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09.1.2021 Toto's Steve Lukather On Michael

In an interview with Justin Beckner of ultimateguitar.com, Toto's guitarist Steve Lukather talks about what it was like in the studio with Michael Jackson working on ‘Thriller'.

Beckner: You've worked with so many great people. What was your first impression of Michael Jackson? What was that first meeting like?

Lukather: “I was a fan. I always thought he was a great singer and all that. At the time I had been doing all of Quincy's stuff. It was after ‘Off the Wall' and he told me he would like to have me on the next record so I said that would be killer, I'd love to be on the next record. So one of the first things we did was the duet with McCartney, so that was a hell of a way to start it all off. It was just a blast, being in a room with these guys. They were the biggest stars in the world. Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, George Martin, Jeff Emrick, all of us, it was just a trip. That was a ‘pinch me' moment. It was like, ‘How did I get here?'. But Michael was always really cool to me. Michael was cool, man, he was a pro. He knew what he wanted and I guess he loved what we did. He kept hiring us.”

Beckner: Is it true that the original riff for ‘Beat It' was deemed too heavy?

Lukather: “Yeah, that's true. I did it knowing that Eddie (Van Halen) was already on it. So I figured if he's going to do something with Eddie, let's rock ‘n' roll it up. So, I quadrupled the riff with some Marshalls and stuff like that and sent it over to him. I played all the guitar parts and all the bass parts. He said, ‘It's too much. The guitars are too heavy. You've got to use one of you little Fender amps or something.' So I went in with my little Fender Deluxe and that calmed it down a little bit.
They didn't really crank it in the mix. Then I went over and overdubbed and came up with some of the other rhythm parts that are on the record with Michael and Quincy in the room. The other stuff was just me and Jeff (Porcaro) trying to make everything work because someone in Eddie's camp cut the 2-inch tape and screwed up the SMPTE Code so it wouldn't sync back up. So we had to make a new version to the old version that didn't have a click track or anything. Jeff Porcaro, the genius that he was, kind of put that whole click thing together and we were able to remake the record.”

Source: ultimateguitar.com

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12.12.2020 Happy Birdhay Jermaine 66 years !

 

5.12.2020 Photographer Harry Benson

Harry Benson turned 91 on December 2 and the famous photographer spent the day with his wife Gigi taking pictures of his 2 dogs.

“I'll tell you now. I don't think I've taken my last photographs. I'm not ready to grow old. I don't want to go just yet.” Harry said about turning 91!

Benson is maybe one of the most famous photographer in the world and has taken pictures of politicians, presidents, sports people and celebrities. The Scottish born photographer became sort after after photographing The Beatles and for being next to Robert Kennedy when he was shot in June 5, 1968. He then worked for the biggest personas in the world such as Bobby Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Spike Lee, Muhammad Ali, Queen Elisabeth and many more!

But for us, Michael Jackson fans, Benson is well known for his shots of the King of Pop! From tours to personal moment, he took some of the most loved pictures of Michael!

 

 

 

21.11.2020 On this day

36 years ago, Hollywood became Michael's town on November 20, 1984. The city honored Michael with a solo star on the Walk of Fame. Over 6000 fans blocked Hollywood Boulevard.

 

19.11.2020 R.I.P Bruce Swedien

 

Bruce Swedien has passed . The Engineer behind Michael Jackson’s albums was hospitalised with COVID-19 his daughter announced the very sad news of his passing

My dad, Bruce Swedien, passed away peacefully November 16th. He was 86. A legend in the music industry for over 65 years and 5-time Grammy winner, he was known for his work with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and many more. He had a long life full of love, great music, big boats and a beautiful marriage. We will celebrate that life. He was loved by everyone.

Rest in Peace dear sweet Daddy-ji. We will love you forever,


Bea and Roberta

 

 

 

 

R.I.P Bruce Swedien

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14.11.2020 Arts

Yann Dalon is a French artist based in Paris.

His painting are a mix between traditional and digital painting.

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8.10.2020 R.i.P Eddie Van Halen

 

The recording of Beat It:

Van Halen listened to Beat It, asked if he could rearrange the song and added a solo during which, a speaker caught on fire.

Van Halen didn’t know how the King of Pop would react about the song.

“So I warned him before he listened. I said, ‘Look, I changed the middle section of your song,'”.

“Now, in my mind, he’s either going to have his bodyguards kick me out for butchering his song, or he’s going to like it.

“And so he listened and turned to me and said, ‘Wow, thank you so much for having the passion to not just come in and blaze a solo, but to actually care about the song, and make it better.'”

 

 

 

 

30.9.2020 Rock with You

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12.9.2020 Bronze collection from Neverland on Auction.

