re with him on stage or in rehearsals, it’s because he trusts that you’re on the same level for focus and concentration and desire to be your best. Now sometimes some people fall short, you know, get a little lazy or don’t learn anything right or don’t perform it right, that’s when, like in the movie, he got on the keyboard player. He was the Music Director and Michael had to kind of teach him again. So sometimes that happens unfortunately, but for the most part we all get there and we do what we’re supposed to do. Michael refines it. He’s the chef so he’s putting more seasoning in here and there, “Change this and change that. Play that with maybe a little more attitude right here.” He refines it and mixes all the ingredients together. It’s a recipe, and he makes sure it’s a good dish to serve to the public so that they enjoy the meal of music.

Valmai: But I think that was part of his genius. With Michael, he just seemed to know everything about every element of the music. And like you said, he felt it inside. I think that’s what set him apart from a lot of other artists.

Jonathan: Everything is emotion; everything is emotion and feelings. You know, to see things with emotions is just like having a different vision; an emotional vision. I’m that way so that’s why I understand him. I’m exactly that way. I can work with him with ease and it’s easy for me. He and I are cut from the same cloth. He knew it and I know it, so you know, I just thought there was a magic between us. It was something that he felt that’s why he wanted me there. I feel fortunate and blessed to have been able to function on that level and to please somebody like him. I’m all about wanting to please the person and make them want me back, and that second gig and the call backs are more important than the first one. The first one you’re trying to prove to yourself. The second one is proving that you did prove yourself and they want you. So they mean more than the first time you work with somebody.

Valmai: And you were very, very blessed. You really were.

Jonathan: I know, I know. I don’t take it for granted. I will always cherish it and I’m very grateful.

Valmai: Jonathan, people speak of an energy around Michael; a light. Did you ever feel that?

Jonathan: All the time, every time I am around him. That’s why you know you are in the presence of greatness. That’s why you know you’re in the presence of somebody special. Just count the number of fans and people and the multitude that love him around the world. He’s one man loved by… CNN said that over one billion people mourned Michael from all the remote areas of the world, as well as all the known areas. What other human being can draw that much sympathy and that much hurt from their loss. Michael had something special, a radiance, and when you were in his presence the whole room changed.

People would say, “Michael’s coming,” and everybody got nervous. As soon as you had the vision of him, even just knowing he was coming, you felt something, like a tingle happening. Just to watch him walk through the door, it’s like all the molecules in the air stop and you can pinch them with your finger; pick them up. It’s like you could see the smallest speck; you could see the molecules in the air when Michael walked in the room. He changed them; the molecular structure of the air. And that’s the equation of what happens when Michael enters, and everybody in the room felt it and knew it. Then their attitudes and personalities would change. They would perk up their attention, but they would always say, “There’s something with him. When he came in I got nervous. I felt something!” And I would hear that over and over again and I would say, “I know, I know. I’ve been feeling it for thirty years.”

And he was just so pleasant; just something with his imagery. Everybody radiates from a different frequency, and Michael had the highest level of energy I think without being from another world. His gift and his humanity of spirit were just so powerful and great and deep. He was a different human being from most of us; from all of us. He did affect everybody that came around him, from leaders of the world to normal folk, from children to people, grandmothers. Every single person that’s been around him said they felt something, that I remember seeing or talking to.

And that’s why people cry. People absolutely cry. I would sit on stage and watch them pass bodies, like back in the medieval days when people died of the plague. You would see them lift bodies, arms dangling and legs, heads swinging, and there was like an ocean of people with their arms up passing bodies to the front, to the gate. There would be a line-up there of emergency vehicles… five, ten of them lined up. There were stretchers and triages back there. One by one, people were passing them forward; sometimes a multitude of bodies moving across the crowd being passed to the rescue people. They would give them smelling salts and try to revive them. Some people were just totally gone, unconscious, you know, like totally no life in them, and that’s just from being in that stadium with Michael. I just got to just sit back there and marvel at it. It was just the most powerful thing to see, and that’s just from that one man in the center of the stage. He made even men pass out; women and men. That’s a power and Michael knew it. He knew he was gifted with something special, a purpose; uniting the world and uniting people.

Valmai: In the movie This Is It, you talk of Michael being a gift of God, sent to teach us to love; how to love and how to be. What did you learn from him that you remember every day now?

Jonathan: That every body’s a human being. Beyond the classification and categories, we are a human race. Michael treated everyone the same no matter what race, religion, and creed. You would see him all over the world on television; with all nations, all people, friends, foe’s, enemies alike, he was always the same. He didn’t stop his love of people or children especially. He would go to one of our worst enemies, the Nation, and he would love the children there and visit them at the hospitals.

And these are some of the kids that might grow up and decide to attack America, or whoever. Michael didn’t see that. He saw the child, the human being, the blessing of life from God. He would give them the gift of money and might even buy a kidney for the same people out of his hard earned money, and he wouldn’t think anything at all about it.

Whatever it cost; buying machinery for the hospitals all over the world, people have benefited from Michael’s gift of life, from the machines that keep these people alive at the hospitals. The kidney for a child, the transplants that Michael paid for out of his own pocket and asking for nothing, most people didn’t know about it until after he passed away or how much he really did. He asked for no publicity. He wasn’t in the newspaper. A foreign newspaper the next day didn’t credit him. That was one of his criteria; nobody knew. He didn’t want it to get publicity because he did it out of his heart.

People (detractors actually) say Michael was broke (far from truth) and he was in debt for 300-400 million, but now it’s come out that Michael was one of the greatest, if not the greatest philanthropist that ever lived, and he had given away over 300 something million dollars of his own money he worked for. If he had that 300 something million dollars, I guess he wouldn’t be broke would he? No, I doubt it.

Valmai: No, he wouldn’t.

Jonathan: It’s the same amount as what they say he was in debt for. Out of his kindness and generosity and love for people that he didn’t even know and that didn’t really know him, he gave away to help, and then of course he had money problems?

I’m that way; I was raised that way too. I see the transparency; people might as well have skin I can see through because I see the heart, the spirit. That’s another way Michael and I were related also. We recognize the same things in each other. We both love children. They’re the closest we will ever get to God, especially in a newborn infant. That’s the closest we will get to seeing God and being with God. So Michael was the same way; we related to each other in that way. We knew without even speaking of it. We knew we had like minds that recognized one another without even saying the words.

One of the things I learned is that I’m doing the right thing. I’m living the right way by being open-spirited. Michael proved that it does work, that it can work and it can make a difference. It can bring a multitude of people together because he did it. He proved it unselfishly. So I learned it’s possible because Michael proved it.

Valmai: Do you think Michael used his music as a way to get his message out there?

Jonathan: Of course. It’s evident in his music and songs; a lot of his songs. I mean, he made some shake your booty music too, but a lot of his important music is his message music, and people appreciated it in such a way they didn’t feel like they were being preached too. They wanted to hear it; the music about concern, about love and togetherness. A lot of times people shun away from that music because we feel like we’re being preached too, like we’re at church. We don’t want to hear that. Michael had such a way and such a nature that people wanted to hear it and loved hearing it. It didn’t sound like a sermon or preaching. They were curious and they wanted to become that; they wanted to see that vision he put forth.

He was a prophet in a way you know, in his music; a modern day prophet. Like I said, he was sent by God to enlighten, much like the prophets of old times. A lot of people don’t recognize it because he’s different in that he’s an entertainer, and he was sent in that form of being an entertainer, so a lot of people overlooked the prophecy he was teaching. His teachings of love and concern; you can hear about his concern with “Earth Song,” and other songs he preached concern for the planet and people, for humanity, for one another. I think he’s a wonderful human being. I think he’s a lesson for everybody to learn and model after in that light; the light of concern and caring for one another. Sure would be a better world if everybody did.

Valmai: I know, it would, wouldn’t it? That’s why I think it’s so important to continue the legacy that he left for us.

Jonathan: Exactly! I agree.

Valmai: What do you want a generation 100 years from now to know about Michael?

Jonathan: That he was a man of power; of positive power that brought people together in the time that he lived. He brought people from all walks of life, all Nationalities and like I said, friends and foes alike. He was healing in the spirit because he healed a lot of people with his music and with his spirit. Being in his presence when he visited the hospitals, the children would be miraculously healed, I was told. Michael should be remembered for being one of the most positive human and unselfish human beings that ever lived. He just happened to be a singer and dancer too.

And here is a recent article about Michael Jackson evidently different from the usual trash:

How Did Michael Jackson Effect the Pop Industry?

The Late Star and the Legacy Left Behind

By Shaun Jarmen, Yahoo! Contributor Network

March 9, 2011

Motown founder Berry Gordy mentioned that Michael Jackson was not a performer who came around every few years. He was a performer who came only once in a lifetime. That sums up the effect

Michael Jackson has had on the musical industry throughout his career.

To truly understand the effects of Michael Jackson, remember the last ten years of his life.

