Today is the 60th birthday of the King of Pop Michael Jackson. One of the most legendary artists of all time and I had the privilege to see him perform live a couple of times.
When people ask me what my favorite MJ concert is I always say; the BAD world tour.
It was the first time I ever saw Michael live and it was my first big stadium concert experience. I was and still am a huge MJ fan. I would record all of his videos and play them over and over again on the VCR till I got all those dance moves right. As soon as I came home from school I would go up to my room and dance. I danced so much there was a big hole in the carpet in the middle of my room, that’s how much I loved it and that’s how committed I was.
At that time there was no internet or YouTube so if Michael had a new video out you’d better make sure your butt was in front of the tv to record it on time. Nowadays if you want to see a video of your favorite artist you just go online and search for it. Back in the days (OMG, I sound so old) you had to put in more effort to get hold on footage of the artist you admired. I think cause of that it made them become a bit untouchable.
The BAD concert had a very big impact on me. I went to the show with my parents and my lil’ brother. It was Michael’s first big show in the Netherlands. We were seated way in the back of the stadium. I still remember the vibe, it‘s something I can’t describe, cause you just had to be there. The audience was so diverse, every age, color and religion was represented. The combination of Michael and the power he gave to the music made everyone unite in this stadium.
“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” was the opening song and I still recall how the entire stadium was shaking the moment the screens on either side of the stage lit up and the illustration of MJ’s feet doing his signature move was projected. The feeling that the performers, the music and the surrounding gave me was amazing. People around me were laughing, crying, screaming, singing, but all in a positive way. It felt like the crowd was hypnotized by this amazing performer who gave his all to give the best show ever. I can write an entire story about that concert, but I’m not going to, cause my words don’t come close to the real experience. You just had to be there.
Yes you can listen to music and you can look at a performance on your screen at home, but trust me it’s not the same as when you’re actually in the audience. So if I can give a piece of advice to you it would be: if you get the chance to see a live performance, just go there and be part of it, EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC AND THE POWER OF MUSIC!
Happy Birthday Michael Jackson! Thank you for being an inspiration !