On October 23, Guernsey’s Auction will offer a huge collection of Bronze and other items taken from Neverland Ranch in 2009.

The collection is made of multiple items, statues and personal items which were on the Neverland Ranch Property.

 

 

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13.8.2020 Rick Baker Book

The man behind the FX of Thriller, released a nice 2 volumes book set about his work.

Rick Baker: Metamorphosis Vol 1: 1950 – 1989, Vol 2: 1990, from Cameron Books is a gamechanger. It's a celebration featuring never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photographs, as well as dozens of stories that elevate your favorite films beyond their already legendary status.

From An American Werewolf of London, Men in Black II, to Gremlins II,, you will find everything that Baker did! Including “Thriller” with some unseen pictures of the make-up artistry.

If you are a fan of Horror/FX movies, a must to have!

The definitive visual history of the thrilling make-up artistry of the legendary Rick Baker, a must-have for collectors and special effects afficionados. From the gory zombies of Michael Jackson's Thriller to the staggeringly lifelike results of Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons to the groundbreaking effects in An American Werewolf in London, Baker's special effects, makeup, and prosthetics are some of Hollywood's most enduring legacies.

This deluxe, two-volume set is replete with more than 1000 four-colour images and original sketches.

It covers the makeup artist's 40-plus-year journey, from his early days as a young “monster maker”, creating body parts in his parents' kitchen, to his more than 70 film and television credits–that earned seven Academy Awards, one Emmy, and three BAFTAs, among numerous other awards.

 

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20.5.2020 On this day 25th !

25Th time flies, Thank you Michael !


1995 - Michael Jackson's " HIStory: Past, Present And Future Book 1

16.5.2020 New Book, Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me

Howard Bloom, considered one of the great thinkers, worked with Michael Jackson in 1983 and 1984.

I wanted people to see exactly who he was, because he was the closest person to a saint or an angel I have ever met on this earth. I am an atheist, but he was a human beyond the limits of anything we normally think of as humanity.

Michael was an incredible human being. He was a gift to all of us. He spent 50 years on this earth. For the first 25 years, he became Michael Jackson. For the last 25 years of his life, he was swinging on a cross in pain and it should never have happened to him. He deserved much, much better than that.

Einstein, Michael Jackson and Me is the story of my rock 'n' roll adventures and includes stories about how I learned in the most powerful way imaginable who Michael Jackson really was.

 

9.5.2020 R.I.P Roy Horn from Siegfried & Roy

Roy Horn, the famed Las Vegas magic and entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, has died of complications related to the coronavirus, partner Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement Friday. He was 75.

“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Fischbacher said. “From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried.”

Illusionists Siegfried and Roy recalled a special bond they had with Michael.

In 1989, when the illusionists were preparing their Mirage performances that ran for 13 years, Michael Jackson loved to watch the rehearsals.

Siegfried asked Michael if he would come up with a theme song to be used for the show.

“As I was talking to him, I noticed he was tapping out a tune with his fingers,” Siegfried said.

Michael often attended their shows at The Mirage. Siegfried would introduce him to the audience.

“People would applaud and he would stand up and wave,” Siegfried said.

 

2.5.2020 On this day

1992 - single "In The Closet" debuted at #8 in the U.K.

 

4.4.2020 Prince Jackson joins the coronavirus fight as he hands out free meals with the Heal Los Angeles organization.

 

Prince is finding a way to give back during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Helped out his community stay healthy by handing out food and supplies to those in need Wednesday in LA.

 

21.3.2020 YouTube channel have re-released Dangerous tour and ' Bad tour for everyone to stream for free.

With many of the worlds population now self-isolating, or on possible lockdown and in quarantine due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the official Michael Jackson YouTube channel have re-released Michael's 1992 ‘Live at Bucharest' Dangerous tour and his ‘Live At Wembley' Bad tour for everyone to stream for free.

 

 

29.2.2020 Moonwalker, Joseph Shabalala

“We are

he world” 35 years

The founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and seen in “Moonwalker” has dies in South Africa at the age of 78. Despite Joseph being retired from the group which is still currently touring in the US, he was still the figure of the emblematic zulu music group.

Joseph's cousin, Albert, present in the original formation of the group recalled the first meeting with Michael Jackson:

“Because we were around Los Angeles our tour manager told us that Michael Jackson's manager called and Michael Jackson wants to meet Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I said ‘Really? Is this for real?'. He said yes and I remember that morning we were so excited waking up cooked breakfast, and then we went there to the studio to go record. When we got there he was already there. So he was sitting down with his family.”

“Then as soon as he saw us he stood up, he met us half way and he was wearing his gloves, so he took them off and then he put the gloves in his pocket and shook hands with us and gave Joseph, the leader of the group a hug. Michael Jackson is a real and authentic person. He said ‘I am so glad that you made time to come here. I'm a big fan. I brought some of my family here. My mother and my sister and one of my brothers. I would like to do something with you'.”