There has been a lot written about the Jackson over the years. Some of them were complimentary. Most of them were pure attempts at character assassination. Many have labeled derogatory remarks about Jackson while several others in the media no longer hold him as a “hot” property in the musical industry.

Sony Music Studios was reportedly ready to drop Jackson from the label. His personal life was in a mess. The performer’s finances was in shambles. His core assets, Neverland Ranch and ATV Music Publishing were leveraged to a hilt. Jackson was several hundred million dollars in debt. Many in the musical industry had labeled him “the forgotten man” . Jackson was considered by many on the decline. It seemed for many years that the pop star was just another celebrity who was washed up and finished. He may have been the greatest pop star in history to have blown away his fortune and fame with his eccentric behavior.

The media may have been harsh on Jackson but the public still adored him. The first and clearest example was the sale of tickets for his comeback tour, This Is It. It was sold all within hours. Nearly a million fans had bought tickets to the show. This was despite the fact that Jackson had not performed live for more than a decade. Music does not have racial boundaries and is timeless. Despite the obvious flaws, Jackson was missed by his fans. This was demonstrated by the sold out concerts of his O2 London leg.

To understand the legacy of Michael Jackson is to understand his work.

Much has been written about his albums. In particular the most popular album that is regarded as the biggest selling album of all time was Jackson’s Thriller. The sales of that album depends on who gives you the statistics but what few knew was that Jackson very nearly did not want to release it. The pop star was on the verge of cancelling the whole album because the initial recording was horrible. However Jackson, guided by Quincy Jones persevered and worked on the album again. The final work is a masterful album that appeals across several genres. Much acclaim has been given to the songs on this album. However few knew the effort and inspiration that drove Michael Jackson. One of the album’s best known songs, “Billie Jean” was written in an hour and was mixed 91 times by Bruce Swedien. The final work remains a classic on the dance floor to this day.

The rest of the albums have been written and reviewed countless times over the years. Many have tried to simplify what his music meant. Some have tried to copy his dance steps. However the effect of Michael Jackson
on the industry is seen everywhere. His accomplishments had made him the unofficial King Of Pop.

To explain what Michael Jackson
meant to many is to understand that he was the last global megastar. He had saved the musical industry in the early eighties from its sales slump .By 1980, he had secured the highest royalty rate in the music industry. This was unheard of for someone who was only 22. By 1991, Michael Jackson signed one of the biggest music contracts with Sony records. It remains to this day one of the biggest contracts signed by any musical artiste. Probably the only time anyone came close to breaking those numbers was Jackson himself when in death, his estate sealed one of the biggest deals with Sony record for $ 250 million dollars in 2010.

Jackson was a visionary when it came to his music videos. It was his highest art form that inspired many to copy his moves and style .The pop star was known for legendary work ethic and attention to detail when it came to his career. Several producers admired and jumped at the chance to work with him. This was highly evident during his History and Invincible albums.

It has been said that Jackson was someone who had an aura about him. If that was true, then the pop star was definitely magical because the tours he performed were all the highest grossing tours of all time. Jackson’s legacy is seen in the movements and styles of the artiste of the generation today. All of them speak highly of him. Some like Beyonce Knowles have copied his work ethic and his philanthropic efforts.

The pop star was also a warning to others about the pitfalls of celebrity. His death was mourned by millions. But it will the trial of his doctor Dr Conrad Murray that will help his fans better understand the last few years of this icon’s life.

Jackson was the last musical icon. He left them behind a legacy of good music and groundbreaking music videos. Jackson had once mentioned that he wanted his life to be the greatest show on Earth. For the longest time in his career, he was truly the only show worth watching for any music fan.

In life as well as in death, Michael Jackson’s music and career was the Greatest Show On Earth.

Michael Jackson’s name was always linked to genius, legendary achievements, guiness records, mass hysteria, innovative projects, tours that were always part of the evening news, love, philanthropy. Michael Jackson’s name was always linked to greatness. He is known as the man who changed the history of music.

58 Comments leave one →
  1. chantalmikki permalink
    March 15, 2011 4:59 pm

    Michael Jackson’s name will also be linked to Love, L.O.V.E. These interviews are really great ones, thank you so much for sharing.


  2. March 15, 2011 5:26 pm

    @chantalmikki thanks, I made an update:)


  3. March 15, 2011 6:52 pm

    Michael Jackson is the greatest inspiration to me not only because he was a creative genius but his heart was so pure, and he was so light filled that he continued to forgive and to create no matter how much the media tried to convince the world otherwise. Those with raised levels of consciousness understand who he was. His purpose on this planet was to enlighten us with his music. To believe what the media force fed us without taking any amount of time to read about who he was is a shame. I truly believe that MJ saw with his heart because he was a light worker. He had a great purpose; to shine light into the darkened corners of humanity. Although he is no longer physically here with us; his spirit lives on through his music and the love he gave us. Love transforms and heals and Michael knew that. Part of the universal grieving is the loss of feeling his ability to love; which was the core of who he was.


  4. Jill permalink
    March 15, 2011 10:34 pm

    What a wonderful interview.

    I’ve loved Michael since 2001, but didn’t become a fan till 2008. He taught me so much about life, about love, about helping people and healing the planet, making it a better place through love. His music inspired me, he really helped me through so much.
    He also meant so much to me personally. He was there for me when others wouldn’t listen, he was there through his music, interviews, videos, and him being alive in the world. I always thought I’d get the chance to meet him, but I do feel like I knew him though. He made me feel so alive everyday, and I miss him so very much. I miss knowing he’s here.
    His beautiful children and wonderful family have my prayers day and night, God Bless them so much.

    I also just wanted to say Thank You for having this blog to tell the public about the real Michael and his innocence, God bless you.
    It brings tears to my eyes because now so many people are learning the truth about Michael, the truth about what he had to go through. It just hurts that people couldn’t realize that when he was alive, he deserved so much better than how he was treated. He was totally abused by those wicked people and the media. And I hope God has his vengeance on them all.


  5. March 15, 2011 10:47 pm

    Thetis, we got a little distracted by all those splotches, but I wanted to thank you for the great interviews you provided us with. They are absolutely exceptional in quality – besides the interesting stories they tell they are remarkable in giving Michael his real due:

    “he’s like the eighth wonder of the world”.

    “his spirit is around us, and that’s a good thing. I believe Michael was sent here to Earth to entertain us, to bring us all together and bring awareness to healing the world, and to dazzle us with his dance moves; just to inspire everybody to be a better person”.

    “you could see the molecules in the air when Michael walked in the room. He changed them; the molecular structure of the air. And that’s the equation of what happens when Michael enters, and everybody in the room felt it and knew it”.

    “He was a different human being from most of us; from all of us. He did affect everybody that came around him, from leaders of the world to normal folk, from children to people, grandmothers. Every single person that’s been around him said they felt something, that I remember seeing or talking to”.

    “Michael treated everyone the same no matter what race, religion, and creed. You would see him all over the world on television; with all nations, all people, friends, foe’s, enemies alike, he was always the same.”

    “We both love children. They’re the closest we will ever get to God, especially in a newborn infant. That’s the closest we will get to seeing God and being with God.”

    “He was a prophet in a way you know, in his music; a modern day prophet. Like I said, he was sent by God to enlighten, much like the prophets of old times. A lot of people don’t recognize it because he’s different in that he’s an entertainer, and he was sent in that form of being an entertainer, so a lot of people overlooked the prophecy he was teaching. His teachings of love and concern; you can hear about his concern with “Earth Song,” and other songs he preached concern for the planet and people, for humanity, for one another.”

    “I think he’s a wonderful human being. I think he’s a lesson for everybody to learn and model after in that light; the light of concern and caring for one another. Sure would be a better world if everybody did.”

    “That he was a man of power; of positive power that brought people together in the time that he lived. He brought people from all walks of life, all Nationalities and like I said, friends and foes alike. He was healing in the spirit because he healed a lot of people with his music and with his spirit. Being in his presence when he visited the hospitals, the children would be miraculously healed, I was told. Michael should be remembered for being one of the most positive human and unselfish human beings that ever lived. He just happened to be a singer and dancer too.”

    They speak of him as if he were alive… Everyone, please read those interviews – you won’t regret it.

    Thetis, thank you so much again!
    P.S. We must think of a way to introduce Michael’s name into the title, so that search machines pick up these wonderful interviews if people look up Michael’s name.


  6. March 15, 2011 11:11 pm

    Helena, thanks:) That’s the problem. During the last years people got “destracted”. Many people forgot who Michael was, is and always will be. Others don’t know anything about him, only the allegations. Wrong. There was oficially Jackson mania for decades prior to the allegations and I am glad I lived in that era. Making the post was pretty emotional for me, it brought back many memories. The man was huge and he even got his legend award in the early 1990’s. It’s not only time to vindicate the last legend we had, but it’s also time to celebrate him again. While doing the usual research, we should not forget who Michael is and why the whole world always knew his name.

