RIP Michael.

Before I made the switch to WordPress, I wrote on Virb.com. On March 5, I wrote about Michael Jackson’s return to the stage that was planned for this summer. For some reason, I feel it necessary to repost.


RIP Michael. I am truly saddened by your passing.

March 5, 2009

Long Live the King


The King of Pop is coming back for at least 10 final shows – and I know one Denver native that couldn’t be happier. No, I won’t be flying to London; nor will I be in attendance at one of these 10 concerts at the O2 Arena in July. But as billions of Christians worldwide have been waiting for the return of the Messiah, this nostalgic Gen-Y’er has been anxiously awaiting for the King to regain his throne.

Let me take a few steps back. I was born in 1986, four years after Thriller was released and – more importantly – nearly three years before MJ’s film Moonwalker was released on VHS. Don’t feel embarrassed if you haven’t seen Moonwalker; it only means your parents loved you enough to hire a sitter. I, on the other hand, have seen Moonwalker in its entirety roughly 900 times. More importantly, 899 of these occasions occurred before the age of five. (I recently found segments of the film on YouTube here and invested some of my valuable time into reminiscing pre-surgery MJ.)

Before you rush to judgment about my early-years obsession with the King, I want you to first take into consideration just how iconic Michael Jackson truly is. He has 13 Grammy Awards, is one of the few people inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and was once named “The Most Successful Entertainer of All Time,” by Guinness Book of World Records.

So cut me a little slack – I idolized one of the world’s most famous men.

As you can imagine, I grew up and learned of Michael’s skin bleaching, the wacky tabloid rumors of the hyperbaric chamber, etc., and his alleged sexual indiscretions with the kids at Neverland Ranch. Still, I sided with MJ.

For all intents and purposes, this guy was a pseudo-father figure and dear friend. Besides, at this point he physically looked so different than the Michael of Moonwalker, that it was pretty easy to separate the Jackson I loved and this white imposter.

A scandal here, a scandal there and finally we stopped hearing about the (former) King of Pop.

Here we are, more than 25 years after he dropped the original Moonwalk on the world, and the 50-year-old King has returned. Between the predictable reemergence of Brittney, the awkward revival of New Kids on the Block and inevitable resurrection of deadbeat Chris Brown, this industry loves a comeback.

So as time heals all wounds, here’s one guy who is hoping MJ’s return will be glorious.

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