Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to honor Michael Jackson
Special performances are scheduled and footage from Jackson’s induction both with the Jackson 5 and a solo artist will be shown this Saturday.
“Michael Jackson was one of the most creative and influential recording artists of the last 40 years,” said Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in a release. “He was uniquely gifted with his talent as a songwriter, dancer and performer. While we deeply mourn the loss of any Inductee, few have generated the response from fans like the tragedy we learned of this week. His legacy will live on for a long, long time.”
See the full release from the Rock Hall after the break.
WHO: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will pay special tribute to the life and legacy of two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Jackson this weekend at its 12th annual Rock and Soul festival. Jackson, 50, died on Thursday.
“Michael Jackson was one of the most creative and influential recording artists of the last 40 years,” said Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “He was uniquely gifted with his talent as a songwriter, dancer and performer. While we deeply mourn the loss of any Inductee, few have generated the response from fans like the tragedy we learned of this week. His legacy will live on for a long, long time.”
WHAT: On Sunday, June 28, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will honor Michael Jackson during its annual Rock and Soul festival with video presentations in the 4th Floor Theater, including footage from his induction with the Jackson 5 in 1997 and his induction as a solo artist in 2001. Music from throughout Jackson’s career will play in the Museum during the weekend, as well.
At Noon, Terry Stewart will pay special tribute to the late Michael Jackson’s life and music on the Main Stage. This event is free. Scheduled to perform is Artistree, Christelle, Eddie Holman, Kharizmah, Malina Moye and Sylver Logan Sharp during the remainder of the day.
Fans are welcome to bring a Jackson-inspired memento to the event. The Rock Hall will provide a memorial space in the Main Lobby.
WHEN: Sunday, June 28, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
MORE: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual Rock and Soul Festival is a celebration of African American music. The vitality its influence on American music and culture has been irresistible; its impact, profound and lasting. This soulful festival features performances by national and local artists and coincides with Black Music Month.
About Michael Jackson
As a child star with the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson displayed showbiz savvy well beyond his years. He was 11 in 1970, when the Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back,” their first single for Motown, hit Number One and sold more than 2 million copies. The precocious singer, dancer and frontman was largely responsible for the group’s remarkable success. The Jackson 5 are the only group in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100 to have their first four singles go to Number One, and they ultimately scored 13 Top 20 hits.
As a solo artist, Michael soared beyond the stardom he’d known with the Jacksons. The makeover from teen sensation to adult superstar began with his move from Motown to Epic Records in 1976. Jackson donned a tuxedo for the cover of Off the Wall (1979) and a casually elegant white suit for Thriller (1982). The music on those albums was sleek, polished dance-pop. Thriller became one of the biggest albums in pop history, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide and earning a record eight Grammys and more than 150 gold and platinum awards.
Jackson’s spectacular celebrity transformed him into the global icon of the 1980s. Onstage and in videos he cut a riveting figure, with his blackout shades, spangled glove and loafers. On March 25, 1983, Jackson performed “Billie Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary celebration at the Los Angeles Civic Center and debuted his signature moonwalk dance. Later that year MTV began playing the song’s video. It marked the first time the cable network had put a video by an African-American artist into heavy rotation. Jackson was a strong presence on MTV throughout the 1980s. He followed the phenomenal Thriller with Bad (1987), which launched five Number One singles (“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”)
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