    “Thetis, we got a little distracted by all those splotches”
    That’s what the allegations are in Michael’s legacy. A splotch. Nothing more than that. The usual story of a legend bigger than life that a banch of nobodies tried to bring down.

    Do you know how to do that thing for the google results? Is it tagging?


  7. March 16, 2011 12:53 am

    Was great to read those interviews again. Thanks Thetis7. Btw, to help this show up in google, just use tags and put Michael’s name in the article title. Eg., “I want the world to remember Michael Jackson”


  8. lcpledwards permalink
    March 16, 2011 1:06 am

    I changed the name and added it to several categories, and added several tags as well.


  9. March 16, 2011 1:25 am

    David thank you:)


  10. Dialdancer permalink
    March 16, 2011 3:48 am

    Thank you.

    Thank you for reminding us why we do this. You can become so involved that you forget this is not just a cause it is about Michael; about what he gave, who he was and what we lost.


  11. Suzy permalink
    March 16, 2011 4:28 am


    Thank you. It’s a wonderful article. I remember Michael mania well too. It was magic! Michael really brought magic in my childhood and I will always be grateful to him for that. When I look at today’s popular music I feel sorry for today’s kids. There’s no magic and wonderment at all. It was great to grow up in the 80s and early 90s and with Michael!


  12. March 16, 2011 4:36 am

    Great post as always, vindicatmj team.

    Off topic, but I’ve been trying to nominate you guys for the best forum or website

    Last month ‘Reflections on the Dance’ won, the month before it was ‘’ I thought it would be wonderful if vindicatemj made it 3 in a row.

    I’m sure that most if not all of your readers would feel as I do. Problem is, I get an error message when I try and nominate you:

    “The website either does not exist or it is filtered. If you are certain the address is valid please contact us on Twitter @VoteWall or Facebook”

    I’ve tried contacting them on Facebook…

    Anyone got any suggestions?


  13. March 16, 2011 4:39 am

    I know I made a spelling mistake in my last comment but I copied and pasted the link to your site when I tried to nominate you, so that isn’t the problem!


  14. March 16, 2011 7:13 am

    “It’s not only time to vindicate the last legend we had, but it’s also time to celebrate him again. While doing the usual research, we should not forget who Michael is and why the whole world always knew his name”.

    Thetis, absolutely! Over here we are restoring the whole truth about Michael Jackson – a genius in music and dance, a very big heart and definitely a messenger of light to the world. Our job and the job of all honest people worldwide is to take layers of dirt off his name – one after another – until he shines again in all his brilliance.

    The only word I wouldn’t want to be associated with Michael is the word “mania” mentioned here. Mania is adoration without thinking which is surely not our case. We’ve done our research and know we are defending a completely innocent man. And it isn’t turning into a mania at all – it is rather a warm feeling of knowing that this phenomenal man is your beloved brother and understanding the responsibility and the big honor of standing by his side and sort of representing him.

    I personally can’t even believe that I am honored that much!


  15. March 16, 2011 7:28 am

    “I’ve been trying to nominate you guys for the best forum or website”

    Karen, thank you so much! It would help to spread the facts of Michael’s innocence in the web – which is crucial for our job! The more people know these facts the better it is. Taking this opportunity let me ask all of you to pass over these facts to your friends, colleagues and others, especially if they are doubters – so that the general public learns the truth.

    ““The website either does not exist or it is filtered. If you are certain the address is valid please contact us on Twitter @VoteWall or Facebook””

    It is the first time I hear we don’t exist or are being filtered. What does that mean? Are we being filtered because someone considers us spam? Does anyone know how to get rid of this malady?

    P.S. I have a FB account though I seldom go there for lack of time. Could this malfunction arise because recently Windows in my computer crashed, and restoration of the system also meant reestablishing the link between the blog and FB? Sorry if these are silly questions (I am really very backward when it comes to computer things).


  16. Suzy permalink
    March 16, 2011 8:52 am

    @ Helena

    “Mania” wasn’t meant to describe this website but the phenomenon surrounding him before 1993. And it was meant as positive.

    (Of course there was mania around him after that too and up until his death, but the media and much of the public turned against him and things often became ugly, as we know. Before that it was mainly positive, focused on his art, which was great and magical times. It’s hard to explain if you haven’t been a part of it.)


  17. March 16, 2011 9:38 am

    “Mania” wasn’t meant to describe this website but the phenomenon surrounding him before 1993. And it was meant as positive.”

    Suzy, I know and did mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. I know that there was a mania for Michael in the past in the positive meaning of this word, but for some reason wouldn’t want to see another ‘mania’ for him now.

    Probably the English word carries a slightly different meaning than the Russian one, but what I’d prefer to see firstly, is a new huge success for him as a musician – with every radio station playing his music, TV showing his videos and people dancing to them, and secondly, a new huge appreciation for him as a human being where people listen to his lyrics and message too!

    It is like taking his image to a higher level of appreciation – where love, respect, awe and the desire to follow him and be like him are the dominant features.

    If you prefer to call it mania, it is okay with me. I would probably look for another word but it really doesn’t matter.

    What does matter is that the world should wake up to the understanding that Michael was innocent, was crucified for nothing and that there should be a way to make up for all the wrongs done to him, or otherwise we won’t be forgiven.

    P.S. The video you’ve posted is just about making that change. I wish Diane Dimond and the like looked in the mirror at themselves…….


  18. March 16, 2011 10:25 am

    “I just wanted to say Thank You for having this blog to tell the public about the real Michael and his innocence, God bless you.’

    @Jill and all other readers who are thanking us – you make me a little embarrassed as I never know what to say in reply. I want to thank you in return for coming to this blog and would wish to ask you to spread the word about Michael’s innocence further. If you give links to our respective posts we will highly appreciate that too.

    The authors of this blog are just a small team of researchers – a kind of a research lab – who do not have time and opportunity to talk to the general public and spread information about the new facts of Michael’s innocence we’ve found. So please relate these facts to everyone you talk to as our goal is to make them known not only to Michael’s fans but to the general public.

    Our readers should be Michael’s vindicators too and form a new wave of the vindication process.

    This work is very much needed now, on the eve of Dr. Murray’s trial, when there will be an awakening of public interest in Michael’s personality. His detractors will take this opportunity to refresh their old lies about him and supplement it with a huge pile of new ones.

    We should be a barrier to that or at least provide an alternative source of information for the public.

    So each reader’s effort is needed now!


  19. March 16, 2011 12:15 pm

    Helena the word “mania” has nothing to do with the site. 2 words you could hear in the 80’s and 90’s before anything was introduced in news and specials regarding Michael. They were Jacksonmania and Michaelmania. These words are linked to Michael’s popularity before a banch of losers decided to bring him down. The words are part of his history and phrases like “The planet is officially under Jackson mania” are something that unfortunately many people never had the chance to hear for various reasons. His name was absolutely linked to the word and we are talking about the legend not the man. We used to celebrate Michael in a way that we will never see again for anyone. And I wanted to bring those memories back.

    Both glad and sad they remembered the term after June 25th

    Here is another one from 1984. One of the many

    Suzy I am so glad you still remember those days:)


  20. March 16, 2011 1:52 pm

    “the word “mania” has nothing to do with the site. 2 words you could hear in the 80′s and 90′s before anything was introduced in news and specials regarding Michael. They were Jacksonmania and Michaelmania’.

    Thetis, oh, I see. I didn’t know that.


  21. March 16, 2011 10:34 pm

    That’s a great interview. I also love this one from Bob Good in 2003:

    York Daily record
    Jackson a ‘best friend’ to Dover man


    Thursday, December 4, 2003

    Dave Castaldi had a Michael Jackson story.
    Bob Good says his is even better.

    No, it’s not what you think.

    Dave Castaldi and Bob Good were among the York Sunday News paperboys
    who earned a trip to Disney World in 1979. While there, they met

    But their stories are different. Dave was more of an acquaintance of
    Jackson. Bob was a friend. After all, Bob did return to Disney World
    with Jackson.

    No, it’s not what you think.

    Bob, now a 36-year-old machine operator from Dover, said when he first
    met Jackson at the hotel in Orlando during the Sunday News trip, he
    didn’t know who he was. It was 1979, and Jackson, while a famous
    person, wasn’t the massive celebrity he has become.

    Bob was 11 years old, and Jackson was about 21. They played video games
    in a hotel arcade together. No bodyguards or entourage. Just him and
    the yet-to-be-coronated King of Pop.

    Jackson later said that it was one of the best times he ever had, just
    playing video games without worrying about bodyguards or hangers-on,
    according to Bob.

    They were walking through the lobby, and the D.J. in the hotel bar was
    playing a song off Jackson’s “Off the Wall” record. Jackson started
    singing along.

    Good thought his new friend sounded pretty good. In fact, he said, he
    sounded just like the record. Then, it dawned on him.

    “You’re him,” he said to his new friend.

    Yes, he was.

