The late Michael Jackson, who passed away a little over a month ago now, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine — not as a tribute issue, which was already released at the start of this month, but as a regular coverstory chronicling the last days of the King of Pop‘s life … including the comeback he never got the chance to complete. Here is MJ‘s coverphoto of the new issue of RS mag:
In the days just before his death, Michael Jackson was working harder than he ever had in hopes of staging “the greatest show on Earth” according to our latest cover story. Claire Hoffman retraced the pop icon’s final moments for “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and found that Jackson was well aware of how the public came to perceive him in recent years and that he had fully dedicated himself to a comeback tour that he hoped would erase that perception. “He wanted people to see his work and not just talk about his lifestyle,” AEG CEO Randy Phillips tells Hoffman in her cover story. He was also eager to finally clean up his finances and settle down in Las Vegas. “He was ready to stop living like a vagabond and settle down and earn money again,” Phillips tells Rolling Stone. And those who were inside his final rehearsals say that the show he was prepared to mount may have actually succeeded on all fronts. “He was so brilliant on stage,” tour director Kenny Ortega tells Hoffman. “I had goose bumps.” “I turned to somebody and said, ‘This is amazing,’” adds Ken Ehrlich, the longtime Grammy Awards producer who sat in on rehearsals. “For so many years I have watched Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake and Usher and the Backstreet Boys and En Vogue all imitate Michael Jackson — and now here we were this many years later, and he was going to do it again. I got chills, literally. The hairs on the back of my neck were raised. Those are the moments you hope for.”
At this point, what hasn’t already been said about the “comeback that never was”? From what I’ve gathered from this new Rolling Stone piece, there really isn’t anything new that we haven’t heard already … still, RS has a great tradition of music journalism and I’m sure MJ fans will be happy to read any stories on the late King of Pop. To be honest, I’m much more interested in finding out the results of MJ‘s autopsy/toxicolgy reports — which are supposedly due for release this week. We may definitively know, very soon, what exactly was the cause of MJ‘s death. Until then, tho, we wait. After the jump, check out a short video from Rolling Stone that features Claire Hoffman, the author of this MJ coverstory, talking about her article and explaining what is in store for readers — be warned, the video autoplays …
I’ll prolly pick up this issue, mainly because Rolling Stone tends to do these sort of pieces very well. Again … I doubt there’ll be any new insights into the last days of Michael Jackson but the story still holds some fascination for me.