MJ’s Bad dropped in August of 1987, and I wasn't quite 6 years old yet, but this man had me mesmerized! I remember having his cassette tape and playing it in my little Sony Walkman tape player; I played that tape OUT and I still own that tape to this day! A couple of years ago, when I was moving out of my parents’ home and packing up my things. My cassette tape storage unit still hung on my bedroom wall but my parents wanted it and everything else packed up or gone out of my room when I moved (I think my Dad was planning to turn it into an upstairs den or something…so long to all my stuffed animals!). So one day I went to my Mom, with tears in my eyes and some of these tapes in my hands including Bad, saying “what am I going to do with these?” I can’t take them all with me but I can’t just throw them away…” (Gotta love Moms)…she said, “Pack them up in plastic tubs, put them in the attic, and I’ll keep them there until you get a house and attic of your own…” I couldn't have been happier. Even though I have my iPizzi, I still cherish my tapes and CDs to this day! ESPECIALLY my Michael Jackson tapes! I could NEVER get rid of them or throw any of them away.
MJ’s Bad Tour concert...the year: 1988, the month: October…shortly after I turned 7, my Dad had gotten 4 tickets on the fly for my birthday! All I remember about where we were seated was that there were some kind of bars in front of us, so I’m thinking we were pretty close. But, what I remember most was how I sat with my parents, 2-year-old brother, and cousin watching MJ’s digitized feet walk across a screen on stage. I vividly remember thinking “woooooow…how’d he do that?” Then, fireworks, lights, camera, and ACTION! MJ jumps out of that screen and on top of it in his black and gold military jacket complete with gold chains and all studded out. He just stands there and the crowd screamed like nothing my little ears had heard before. Still leaning and gazing through those bars trying to hold onto my program book, I was in complete awe of this man. He just stood there in his black shades, for what seemed like eternity in my small world, taking in all the screams and applause. The music started and the rest is pretty much a blur but I remember enjoying the music and dancing for the next 3 hours or so. Yep, he performed for about 3 hours, all by himself! MJ didn’t have “opening acts.” We walked in, took our seats, and my account of what I remember was what it was. This was my VERY first concert experience and I’ll never forget it. I LOVE attending concerts because of this concert right here. In my top 5 concerts, you know I have to rate this one as #1, and I've attended many a concerts.
But, aside from my memories, even as a young child not knowing much of what he was singing about, I understood MJ. I understood and felt his energy…his showmanship…his grace on stage. He was a consummate performer who was and still remains unmatched! Michael Jackson was a phenomenon all his own. He did it all! He sang, composed, produced, arranged, played instruments, danced, choreographed, I mean, the list goes on and on. He was limitless in what he gave us as his talent…his gift. He was a gift. He revolutionized American pop music as we know it today. Many of today’s vocal styling comes from Michael Jackson (think: the “vocal hiccup” and those airy, breathless tones we hear nowadays). Michael Jackson was a forward-thinker; his creations were so far out of the box that no one has been able to rival them yet! He’s incomparable and unparalleled! No ONE will ever equal to his likeness let alone his greatness. He stands alone and for me and many others, there will NEVER be another. He is beyond compare…The supreme king of our generation…in the words of Berry Gordy: “He is simply the GREATEST entertainer who has EVER lived.”
Rest in Heaven, Michael. Your legacy and work of art will forever live on. We will always “remember the time” and you will never be forgotten. XI will continue to keep your memory alive…We thank you for touching our hearts in ways you may never know…