After this meeting, Joseph and the rest of Ladysmith went back to their hotel. Joseph got to writing and created choreography from moves within their repertoire. Later that evening they attended the rehearsal and taping of Moonwalker and presented what they created to Michael. The song was titled “Lindelani” which means “get ready”. He loved it.

 

Albert spoke on the moment where Ladysmith shared the song and dance with Michael.

“Joseph said we want to sing you a song. We thought you might like this song and then he sang ‘Hello My Baby.' And so we sang the whole song and did the dancing and everything. After that, he was smiling, looking down, and said, ‘So I hope you will be available tonight for rehearsal because I am doing a shoot for my project called Moonwalker'.”

Although written for Moonwalker , “Lindelani” would appear on their album Journey of Dreams released March 1988. The song expresses hope and joy and the magic of being in the moment. This is such a needed message then and now. A message of hope and faith and encouragement, which Albert explained at length when he spoke with us about the creation of this song.

“‘Lindelani' means wait for those blessings that are coming from above. Yes, and then you say they are coming above like the rain, like raindrops. Why Joseph wrote those lyrics were because he was seeing what was happening to us. To have that kind of blessing to be able to meet with Michael Jackson and work with him.

So he said, when we talked about it, he said, ‘You know sometimes you can sit and you don't know when your luck is gonna come, but just wait because everything is coming from above. So now is the time that our blessings are coming. So this is the time now'.

The song was about that. And then also when Michael talked about the moon he said the moon is above so everything is coming from above. Everything is coming to us. The song was written around the situation was happening at that time. The blessing I think is the only way that I can fit to describe what was happening.”

From the song to the choreography, everything was made to highlight this moment, meeting and working with Michael Jackson. Joseph used movements from Ladysmith's then-current choreography and incorporated steps from Michael and his dancers to add a certain amount of presence and to capture the feel of the experience.

“Something that amazed us was the kind of dancing they were doing,” Albert said. “The crew that they had was so tight with the dancing and so united. Something they did which is still amazing was when they were standing and leaning forward. I thought maybe it was something attached or some kind of invisible rope or something but no it was nothing. They just did that thing really and we just said, ‘Wow, amazing.' And then after that, he said ‘I'm going to do the song.'”

“‘When I sing the song you can just join in and do what you want to do,'” Michael told the group. “Joseph had written something after they spoke a little bit. So Joseph has a piece that he had been writing. When we do the dancing there were little infuses in the dances we did for him during the day so it was making it easier for us to relate it to one another. We had rehearsed it [on our own] maybe three times and even in the rehearsal we shortened it.”

Although Ladysmith Black Mambazo met with Michael Jackson that day in 1987, they never met again. This was their first and last collaboration. “Just one day and then we never met him again. Just one moment in time. That morning and then that night and then everything was done,” Albert said.

Mambazo have won five Grammy Awards. Currently, the group consists of a new generation of members, a majority of them are sons of the founding members. Shabalala and a majority of the founding members were retired from performing and recording.

South Africa and the whole continent have lost an icon and a pioneer. but the moon is still dancing…

 

8.2.2020 We are the world 35 TH!

“We are the world” 35 years

On January 28, 1985, Michael Jackson managed to get 40 great musicians to record ‘We Are The World', the solidarity song par excellence, which raised funds against the famine in Ethiopia.

The BBC was the first television network that aired the situation in 1984 in Ethiopia: a catastrophic famine that, in the midst of a terrible civil war, ended up killing more than one million people.

But the terrifying images of malnourished children, of scavengers waiting for the moment when the children died to take their ‘prey', touched the heart of the great music stars, who thought it was The time to start doing something.

On January 28, 1985, after the American Awards, a large number of artists in Los Angeles took advantage to come together at the A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, with Quincy Jones as a front man and who told them: “Leave your egos at the door.”

The group was named United Support of Artist for Africa (USA for Africa) and aimed to raise funds for a million Ethiopians. It was 10:30 pm when this fantastic choir entered to record on the audio track, created on January 22 with the voices of Richie and Jackson.

The main solo parts were from Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins , Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles.

It was worth it, as it became one of the best-selling singles in history, with 20 million units and won the Grammy for the Song of the Year and the Disco of the Year.

But most important of all, is that ‘We Are The World' marked the way for artists who would like to contribute to humanitarian acts, and raising nothing less than 75 million dollars and becoming an emblem of the fight against poverty.

 

25.1.2020 Invincible

January 25. 2002

Michael Jackson's album "Invincible" was certified double platinum by the RIAA.