    Jackson got Bob’s phone number and promised to keep in touch. Bob
    remembers paging through Jackson’s phone book to write his number
    down. His number resided among those of Quincy Jones and Diana Ross.

    Bob thought he’d never hear from Jackson again.

    But Jackson kept in touch. He’d call now and then. He’d send albums
    and other gifts. Once, he called and asked Bob whether he had seen the
    “Making of Thriller” TV show. Bob said he had, and Jackson asked
    whether he’d like to have a videotape of it. Bob said his family
    didn’t have a VCR, those devices being fairly new and fairly expensive
    back then. A few days later, the Goods had a VCR.

    When Bob was 14, Jackson called and asked whether he wanted to go to
    Disney World. He said sure, and they went. They rode speedboats around
    a lake and took a hot-air balloon ride. Bob met Jackson’s sister,
    Janet. His parents didn’t have a problem with it. They thought it was
    pretty neat, Bob said.

    He has pictures of the trip, which, along with other photos of him and
    Jackson, now adorn the wall in Bob’s rec room.

    Later that year, shortly after he returned to York from Disney World,
    Bob was hit by a car and broke his leg. Jackson didn’t know, and when
    he called Bob’s house, Bob’s mother told him her son was in the
    hospital. Jackson called every day, Bob said. He offered to send the
    best doctors in the world if Bob should develop any complications. Bob
    was afraid, and he appreciated that.

    Jackson also told him a gift would be waiting when he got home.

    And there was, an arcade game called Phoenix, the same game he and
    Jackson played in Florida when they first met. There was a story about
    it, and his friendship with Jackson, in the Sunday News.

    Jackson called him, perhaps, hundreds of times, Bob said. He’d call
    right before going on stage. He’d call to invite him to shows.

    In 1987, Bob was in the Army, stationed in Germany. He saw Jackson was
    playing nearby and went to see him. He convinced the security guard to
    tell Jackson that Bob Good was there, and a few minutes later, he was
    escorted to Jackson’s dressing room. The security guard pushed German
    Chancellor Helmut Kohl out of the way to take Bob to see Jackson.

    In the early ’90s, they lost touch. The last time he saw Jackson was
    at a show in Philly, where he had a photo taken of him with Jackson
    and Bruce Springsteen.

    And then, the allegations about Jackson surfaced, that Bob’s friend
    from his childhood was a pedophile.

    Bob doesn’t believe a word of it. He has e-mailed Jackson’s attorney
    to offer himself as a character witness. He doesn’t believe the
    Michael Jackson he knew would do something like what’s being described
    almost daily on Court TV and CNN and the rest.

    “He has childlike qualities,” Bob said, “that’s no crime.”

    He said the allegations probably arose because Jackson likes kids, and
    he has a lot of money. His accusers, he believes, are in it for the

    “Michael Jackson was one of the best friends I ever had,” said Bob,
    who works at Graham Packaging and lives in Dover with his wife and two
    step-kids. “He’s the greatest person I’ve ever met.”

    And that includes Helmut Kohl.

    It really makes me well up sometimes when I think about how so many people who DID know him stood by him. Jordie, Francia, Gavin, Bob Jones, Stacy Brown, The Neverland 5… those are the minority. An overwhelming minority. Universally the people who met and knew him always regarded him as one of the nicest people they’d ever met and defended him.

    Even when Brooke Shields seemed to distance herself from him after 1993 – she still released a statement in 1993 and in 2003 defending him. She also took part in a deposition in 1994 for him and she wore his ring then too. Debbie refused to turn against him on the stand. Liz Taylor was his loudest and most vocal defender in 1993-1994, and was responsible for Cochran (I know, not a good thing but she thought it was a good thing) and was the one who took him to rehab, and she again defended him vocally in 2003-2005 but refused to give any statements because she was so angry at the press.

    It’s just the same thing over and over and over again. I just can’t believe the negative stories are allowed to be the loudest. It’s so unjust.

    I remember Diane Dimond actually used the “fact” that Michael’s friends – “Liz Taylor, Brooke, Liza Minnelli” didn’t defend him in 1993 and 2003-2005 as proof of his guilt. Of course she had to say that, when it’s very easy to find each of their quotations and statements defending him.


  22. March 16, 2011 10:56 pm

    This fall will see books by Frank Cascio, Jermaine, Toya…

    Then people like Frank Dileo, Teddy Riley, and Steve Manning have all said they’re writing books and David Gest had a documentary about MJ he worked on last summer but couldn’t release in the states because of copyright.

    Not one of these people is going to trash talk Mike and all of them will be sharing stories that will be consistent with what fans have been saying about Michael for years.

    They’re also gonna talk about how real Michael was (especially the two Frank’s, Steve Manning and Gest). So for the people who have an idea about Mike being some soft-headed too-scared-of-women and-lived-in-a-cocoon mentally-regressed-ten-year-old life, they’re gonna be in for shock….


  23. March 16, 2011 11:28 pm

    @rockforeveron I have read this interview and I liked it too. As for Dimond, she was living in another planet, as usual, because the statements by those 3 made headlines and were on tv at the time.


  24. Suzy permalink
    March 17, 2011 7:14 am

    Great article, rockonforever! Thank you!


  25. Maral permalink
    March 18, 2011 5:04 pm

    I remember Diane Dimond actually used the “fact” that Michael’s friends – “Liz Taylor, Brooke, Liza Minnelli” didn’t defend him in 1993 and 2003-2005 as proof of his guilt.

    well, then she must have been deaf and blind because Liz T AND Liz M defended him on tv


  26. okunuga permalink
    March 18, 2011 7:13 pm

    Personnaly I think michael is like the modern day JOB of the bible that God blessed and was proud of until the devil asked God to test his faith by giving him problems of sickness like lupus and vitiligo and other challenges like the accusations but through it all you never heard him complain and say WHY ME,until finally God just said enough is enough you can come on home now my son to me your work on earth is done you deserve to rest now i`m very please with you.


  27. March 18, 2011 9:07 pm

    Mohamed Al Fayed wants the world to remember Michael Jackson so:

    Fulham plan statue for singer Michael Jackson

    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    Fulham are to erect a commemorative statue of late American singer Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage at the behest of club chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.

    Al Fayed was a close friend of Jackson – referred to as “The King of Pop” – who died in Los Angeles in June 2009.

    The statue will be unveiled on Sunday, 3 April, before Fulham’s home Premier League game against Blackpool.

    “I hope many fans of his will visit the statue from far and wide,” Al Fayed told Fulham’s official website.

    “And I hope that Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world amongst them, the finest fans in the world.”

    The statue, depicting Jackson in one of his most iconic poses, will stand on the banks of the River Thames, adjacent to the stadium’s Riverside and Hammersmith stands.

    Al Fayed had initially planned on placing the statue outside Harrods, but following his sale of the Knightsbridge landmark store in May last year, switched the site to Craven Cottage.

    Jackson visited Craven Cottage on April 10th 1999 as a guest of Al Fayed to see their 2-0 victory over Wigan in League Two.

    The singer also visited Exeter City in June 2002 as a guest of celebrity spoon-bender Uri Geller, who was a director of the Grecians at the time.

    Jackson was later made an honorary chairman of the Devon club.

    “Michael Jackson was truly a legend, a term used too often in this modern world saturated in the hyperbole surrounding celebrity,” added Al Fayed.

    “He was my friend, a man with whom I shared many happy memories and who died a tragic and untimely death.

    “He left behind a legacy of music so vast it takes one’s breath away; from a precocious talent to an ingenuity and groundbreaking modernity that shall never be repeated.

    “It shall often be imitated, but it will never be replicated.

    “Michael Jackson was, and shall always remain, one of a kind.”

    Jackson is recognised as one of the world’s most successful recording artists, whose contribution to music, dance and fashion made him a hugely recognised global figure.

    In a career spanning four decades he has sold an estimated 750m records worldwide, with 13 number ones in the United States and seven chart-toppers in the UK.

    His album “Thriller” has the distinction of being the biggest selling of all time worldwide, with more than 70m copies sold.

    Then the media had to write something of course so..:

    Could a Michael Jackson statue inspire Fulham? Nah, probably not (well, Fulham players say YES)

    March 16, 2011

    Michael Jackson, a sometimes-controversial singer with virtually no connection to the sport of soccer, is to have a statue erected in his honor outside the grounds of Craven Cottage, the home stadium of the English Premier League soccer club Fulham.

    Mohamed Fayed, the wealthy Egyptian who owns Fulham and a lot more, has decided that Michael Jackson deserves some measure of immortality alongside the River Thames and, according to a report in Wednesday’s Guardian newspaper, has opted for a statue, set to be unveiled April 3.

    “Michael Jackson was truly a legend, a term used too often in this modern world saturated in the hyperbole surrounding celebrity,” said Fayed, who then went on to employ more than a little hyperbole himself.

