A lot of TRIBUTE have been made already but here's "The Dr. Stirring Rhod Way" of giving my last farewell and due respect to the "KING OF POP" none other than Michael Joseph Jackson aka. "MICHAEL JACKSON". As the HEADLINE of the MANILA BULLETIN that I bought would go "POP ICON IS GONE". I love NEW WAVE, POST-PUNK, and PUNK ROCK music but I have to admit that I also love to listen to the music of MICHAEL JACKSON. YUP!! I grew up also listening to MJ's great tunes. Of course, who would forget his classic Moonwalk Dance. A TRUE POP ICON indeed!! MJ really live a controversial life but It's just to early for him to leave us only at 50 years old. Well, I myself have dance to some of his classic songs back in the 80s and definitely I also love his "THRILLER" album. I even bought the 25th ANNIVERSARY CD of THRILLER last year when It became available here in MANILA. Btw, I have an MJ blogpost last JANUARY 21, 2009 and little do I know that six months later MJ will pass away because of CARDIAC ARREST. Well, I rather would like to see him in HOUSE ARREST than that of a CARDIAC ARREST. A lot of people have asked me what CARDIAC ARREST is. So what's Cardiac Arrest in my MEDICAL FIELD point of view? It is when the heart actually stops beating which can be due to several factors including medications and can also follow a heart attack if too much of the heart muscle dies. It's very different from a HEART ATTACK in a way because in Heart Attack a portion of the heart muscle dies because of a blockage of the coronary arteries that usually supplies blood to the heart muscle. MICHAEL JACKSON's early death at 50 have been compared to the death of ELVIS PRESLEY who incidentally was his FATHER-IN-LAW. I was really saddened when I got to hear the news on my way to work that morning. WOW!! MJ is dead!! I can't truly believe it myself. This just reminds us that EVERYONE IS MORTAL and LIFE IS SHORT so we must live it to the fullest while we are all still here on earth. It's a GLOBAL MOURNING indeed!!
The day MICHAEL died is LIKE THE DAY KENNEDY died according to the PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER which I also bought. Definitely, one person that would be missed around the world despite the series of controversies he was involved with. It's also sad to think that he passed away just few days before his said COMEBACK CONCERT in LONDON. I guess that was not meant to happened. Talking about expecting the unexpected. I wonder what would happen to the concert tickets of the POLITICIANS here in MANILA who bought them at a staggering price. Naaah!! I hope that's not from the TAX PAYERS MONEY okay.
Why was he called the "KING OF POP"? A lot of people have criticized MJ saying that he self-proclaimed the term. Well, here's a VIDEO of ELIZABETH TAYLOR with EDDIE MURPHY back in 1989. ELIZABETH TAYLOR was considered to have first coined the term "KING OF POP" for MJ back in 1989.
I also took a photo of this great page on the MANILA BULLETIN featuring the brief HISTORY of MICHAEL JACKSON and his career.
Unfortunately, I was not able to watch MICHAEL JACKSON LIVE IN MANILA back in 1996.MJ also visited and gave donations on a children hospital before he performed that night here in MANILA. The caretakers of MJ's NEVERLAND which was opened back in 1988 was a FILIPINO couple.
Btw, another T.V. ICON also passed away the same day MICHAEL JACKSON did. REST IN PEACE too MISS FARAH FAWCETT due to ANAL CANCER. FARAH was also very popular here in the PHILIPPINES as one of the CHARLIE'S ANGELS back on those days. YUP!! I can still remember watching CHARLIE'S ANGELS on television courtesy of GMA 7 back in the late 70's up to the early 80s. LIFE is really fragile indeed.
HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS THAT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED TO WATCH:
THRILLER YouTube MEGAHIT 2007
1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the
Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center,
(Courtesy of byronfgarcia)
NEVER ENDING MOONWALK
(Courtesy of Littlepanki)
There are two 80s ICONS here in MANILA who were really influenced by MICHAEL JACKSON. YUP!! "Mr. PURE ENERGY" himself GARY VALENCIANO aka. "GARY V." and of course fellow Blue And Gold and considered as "The DAVID LETTERMAN of the PHILIPPINES " none other than Mr. JOJO ALEJAR. These two guys were interviewed respectively by different television stations regarding the death of MJ and definitely admitted they were badly affected by MJ's death. Both GARY V. and JOJO even cried hearing this sad news.
SO HERE'S GARY and JOJO:
JOJO ALEJAR and THE TIGERS
(PENTHOUSE LIVE 1982)
(Courtesy of kkisser)
Btw, If you haven't read my BEAT IT/EAT IT blogpost last JANUARY 21, 2009 just click the photo of MJ and WEIRD AL to enter my blogpost six months ago.
I've also included here in my blogpost the music of THE BOLHOI with their version of BILLIE JEAN which is an NU107 CLASIC. YUP!! This BILLIE JEAN rendition of THE BOLHOI was first played by NU107 back in 1988. THE BOLSHOI was a NEW WAVE BAND that made it big here in MANILA with such songs as SUNDAY MORNING and AWAY just to name a few, and these two songs are XB CLASSICS or what PINOY WAVERS would call 102 MUSIC.THE BOLSHOI playing a MICHAEL JACKSON song? WOW!! AMAZING INDEED!!
LISTEN TO THE BOLSHOI's "BILLIE JEAN" HERE:
Well, that's my little TRIBUTE to THE LATE MICHAEL JACKSON. I just can't imagine writing the word "LATE" before the name of MJ. Wheeew!! YUP!! MJ is dead!! Definitely a lot of FILIPINOS would missed MJ. MAY HE REST IN PEACE!!
(August 29,1958- June 25,2009)
May you REST IN PEACE!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD-