Trying to give something back to the Community...
When I heard the breaking news late last night just before going to bed that Michael Jackson had been rushed to hospital little did I know that when my alarm went off this morning as it does every morning in time for me to wake up to the 7 o’clock news the headline would be of his passing.
I was about 10 years old when Elvis died and I still remember seeing the images on TV of the hearse at Graceland and the huge army of fans but at the time I didn’t really appreciate what was going on.
Fast forward a few years when Freddie Mercury passed away and I regretted not taking the opportunity of going to see Queen live at Knebworth.
So earlier this year when the Michael Jackson concerts were announced I decided I wasn’t going to make the same mistake again and would try and get tickets to probably the only opportunity I’d ever have of seeing the legend that is Michael Jackson perform. Probably like most I spent countless hours on the TicketMaster site chasing down tickets and couldn’t believe how lucky I was to eventually get four tickets to the 23rd January date in 2010.
When I told my mum Necy and I were going to see Jackson her reaction was like everyone else I’ve told - “Wow you managed to get tickets…!!!”. When I offered the spare tickets to my parents my mum didn’t even have to think – her response was an immediate “YES” – it was like I was offering her a £1,000,000 or something.
Sadly it seems that it was never meant to be. Of course we heard that some of the initial dates in July had been put back and speculation was rife over Michael’s health and people questioning whether he was going to be up to doing 50 shows. But what a lot of people don’t realise is that this wasn’t 50 back to back shows. There were only a couple of concerts a week and half way through a break of several months which I felt better about as not seeing him until January would at least give him time to recuperate.
Right now as I’m writing this I feel so numb - I can’t believe what’s happened and I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. But I do have such happy memories of Michael and of course when growing up with him everyone (me included) wanted to be like him and own that red leather jacket – he was the coolest dude around and everyone wanted to be him and be able to moonwalk (which I can – badly).
I know he had his personal problems. As to how much is real Vs media hype who knows and frankly I don’t care. I’m also saddened that what I’ve seen on the news so far they are dwelling more on “whacko Jacko” rather than what we should be remembering Michael for – his unbelievable, unrivalled, mesmerising talent. Few people can actually say they’ve done what they sung about but in his case he did “heal the world and make it a better place”.
R.I.P. Michael. Our loss is Heaven’s gain and I’m sure you’ll be moon walking across the clouds and stars entering like you were destined to.
Read the complete post at http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/cliffs_blog/archive/2009/06/26/misc-passing-of-a-legend-the-king-of-pop-michael-jackson.aspx