    “He was my friend, a man with whom I shared many happy memories and who died a tragic and untimely death,” he said. “He left behind a legacy of music so vast it takes one’s breath away, from a precocious talent to an ingenuity and groundbreaking modernity that shall never be repeated.

    “It shall often be imitated, but it will never be replicated. Michael Jackson was, and shall always remain, one of a kind. I hope that many fans of his will visit the statue at the Cottage from far and wide and that Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world, in and amongst them, the finest fans in the world.”

    Well, OK then. But one wonders what Fulham soccer greats of the past — a player such as Johnny Haynes, for instance — would make of all this fuss. Well, at least the pigeons will appreciate it.

    They are such idiots that they had to write something

    BUT the players shut the media up:

    We don’t think it’s off the wall to put up statue of Jackson

    by Dickson Etuhu (player)

    March 18 2011

    When I first heard that we were erecting a statue to Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage I thought he must have been a famous former Fulham player!

    Once I realised it was for the music legend I just thought “wow”.

    To people outside our club it may seem an unusual thing to do but those of us who know and love our chairman, Mohamed Fayed, are not at all surprised.

    The players were talking about it at training yesterday, yet all thought the tribute summed him up perfectly.

    Our chairman is an eccentric character yet that is what makes him unique. He knew Jackson, who came to watch us play, very well so putting a statue up for a genius is a fitting tribute.

    Everyone loves Jackson and we all have our own favourite song. Mine is Smooth Criminal and anytime I hear it, it is impossible not to start tapping my feet.

    The chairman has made this club what it is and whenever any of us has a problem he has always been there for us.

    He gave us more encouraging words before the win over Blackburn a fortnight ago and will be with us again at Everton tomorrow.

    He showed another example of his generosity this week when all our wives received a bouquet of flowers to thank them for their support of the club. It left me with a warm feeling because it is great to know that we are part of such a close team.

    One thing we do miss, though, is our Harrods discount – when he owned the store we used to get a generous 43 per cent off!

    I was in there this week because my two-year-old son, Zaccai, wants a dog.

    Now he is only small, so we can’t buy him anything large but I am over six feet tall so can you imagine me walking a terrier?

    Zaccai just loves dogs . . . so I guess we will get one for him in the end. I used to have two Staffordshire/Mastiff cross breeds but gave them away when he was born.

    A raging dog springs to mind when I think about my last match at Everton.

    I have not played at Goodison Park on Fulham’s last two visits as I was rested. The last time I played there was when I was at Sunderland and we lost 7-1. Roy Keane was in charge and was in the scariest mood I have ever seen a manager after a game.

    We won’t be on the end of a similar scoreline tomorrow now that we are getting back to full strength. Thankfully, I am fit for selection after straining my hamstring again near the end of the victory over Blackburn. I played the full 90 minutes and was shocked to find out two days later that I had aggravated the problem I first picked up in the game against Stoke.

    We have not had a game for two weeks, though, because of the FA Cup and that has been my saviour.

    The physios have been working hard with me for the past 10 days and I felt strong again when I trained yesterday.

    So, with a bit of luck we’ll collect another three points at Everton . . . and it would be fitting if the match was a Thriller!


  28. AnnieDomino permalink
    March 19, 2011 2:19 pm

    I know this is off-topic – but the more I think about it the more I put Cochran into the “enemies of Michael” category. I have read conflicting accounts of how he got onto the defence team in ’93. Would love to know the real deal there. My feeling is that his lifelong friend Larry Feldman and he orchestrated his entry onto Michael’s team. I can think of many ways for that to happen. Once Cochran was on board he convinced Michael to settle. And if Carl Douglas got a flashy new car out of the whole sorry mess – imagine what Cochran’s payday was. I am re-reading JRT’s 2003 edition of his book. And what really frustrates me is that all these “writers” with all the time and money they have at their disposal are really bloody useless at finding out anything interesting. Imagine if one of Michael’s fans had what JRT and Halperin and company have – access, time and money. What a truly authentic account of Michael’s being we could produce. If you read JRT’s account of Michael’s marriage with LMP for example it is clearly entirely her version of events – and an attempt to rescue her bruised ego. Same old same old picture of “immature” Michael not knowing how to have an adult relationship. The Rabbi’s tapes give us Michael’s version and completely turns that story around. I am looking forward to Gest’s documentary as well as the two Frank’s books. I am into the truth about MJ – and I don’t believe that he was an emotionally arrested 10 year old or a perfect Angel. I LOVE Gest’s stories about Michael in his late teens, early twenties. It shows someone with a sense of humour, adventure and fun. NOTHING like how JRT, Todd Gold or that creep Christopher Andersen portray that time in MJ’s life. And these verbatim convos from 20 years ago that JRT presents. C’mon!! I was also re-reading the Chandler’s version of what went down in ’93.How truly ridiculous. If you believe June and Evan, they were “confronting” Michael about the “nature of his relationship” with Jordy every other day. How many times do you ask a man if he is having a sexual relationship with your child? I would think a maximum of once. And then you stop the relationship at once. No need to ruin people’s lives, but no need to take the risk either. Or alternatively the man – in this case the world’s biggest star with a helluva lot to lose – would get the hell out of the situation immediately. Their story is just ridiculous.


  29. Maral permalink
    March 19, 2011 7:59 pm

    “How many times do you ask a man if he is having a sexual relationship with your child? I would think a maximum of once. And then you stop the relationship at once. No need to ruin people’s lives, but no need to take the risk either. Or alternatively the man – in this case the world’s biggest star with a helluva lot to lose – would get the hell out of the situation immediately. Their story is just ridiculous.”

    i would take my child away ASAP. BUT june traveled around the world with him. and as i understand she defended MJ at the start…… and if it was me i’d go straight to the police the second jordan confessed as evan claimed.

    secondly, they all claim MJ was this well operated pedo who planed and schemed and knew exactly what he was doing like that so called alarm in his bedroom so that he could be “warned”. but that doesn’t add up with these accusers claims. if he was such a cleaver pedo he would run the second chandlers started to suspect something. he would not hold gavens hand on tv. he would not openly allow children in his room and frankly i think he would sneak him in one by one. but jordan as i remember say others, like barns were in his room too. correct me if i’m wrong.


  30. AnnieDomino permalink
    March 20, 2011 2:54 pm

    @Maral. I know June initially sided with Mike. And her lawyer at the time (Michael Freeman I think is the name) has repeatedly gone on record as saying that he thought that Evan was lying and wanted money. I think that everything that June said in her deposition (or whatever it was) was retro-fitted to gel with Evan’s narrative and hold on to her parental rights. I think Evan and Dave (who was $4million in debt, remember) explained the facts of financial life to her. Told her that no way was Mike going to sail off into the sunset with June Chandler from the block and that the only way to get out of this situation with some of her ego intact ,custody of her child and money was to turn on Michael. Again JRT disappoints. I remember him saying at the trial that he was touched by her testimony. I read the transcripts and she was just a joke. Forgot anything relevant to the case, at some point referred to “Jordy’s family” filing a lawsuit, but remembered accurately the gifts Michael gave her. Aphrodite Jones thought her a gold-digger, as did Wade Robson’s mom. Correct me if I am wrong – but Michael was never deposed in the Chandler matter. All we have on record is what the Chandler’s had to say. Tom Mez once said that when you cross examine a witness you must use your questions to tell your story. The only source we have for Michael’s version of events are the questions he asked June Chandler. Where the hell was Tom Mez in 1993! What a different outcome we would have had.


  31. Carm permalink
    April 3, 2011 11:34 pm

    Here is an interesting and uplifting article about one of Michael’s friends who was willing to ignore criticism and do the right thing regarding the unveiling of a statue in Michael’s honour. Mohamed Al Fayed told angry fans of the football club he owned to “go to hell” if they didn’t approve. Beautiful.


  32. Dialdancer permalink
    April 5, 2011 5:10 am

    I wonder if that ceramic piece done of Michael & Prince in the improperly labeled event
    ” dangling baby” was a type of retaliation for Mohamed Al Fayed refusal to cancel his plans or just something done by The Premises Studio as a controversial attention grabbing piece.


  33. April 13, 2011 10:40 am

    Hundreds of school students dance to Michael Jackson

    By Keen Zhang, April 13, 2011

    A primary school in China has given up gymnastics in favor of mass performances of Michael Jackson dance routines.

    More than 700 students assemble every day in the playgrounds of Duping primary school in a remote corner of south west China for the jaw-dropping performances.

    They dance to Jackson’s hit Dangerous and imitate the routines from Jackson’s classic performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1995.

    “We used to do gymnastics but the students said they wanted something more modern, so one of the teachers suggested this,” Headmaster Wan Lu, 36, explained, “It’s fun and also very good exercise for them. They do other routines but this one is their favorite.”

    Photos of the performances surfaced on the Internet around a week ago. But a full length video released yesterday quickly went viral.

