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Old 06-29-2009, 06:49 PM   #256
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I was honestly wondering if he was medicated last night.
Me, too.
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A video of Stevie Wonder from last night at Summerfest here in Milwaukee.

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SUMMERFEST REVIEW | STEVIE WONDER AND JOHN LEGEND
Expressions of the heart

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Stevie Wonder performs in duet with John Legend on Sunday night at Summerfest’s Marcus Amphitheater in a concert that included several emotional tributes to Michael Jackson.

By Dave Tianen of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Jun. 29, 2009

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One thing can be said with utter confidence. Summerfest will not witness another concert like Stevie Wonder's performance Sunday at the Marcus Amphitheater for a very long time.

It was an evening filled with genuine emotion. It was also spontaneous, unpredictable, confusing, a bit sloppy, loving - and for a few moments, quite alarming.

Wonder essentially turned his concert into a tribute to Michael Jackson. He opened his set with a little speech telling people to celebrate the joy and magic in Michael's music and ignore all the gossip and scandal.

At one point, he brought opening act John Legend on stage to join him on a duet of "Get It," one of Wonder's songs that Jackson had recorded. When they were finished, they played a tape of Jackson's hit "The Way You Make Me Feel."

Suddenly, Wonder slumped over at his keyboard. It was hard to tell what was happening. Was he ill? Was he sobbing? Even the band seemed confused and unsure of what to do.

After some long moments, Wonder's daughter Aisha Morris came over and appeared to comfort him. It seemed as though the concert might be over.

But then Wonder rallied and plunged into a rhythm number without explaining exactly what had happened.

Perhaps 20 minutes and several songs later, he stopped and told the audience: "I am not ashamed to express my heart. Don't be afraid to express your heart."

He then brought Legend on again to join in a new song he had just written and planned to donate to the Jackson family. The title, apparently "In the Arms of God," is a celebration that Michael is now at peace.

From there, the set segued somewhat awkwardly into a medley of greatest hits such as "My Cherie Amour," "Uptight," "For Once in My Life" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours." When the set list got to "Superstition," Wonder changed the chorus to lead a sing-along of "We love you, Michael, We'll see you in heaven."

Critically, what can you say about a performance like that? Anyone who witnesses Wonder for even a little while realizes he is a truly sweet, tender-hearted man. He is also sometimes seems almost childlike in his naiveté. Without in any way minimizing the tragedy or sadness of Jackson's life and death, there were troubling aspects to his life that go beyond gossip-mongering.

That said, this is probably not the time for hard truths. The night ended with Wonder and the band dancing on stage for a long, taped medley of Jackson's hits.

Legend is the most compelling young urban stylist of the last decade, and a superb writer and pianist to boot. Unfortunately, the Summerfest date catches him in the aftermath of his weakest album, "Evolver." Yet there were plenty of bright spots from the first two albums to redeem Legend's set.
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Stevie Wonder apparently also moonwalked 2 times
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Summerfest: I miss you so!

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You know what is interesting to listen to.........Lisa Marie Presley covering Dirty Laundry.
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YouTube - One Last Dance For Michael
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:07 PM   #261
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Joe Jackson is an idiot and has been for the 50 years hes been riding on the coat tails of his children.
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FOX is re-airing the American Idol Michael Jackson episode tonight. It's from 8 to 10.

It's a little late for east coasters, sorry.
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I saw that
not much interest. since M J is not on it.
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I tuned in just for Matt, to be honest. And I just caught him too.
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ETA: A lot of hot mess that week on idol
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Pictures from just 2 days before his passing at rehearsal. Good lord, he still had it. You can just see it even a still photo. You can't fake that or learn it. It was just in him. I'm guessing the last pic. might have been a "Smooth Criminal" rehearsal. It looks similar to his outfit in the video.


Michael Jackson Concert Rehearsal | TMZ.com

This makes me so sad.

And Joe Jackson is nothing but a vile piece of shit.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:10 AM   #267
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I want to post one of my fav youtube vids that ive came across recently for MJ...this shows how polite he was to others as well as his under rated angelic type voice. I do hope that U2 put a small tribute to MJ in the new concerts it wouldnt be complete without it.

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you could tell that he was quite frail looking, even at the time he announced that 'this is it' for him

his voice sounded all worn out
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yes, this seems to be the consensus when considering some of Michael's behavior.


do you give the same consideration to Joseph Jackson. His horrible childhood?

That contributed to his parenting behavior of his own children?
I don't deny that. I'm sure there were things in Joe's childhood and youth that led to him becoming the man he is today.

I know it's probably far-fetched and I don't want to go into my personal life too much but I know from experience that people having a tough childhood later on can become very hard and cold people and unable to show emotions. I experienced this with my own father. He wasn't beating me or my brother but he was unable to show emotions and was very hard, and all of us, including my mother, suffered tremendously because of that. And in MJ's case, there was a lot of physical AND psychological violence. No excuse for everying Michael has done, but one way to understand why he became what he became.
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Joe Jackson is an idiot and has been for the 50 years hes been riding on the coat tails of his children.
Basically, the whole family was, except Janet.
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