Choreographer Anthony King, who would have been part of Michael Jackson’s O2 residency, talked with ITN about the legacy of the late King of Pop and the groundbreaking shows that would have been. King added that Jackson’s age wasn’t significant in terms of what they’d be able to pull off, citing James Brown and Fred Astaire dancing at later points in their lives. Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Jermaine Jackson On Michael’s Death: I Wish It Was Me
July 2, 2009 – Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine spoke with Matt Lauer of the ‘Today’ show from the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, opening up about going to the UCLA Medical Center last Thursday only to be told by his mother Katherine that the King of Pop had passed away.
“She was crying, saying he was dead. And Matt, to hear my mother say, ‘Michael is dead’, to feel and hear the tone in her voice to say her child is dead, is nothing that anyone can ever imagine,” Jermaine explained. “I tried to console her, but I wanted to see Michael and I wanted to see my brother. To see him there lifeless and breathless was very emotional for me. But I held myself together because I knew he’s very much alive in his spirit, and that was just a shell. But I kissed him on his forehead, and I hugged him, and I touched him and I said, ‘Michael, I’ll never leave you. You’ll never leave me.’ He went too soon. I wish that it was me. I’ve always felt that I was his backbone, someone to be there for him. I was there and he was sort of like Moses. The things he couldn’t say, I would say them.”
Watch the interview and a web extra clip below.