    Many internet users, including famous film director Jia Zhangke, twittered on, Sina’s microblogging site, to express support for the school’s creative approach. But some bloggers wondered whether some of Jackson’s more suggestive moves were suitable for children, and others worried the kids were being used as part of a publicity stunt.

    The mass performances are believed to have been inspired by previous internet footage of prisoners in the Philippines performing Jackson’s dance routine from Thriller.


  34. Carm permalink
    May 7, 2011 8:54 pm

    Be sure to listen to the Rev. Catherine Gross interview with Joe Vogel, author of “Man in the Music: the Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson” due out in the fall. The program will take place on Fri. May 13 on Blogtalkradio. (You can listen to it later If you miss it Friday.)


  35. May 16, 2011 5:51 pm

    Guys almost every week there are news regarding people paying tribute to MJ. They are all over the place. This is another one:

    Band, orchestra students offer musical spring fling
    May 15, 2011

    WORTHINGTON — Literally hundreds of District 518 student instrumentalists are set to entertain at spring finale concerts this week.

    First on deck is the “String Extravaganza,” with 173 orchestra students (fourth- through 12-graders) performing at 7 p.m. tonight at the Worthington High School (WHS) gymnasium.

    Tuesday night welcomes the “Band Bash,” another multi-school effort, with the nearly 300 band members (fifth- through 12th-graders) set to swing at 7 p.m., also at the WHS gymnasium.

    Both concerts are free and open to the public

    The 50 WMS sixth-grade band students, under the direction of Mike Andersen, will groove to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

    “The theme for our part of the concert is a sort of Michael Jackson/Motown tribute,” revealed Andersen. “The combined seventh/eighth grade band, with about 80 kids, will play ‘My Girl’ and ‘Thriller.’

    “For them, this is old music, but they’ve really liked it, maybe because Michael Jackson’s music is still fresh enough that everyone remembers him.”


  36. Suzy permalink
    May 16, 2011 6:28 pm

    Also in the news:

    Kevin-Prince Boateng Keeps His Michael Jackson Promise – Video
    May 15, 2011 | 0 Comments and 2 Reactions

    AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng kept his Michael Jackson promise to fans during last night’s title celebrations.

    The Ghana international midfielder promised the Rossoneri he would ‘moonwalk’ if they finished title winners and last night, he kept his word.

    Everyone was waiting for the moment that Boateng had pledged a few weeks ago – that he would do Jackson’s Moonwalk dance on the San Siro pitch.

    The lights went out and a spotlight picked out the Ghana international on a special podium, dressed in full Jackson outfit of sparkly black jacket, black trousers, white t-shirt and fedora hat placed over his face.

    Boateng did a full dance routine as ‘Billy Jean’ played in the stadium, including Moonwalk and final twirl to throw his hat into the crowd.


  37. May 16, 2011 8:03 pm

    The 50 WMS sixth-grade band students, under the direction of Mike Andersen, will groove to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
    “For them, this is old music, but they’ve really liked it, maybe because Michael Jackson’s music is still fresh enough that everyone remembers him.”

    Thetis, this is very encouraging news! Each time I hear of Michael’s music being performed more often I visualize the sour faces of Diane Dimond and Tom Sneddon who have to live with the sound of Michael’s music getting stronger each day. It reminds me of criminals who get increasingly haunted by the images of their victims.


  38. lcpledwards permalink
    June 1, 2011 5:30 am

    Hey guys, earlier tonight Paris Hilton and her mother Kathy were guests on Piers Morgan, and they both discussed MJ in a very positive way! Here is an excerpt:

    MORGAN: Back with the Hiltons. Kathy, this is fascinating. A lot of people claim to have known Michael Jackson. You actually went to high school with Michael Jackson. And you stayed close friends with him right until the end of his life.

    And you’ve never really spoken about him much in public, not that I can see. Tell me about your relationship with him.

    K. HILTON: We met when I was 13 and he was 14 and developed a friendship and a bond throughout the years. And we always kept in touch. And then when I moved to New York and he would come, and we’d always go to his concerts. And, you know, we started with — we used to make prank phone calls together. And we were little kids.

    We had a really great time. And then he came and visited when Paris was born. And then he ended up living at the —

    MORGAN: He was there when Paris was first brought into this world. K. HILTON: She was just a few months old.

    MORGAN: Really?

    K. HILTON: He ended up moving into the Waldorf for six months when we were living there for eight years. And right before he died, he was at the Bel Air Hotel, where we were living while we were renovating our home. So he was there about three or four months.

    So we got to spend, you know, great time.

    MORGAN: We talk about misconceptions with Paris. What were the misconceptions about Michael, do you think?

    K. HILTON: Well, there was not a kinder, more generous, loving, sweet, smart, smart — I can’t — the most wonderful father. At the Bel Air, he did not have any nanny at all. And when I’d go to pick up the kids to take them somewhere, he’d be brushing their hair and buttoning up the sweater and just so warm and wonderful.

    And I just — I love him. His whole family, they’re a really wonderful, beautiful family.

    MORGAN: Where were you when you heard he died?

    K. HILTON: I had just come back to the hotel.

    MORGAN: How did you hear the news?

    P. HILTON: My assistant told me. And I literally fell on the floor. And my sister came and picked me up and we went directly to the house, because I thought the children would be there.

    MORGAN: Did you go to the hospital when you —

    K. HILTON: Yes.

    MORGAN: What was the scene there?

    K. HILTON: The children and Mrs. Jackson and all the brothers and sisters and just everybody was in this room. And just crying and hugging each other and just in a daze.

    And this is a father that was so with his children. He’s dedicated since they were born to raising and being with them. And then Latoya and Randy took me in to say good-bye.

    I think if I hadn’t, I would never quite in my head believe. Because even though he’s a friend, he was such a powerful person.

    MORGAN: Was he still alive when you —

    K. HILTON: No.

    MORGAN: Did you say anything?

    K. HILTON: Yes.

    MORGAN: What did you say?

    K. HILTON: I rubbed his head and his arms and his legs and his feet and I just — I told him I love him so much and, you know, whispered some funny things to him, and that was it.

    MORGAN: Incredibly sad end to his life, wasn’t it?

    K. HILTON: And he was so fabulous at the hotel. Up early every morning, playing with the kids. Really shocking.

    MORGAN: Paris, did you know Michael well?

    P. HILTON: Yeah, I grew up — just my mom — I remember — one of the first memories I have of him was when my mom took us to the music video set of “Thriller.” And we have the pictures still. I just always loved him. I used to go to his concerts and he’d bring my sister and I on stage and we’d sing up there.

    I just always loved him so much. He was such an amazing man.


  39. June 1, 2011 7:57 am

    I had came across Mrs. Hilton’s & Paris Hilton’s interview transcript earlier via tweet. Its just amazing how when you hear from people that actually knew Michael has a person, spent real time with him and had the opportunity to see him has a dad. Every time its a polar opposite of the man they personally knew to the caricature the medialoid created and built a cottage industry out of attacking this man.

    Piers had twitted the video link of Mrs. Hilton speaking about Michael:


  40. Suzy permalink
    June 1, 2011 10:08 am

    Wonderful. Thanks, David!


  41. June 1, 2011 4:56 pm

    Hey guys, earlier tonight Paris Hilton and her mother Kathy were guests on Piers Morgan, and they both discussed MJ in a very positive way! Here is an excerpt:

    David, you can’t read Kathy Hilton’s interview about Michael without tears. What she is saying is something we’ve been long waiting for. All of us are grateful to her for her appreciation of Michael and her desire to say good bye to him and stay with his family that day – but the memories themselves are so sad, especially when you remember that it shouldn’t have happened at all.

    Here is the interview:


  42. Suzy permalink
    June 1, 2011 5:11 pm

    This is the same interview as what Helena posted but it continues a bit after that one ends:


  43. July 16, 2011 11:04 am

    I just viewed this, found it on another site. There are people who saw Michael clearer that had never met him, and was neither Fan nor Foe. Thanks Yana Girl


  44. August 6, 2011 8:48 pm

    I don’t tell this story too often, in fact growing up I kinda learned to just keep it to myself.
    Whenever people would find out I knew him, a gang of silly, dumb questions would follow, and I would always end up having to defend someone I loved so much.

    When I was 5, my cousin Brian and I where OBSESSED with Micheal Jackson. We had dolls, sleeping bags, lunch boxes, and OF COURSE the gloves. I was pretty convinced I was goin to be him when I grew up, and nobody could tell me otherwise! Brian was older then me, and found out at school MJ actually lived in the Valley, we lived in. Anyone from LA pretty much knew the house. So we wrote him letters and enclosed a bunch of pics, you remember the ones from school you’d write on the bk, yeah well, lucky Micheal got about 25 of me!! Basically we told him we LOVED him & I told him I was a singer and dancer!!! We also asked him to come to our house & visit!! Our loca tia Carol (RIP) took us to his house and we rang the gaurd gate. His gaurd came out to us & took our letters. WE WERE SOOOOOOO HAPPY, we KNEW he would get em!! I honestly can say we were just happy enough to see his gate & meet his gaurd NEVER did we really expect what happened next.

