Life in the Slow Lane

March 5, 2009

King of Pop not going quietly

Filed under: Music — pauljlane @ 3:28 pm

I will vehemently defend a person’s right to make a livelihood (provided what they’re doing isn’t illegal or morally

Photo by The Associated Press

Photo by The Associated Press

disgusting), but Michael Jackson’s announcement Thursday that he’s performing a series of summer shows in London feels like that awful sensation you get in your stomach when you realize the car’s lost control on an icy road and you’re about to crash.

Jackson said the shows, to take place in July, will be his final performances, hasn’t performed a major live show in eight years and hasn’t released a studio album in the same time frame (remastered tracks and new additions were made, however, to last year’s re-release of “Thriller”).

The man makes Mr. Burns look healthy, and you mean to tell me he’s fit to perform major concerts? He probably can’t even mr-burnsopen the lid on his garbage can, yet alone endure 2 1/2 hours of high-energy performing anymore.

And this comes from a Jackson fan (ignoring his many legal problems and quirky behavior, which can understandably turn may people off). His music remains relevant two and three decades later, and if people want to pay to see him sing it I guess that’s their business, but I just don’t think this is going to end well.

And I also have a hard time believing him when he says “This is really it. This is the final curtain call.” If he’s as hard-up for money as has been reported, how could he resist some promoter offering a big payday for “just one more show?” Granted, his image is probably too tarnished to perform stateside every again, but the King of Pop has fans worldwide, many of whom can ignore the oddities better than we Americans and enjoy Michael the singer.

For Michael’s sake, I hope I’m wrong, that we can turn into the skid and somehow get this vehicle moving forward again. I hope so, but I doubt it.


1 Comment »

  1. Wow, you sound as if there is many problems with this. Ignoring all of his legal problems, I think this is a good thing, in an unusual way. I’m still young, but I understand that what he did was wrong, but am a fan of his music and dancing. Its an excitement for many people. Maybe hes doing it for the money, but, hey, people now have another chance to see him, so WooHoo !

    Comment by Anonoymus — March 10, 2009 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

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