Orianthi did a Q&A with guitarinternational.com, where the Australian singer/guitarist talked about her ‘This Is It’ tour rehearsals with Michael Jackson before the King of Pop’s tragic death on June 25, 2009.
“He gave me a lot of moments, and he wanted me to solo out in the audience,” the 25-year-old said about her role in the production. “He wanted me to come up with an ending to ‘Black or White’, which was actually called ‘Aftermath’, and he asked me to put something together. It’s really guitar-based and it’s all about me and Michael’s other guitar player. At the end of ‘Black or White’ I would just solo with the spotlight on me. I would come through the rubble. There’s gonna be rubble all over the ground with explosions and pyro and stuff. I’d be soloing in the audience, then I’d invite Tommy to come over and play with me and do this trade off thing which you can see on ‘This is It’.”
Orianthi added that “the other day was really hard for me because it’s been a year since he’s passed. I was just remembering the amazing moments that we all had, and how wonderful he was to work with. We had really good times.”
Kimmel Jokes About ‘Michael Jackson And Bubbles: The Untold Story’
June 27, 2010 – ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ joked about the Animal Planet show ‘Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story’, featuring Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya going to visit Bubbles at a reserve in Florida.”Can you imagine being so famous that when you die a television channel does a documentary about your sister visiting your monkey,” Kimmel asked. “That’s pretty famous.” Video of the comedy clip at YouTube has since been removed.