    About 4 days later, at 10:30 pm, my mom got the call from Carol, Michael Jackson was HERE, in our APT building, on her couch. I was 5 & anybody who knows a 5 year old also knows that it’s damn near impossible to wake em up!! The pic you see of us is him holding me, cause I wouldn’t wake up, he insisted my parents take da pic so I would truly know he came!! A few days later I was going into the hospital for sugery & he called me. I couldn’t BELIEVE I was talking to Micheal Jackson & that he actually had my number!! Over the next few years he would invite Brian & I to his house, to watch him shot his videos & to his shows.

    It’s weird, when I was lil, I didn’t really grasp FAME, especially his FAME. All I knew was he was my friend & I think thats why he liked me. My friendship with him changed my life. It was a HUGE influence, it made me believe having a singer career was in arms reach. My neighborhood didn’t support BIG DREAMS but his freindship gave me confidence & assurance that ANYTHING & EVERYTHING is possible, if you work hard & aren’t scared to try. His generousity & kindness inspires me daily. Here was the biggest super star in the world taking time out to come to a broken down apt building in Van Nuys CA to see his fans. He was ALWAYS about his fans & his community, and I really always knew that if I got my chance I would strive to be just like that!!

    Even as a tiny lil girl I could see his saddness & his lonely. It was a part of him, I think his childhood, fame & money alienated him from most of the world. Thats why he loved US cause we didnt care about the BS!! We just had fun!! He was so goofy & silly, we would jump on his trampoline and raid his candy shop.
    Micheal was like Edward Scissorhands & Willy Wonka to me, SOOOOO AMAZING in the HEART but so misunderstood by most! I love him always for touching my life & showing me a different world then the one I grew up in.
    I hope those babies of his really grow up understanding that they did have the best daddy in the world. His heart & sprirt are what made him the GREATEST and so RARE.

    Oneday I’ll post more pics, and tell ya specific stories!! All the good things ya heard about him were ALL TRUE!! I promise!!


  45. August 6, 2011 9:12 pm


    Wow great find that’s a beautiful memory from LaLa Romero.


  46. August 6, 2011 11:02 pm

    The picture she posted was lovely too.

    Here’s another story I found:

    Hannah Elizabeth Alexander
    Apr 15, 2011 4:56pm

    I knew Michael Jackson. I met him through the Make-A-Wish Foundation when I was eleven years old. My nine year old sister had leukemia which she died from. During the year she was sick we spent many weekends at his Neverland ranch. Sometimes he was there, sometimes he was not. We were always extremely disappointed when he wasn’t at home. Especially my sister who liked to cuddle up next to him whenever she could and my mother, who thought he was a saint. He sent flowers to Sarah’s funeral, small white roses in a pink vase, and a handwritten note which my mother still has.


  47. August 7, 2011 4:28 am

    Thoughtful and well selected post Olga. Here are more who remember the true Michael.

    From the Tavis Smiley show, aired on June 29th, 2009, guests Michael Eric Dyson and Cornell West, two of the most preeminent black social commentators in America today eloquently discuss Michael’s musical and artistic legacy.

    {courtesy of David)


  48. julie permalink
    August 7, 2011 5:10 am

    I hate to make something negative out of a positive regarding Cornel West, but…

    In all of my research on Michael, I came across an episode of Bill Maher’s show (who I can’t stand) and his guests were Cornell West, Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin and Maher was talking about the conversation Michael had on air with Jesse Jackson during the trial. In that conversation (which is awesome by the way and it will make you love Michael all the more), Jesse asked Michael where he was getting his strength from to handle the trial (which was going on at the time). Michael began to talk about Jack Johnson who was a boxer that was persecuted because he didn’t adhere to social standards (dated white women, etc. and was an extremely wealthy and successful black man and I think was made an example out of with the Mann Act) and further said that he (Michael) gained strength from Johnson’s story of persecution as well as Mohammed Ali and Nelson Mandela’s stories of persecution. Michael was not comparing himself or his situation to those people, but their struggle because let’s face it — in my opinion race does play a factor in what happened to Michael Jackson.

    In any event, Maher brought the subject up and asked Jesse Jackson if what Michael said upset him because he was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and Jesse defended Michael and stated that the way the Santa Barbara DA and police department stormed Neverland with 70 armed guards, etc. was excessive and that Michael felt he was being persecuted. Jesse Jackson made the excellent point that people love Jack Johnson, Mohammed Ali and Nelson Mandela today, but there was a time when that wasn’t the case. Maher was very respectful toward Jesse Jackson and then the discussion went to the panel and this is where is got sickening. Maher said that anyone else could throw in the race card, but not Michael Jackson and even made some disrespectful remarks about Kobe Bryant.

    Cornel West about had a meltdown that Michael would even consider himself in the same group and made a snide remark about Neverland to which everyone laughed and then Alec Baldwin stepped in and made some comment about Michael living an alternative lifestyle (to which Cornel West and others laughed) and that Michael deserved what was happening to him because basically Michael was being stupid and shouldn’t have allowed himself to be in that position (I’m paraphrasing here). Whoopi attempted to defend Michael, but it was a lame attempt at best.

    So in going with what Jesse Jackson said about the 3 black men who lived through persecution and are now beloved, isn’t this the same thing that has happened to Michael by some people.

    I’m glad that Mr. West spoke well of Michael after Michael’s death, but how wonderful it would have been had he and others embraced Michael when Michael really needed it during that trial.


  49. lynande51 permalink
    August 7, 2011 6:43 am

    That is interesting information Julie and a great comment Deb. Yes I agree that with some people that race was the factor. With a lot of them it was greed. But the root cause of the greed or racism was something far worse. Those people that seemed to get personal satisfaction from his pain. There is a word for that you know. It is evil. I don’t mean it in a theological sense but the moral one.
    The strange thing is that it affected so many and still does today. I don’t want to believe that it is true. I mean is it possible that many people are really like that?


  50. ares permalink
    August 7, 2011 7:04 am

    @ julie

    I have seen that video. It was really embarrassing seeing the same man,Cornel West, who before MJ died made those remarks, after Mike’s death praise him on that show. I guess that mr. West didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have his face on a camera, even if that meant that he had to praise a man for whom he didn’t have the best opinion.


  51. DeborahFfrench permalink
    August 7, 2011 10:54 am

    Not having seen the Maher show, I will look out for it and watch it. If that’s correct about West’s reaction regarding Michael’s place in the civil rights journey and his right to allege police brutality/abuse — then that’s disappointing to say the least.

    Plenty underwent a complete about turn in opinion on Michael purely because that was the way the wind was blowing after his death — perhaps West did too. If so, he wasn’t paying attention.

    But I did like the retrospective on Smiley’s progam though, and if West’s change of heart was/is genuine, it’s good he used that platform to speak positively.


  52. Suzy permalink
    August 7, 2011 11:12 am

    @ Julie

    “Michael was not comparing himself or his situation to those people, but their struggle because let’s face it — in my opinion race does play a factor in what happened to Michael Jackson.”

    I agree.

    And then you have to listen to stuff like this:

    ” Maher said that anyone else could throw in the race card, but not Michael Jackson”

    So racism played a factor in what happened to him, yet he is not even allowed to say that.

    How sad.


  53. August 9, 2011 7:42 pm

    On August 8, 2011, Michael’s three children, their grandmother Katherine and Latoya, donated 13 pieces of art in Michael Jackson’s name to LA’S Children’s Hospital.

    and also:

    Not only did a lot of media physically attend this event, but also media around the world was fairly healthy too. Gradually with time and — it seems — the willing participation of Michael’s children, America and the rest of the world is learning new ways of seeing, thinking about and acknowledging Michael Jackson and the things he cared about.

    What began with the words at the memorial, to the Gardner Street School signage being revealed, to the statues around the world, various tributes, the childrens’ choirs that sing Michael’s music, and now Unicef’s incredible initiative to specifically invoke Michael Jackson’s name in the effort for Somalia’s famine — a kind of revisioning is perhaps gathering momentum.

    Who knows where and what these beginnings will lead to?


  54. January 23, 2012 9:24 pm

    Michael Jackson’s old school launches music lab with his name
    January 23, 2012

    The elementary school where Michael Jackson once roamed the halls could be the alma mater of the next king or queen of pop.

    Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood, where Michael Jackson attended sixth grade, will kick off its Michael Jackson Music Education Lab with an open house Monday for students and parents.

    The lab will feature a new curriculum and interactive music education program created to teach students how to read music, play piano and compose and arrange music.

    The MusIQ program and its lab will incorporate personal computers and M-Audio MIDI keyboards into its curriculum. The lab was built with donations from parents and local community organizations and businesses.


