Oh, Michael Jackson, I think the world is just now starting to get used to the idea of you having left the mortal world. With the drama of your death somewhat behind us with the trial over, we can now remember the loss that occurred when you died. Cirque du Soleil is going to be bringing the King of Pop’s music to LA in their “Immortal World Tour” but before that he will be immortalized in a hand and foot ceremony at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on the 26th of January.
I think it is going to be so moving as the King’s 3 children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, will be the ones to make the impression in the cement at Grauman’s using their dad’s iconic sequined glove and shoes. I think this is a beautiful idea, not only because of the kids but also the symbol of the glove and shoe.
His legacy will sit alongside the massive Hollywood icons like Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, who was actually one of Michael’s close friends. I am so glad that they are doing this, it is a fine tribute to an awesome star.
A day after the ceremony, Cirque du Soleil will kick off a three-night residency at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Cirque du Soleil album, the soundtrack to the show, is very protective of Michael’s original vision. It was released in November 2011 and one of the most amazing tracks on the album is “I’ll Be There”, but a stripped down version with just a a solemn piano-only ballad, allowing the young Michael’s voice to shine even more than it did on the original.
Many other albums like it are more liberal in their mash-ups and bold transitions, like the Beatles’ Love. But, Immortal incorporates Jackson’s spoken word poetry, and seems to be much more close to Michael’s heart. This is a very powerful album, so no doubt the show will be too – giving credit to the legend’s true, and often scrutinized character.
Listen to the “I’ll be There” track from the Immortal tribute album. Let me know what you think. Are there any other true Jackson fans out there?