  55. January 23, 2012 10:40 pm

    The lab will feature a new curriculum and interactive music education program created to teach students how to read music, play piano and compose and arrange music. The MusIQ program and its lab will incorporate personal computers and M-Audio MIDI keyboards into its curriculum. The lab was built with donations from parents and local community organizations and businesses.

    Bit by bit, but things are going in the right direction!


  56. sanemjfan permalink
    February 4, 2012 7:19 pm

    Here is a 1 hour podcast interview with both Frank Cascio and Joe Vogel!

    In that podcast, Vogel mentioned how “tribalistic”some fans are, and an admin at the MJTP forum wrote an amazing analysis of Vogel’s statement: She listed the four types of fans, and I certainly know which category I belong in! The “Reality” category!

    Anyone who knows me should be aware of my stance on bullying in the fan community. I have written about it, commented on it and tweeted it. Of course nothing has changed; no amount of words seems to sink in or hit a nerve with those who engage in these tactics. It continues, and so does my abhorrence of it.

    In the early days following Michael’s death, I began to notice that many people were taking it upon themselves to decide who was a “real” fan and who wasn’t based on longevity and age. New, young fans joining the MJTP site were being shot down in flames for even daring to call themselves a fan. How could they possible know or understand who Michael was? They were too young, they hadn’t be there since day one or through Michael’s allegations and trial, how could they appreciate his music or understand his genius, how could they be a “real” fan? Instead of welcoming arms, these new fans were met with derision and shameful condemnation and many disappeared from view. Now we see the rising of another trend, the “true” fan syndrome.

    In a recent podcast we did with Joe Vogel and Frank Cascio, Joe made a comment that gave me a great deal of pause for thought. He said that Michael Jackson fans, in many ways, were very tribalistic. I have been pondering this for several days now, and in light of recent tweets, blog posts and messages on Facebook I have read, I have come to accept that he is right in what he says.

    Now, before anyone takes the meaning of tribalistic out of context, let me give you the definition of the word straight from the dictionary: tribalistic: noun. tribal organization, culture, loyalty, etc. a strong sense of identifying with and being loyal to one’s tribe, group, etc. See? It is clearly not meant as an insult, but it is clear in its definition of the fan community at present.

    There has been a slow but obvious shift from the early days when Michael passed, when fans united all over the world to mourn together his passing. There were signs that a global community would arise from the tragedy and unite to carry out and continue Michael’s hope for a better world, from the many interactions and messages of love and support between fan groups and individuals. However, these sentiments have been replaced or rather displaced, as the community divides and forms individual tribes with their own particular focus. And these tribes often work against each other, as opposed to working together.

    A friend, who shall remain unnamed, hit the nail on the head when she gave titles to the main tribes/groups that have the loudest voice in the community: The Reality, The Lovey-Dovey, The Conflict At All Costs, and The Negativity Always. Whether you like it or not, whether you’re offended or not, all of us fall into one of these categories in some capacity. But really, this shouldn’t be a bad thing if all tribes were willing to come to an agreement and work for a common purpose, but as it stands now, the only hope of that happening is if the United Nations steps in and forces a peace agreement between the warring parties. Ridiculousness at its best, shameful at its worst.

    How can positive change and expansion occur in this situation? Better yet, does anyone really give a damn about change and expansion? While we fight with each other over Immortal, the Estate, Frank Cascio’s book, the Michael album, while we accuse people of not being loyal to Michael because they don’t boycott all of the above and anything that looks as if it’s tied to AEG, Branca and Sony, while we accuse people of not being “true” fans because they don’t share our belief’s, while we question people’s allegiance and intelligence, while we stomp on and beat people down because they dare to say they support something we don’t, demean them, berate them, insult them, undervalue them, vilify them, and put the fear of God into them for offering their opinions, we are doing the same thing to Michael’s legacy, and therefore to the man himself. Why? Because it’s our legacy too; it’s in our hands bequeathed to us and to his family by him. We are it, and all I can say at the moment is heaven help it, because the hands it’s laying in are shaky at the best.

    Of course, length of time can often give one a misplaced feeling of ownership and entitlement, but here is a reality check. No one, and I mean no one, has exclusive rights or ownership of Michael Jackson. Just because you have been a fan for all your life or most of it, just because your website is the largest or most popular or the longest running, just because you have a multitude of followers, a loud voice in the community or believe in what you believe in, doesn’t make you any more important than the fan standing next to you with a quiet voice, a scattering of followers and their own opinions and beliefs. No one here has the right to judge or condemn another, and certainly no one has the right to decide who is a “real” or “true” fan. For those who have appointed themselves these roles, you are danger of being labeled also.

    It’s a very heavy and vitally important responsibility that has been placed upon us; yet, it is in danger of not reaching its fullest potential. What a tragedy that would be. We have the collective power, if we use it and use it wisely, to bring about the change that is so desperately needed and that Michael himself worked toward and believed in, but instead, we waste that power by pouring our energy into the antithesis of what his vision was.

    We all may have a different area of focus in the community, but they are all important to the whole, and at the very center of everything we do, should be Michael’s vision to make the world a better place. It is really the only one, true thing we can be sure of. He spoke of it often, and the message is there in his music, undeniable and strong. Anything else we presume to think, what he may have thought or wanted or how he felt are merely that, presumptions. The only person, who knew Michael inside and out, was Michael himself.

    The biggest stumbling block to change is lack of hope; the biggest stumbling block in securing hope is apathy, and the greatest enemy of apathy is vision. We have the vision, Michael’s vision, now just what are we going to do with it?


  57. vulcan permalink
    July 19, 2015 8:50 am

    Regarding the idiots on the Maher panel.

    They apparently missed the most in-your-face racism the Anglo-American media ever managed to produced in the 20the century. It was so in plain sight that Maher, West. etc. didn’t even notice that it was racism.

    In 1985 a WHITE British rag started to call MJ Jacko. No coincidence that it started in 1985.
    By that time MJ became the first black person in history who made white people FAINT!
    In case you didn’t know Jack Johnson was called Jackie by the white press during his persecution. Diminishing blacks by diminishing their name was a common weapon of racist whites. The whole idea of calling black men “boys” is coming from that “logic”. You are less than a man. You are just a boy. You are not Jack you are just a Jackie. You are not Jackson. You are just a Jacko.

    And if that wasn’t enough Jacco Macacco was a MONKEY in 19th century Britain, they used it to fight dogs!
    So the white Anglo-American press calls the most prominent African-American on the planet a monkey for decades and that has nothing to do with racism???

    Imagine if Obama or Oprah were called a monkey in headline after headline after headline? Would Cornel West be outraged?

    MJ was asked where he got his strength during those horrible times and he mentioned blacks who were unjustly persecuted and survived. That doesn’t have to mean that their story was the same as his. If you are in trouble you may be looking at people who were in an even bigger trouble.

    MJ was close pal with Mandela. He knew his story in and out. He knew how he felt about his persecution. None of the people on the panel knew him as much as MJ did.

    Moreover, what happened to MJ was in a way ever worse than what happened to Mandela. At least Mandela survived his ordeal and lived a long life after that.
    MJ was killed by that trial everyone could see it on verdict day. They completely broke him.
    Being accused of a terrorism is bad enough. But Mandela indeed did some violent acts. But MJ didn’t molest anyone. Being falsely accused of THAT is worse than what Mandela was accused of. And you don’t recover from it. Especially not someone as fragile and sensitive as MJ was.

    This conversation between him and Anjelica Huston one month before he died:

    Did you see him recently?
    “After Captain Eo we have rarely met … But, ironically, I saw him about a month ago, by chance, in the study of our dermatologist, Arnie Klein. We hugged and we were locked in a study room and chatted for a couple of hours. We talked about how he had felt humiliated by the accusation of sexual abuse. And the sorrow for the loss of Neverland, where he had lived for many years. ”

    What did he say?
    “I remember his words: ‘They ruined my dream. I had this dream, perhaps childish and foolish, a place designed to celebrate the innocence of childhood I never had, and they took it. I love children, I could never harm them. I spent all my life to love them and try to do good things for them. The stigma that I harmed children, breaks my heart. It’s an unbearable pain, the accusations are so unjust and terrible …’. As he said these things he began to cry. I shook his arms. … He was so skinny and frail ”

    Did he speak about future projects?

    “He told me he was preparing for a concert in London… One thing I can say he was in so much pain over the past and a lot of anxiety and uncertainty over the future. ”

    What do you think really killed Michael Jackson?

    “Michael had a broken heart. That’s why he is dead. Of course, with an autopsy we will wonder how many things, drugs and so on. But the truth is that his heart was broken.


  58. appleh permalink
    July 19, 2015 10:08 am

    When a fan, who runs a website for MJ (forgot, which one) contacted a tabloid via email about this horrible name and gave them information about the origin, they flatout denied that this is a racist name totally ignoring it´s history and insist that it is only a nickname !!! That is the problem with all racist, they always deny they that it is racist, what they say. In the end they have the audacity to define what is racism and what is not !!!


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