Thursday, November 3, 2011

Top 10 Live Performances of Michael Jackson - The King of Pop

Michael Jackson is considered the soul of Pop music, he changed the way of performance in 1964 and kept rocking the world till his last breathe in 2009. He is truly the King of Pop.This top 10 is compiled to show the youngsters how great a performer Michael Jackson was through three decades of dominance on the music universe. Here are some of his best live performances.

10. MTV VMA 2001 with N'Sync

Michael Jackson made a surprise performance at the VMAs with a 30 second performance after N*Sync song pop life ended. This appearance was totally unannounced and came as a surprise to his millions of fans worldwide.

9. History Tour 1997

The HIStory Tour marked his last and biggest tour both in financial terms and in the numbers of crowd. The tour began on the September 7th, 1996. The one of a kind show featured pyro techniques as well as bigger lights and a bigger stage than the Dangerous Tour; he even performed in Tokyo Dome Japan.

8. Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special 2001

Michael performed two concerts on the September 7th and September 10 of 2001. The tickets for the concerts were at their most expensive with Jackson reportedly earning $150,000 per minute. He performed with a plethora of rising artists like Britney Spears, Usher, N*Sync and Usher

7. Super Bowl 1993

On 31st of January 1993, Michael Jackson performed at the Super bowl Halftime show. The show included iconic performances in front of 100,000 people and a 750 member choir. His performance of Heal the World is still remembered as an iconic Super Bowl moment.

6. Ed Sullivan Show 1970 I Want You Back

Michael together with his brothers performed at the Ed Sullivan Show on the 4th of December 1970. Ed Sullivan was known for his keen eye and taste for good music. So, The Jackson 5’s first appearance of “I want you back” had great expectations from the Garry Indiana Mo Town crowd back home and “The Jackson 5” sure delivered.

5. Massive 'Bad' Tour 1988

Michael’s album Bad inspired the Bad Tour. The first leg of the tour began on September 12 and got sold out within hours. At one point of the tour Jackson performed to over half a million screaming fans in just seven sold-out concerts at Wembley Stadium.

4. MTV VMA 1995

Michael Jackson performed a medley of his songs including “Black or White”, “Scream”, “Dangerous” and “You are not alone”. Michael opened the show with an amazing performance alongside Slash as his guitarist.

3. Motown 25 Live Performance - The Moonwalk

In the March of 1983, while Thriller was enjoying its early part of the 80 week dominance on the Billboard’s Hot 200 chart Jackson performed solo for the first time. Jackson’s performance on the Motown 25th anniversary special was viewed by well over 50 million people live. The “Moonwalk” left audience throughout the world shell shocked

2. Grammy Awards, 1988

It was the Grammy Awards when on March 2nd, 1988; Michael performed “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror”. These were truly iconic performances which are dubbed by some as one of the great Grammy moments.

1. Dangerous World Tour 1993

Michael Jackson kicked-off his Dangerous World Tour on June 27, 1992 in Munich, Germany. This was a one of a kind concert for its time, and HBO offered Jackson $21 million to acquire the Broadcasting Rights of his last few shows in the European leg of the tour. The show featured special effects that included amazing costumes and it took two 747 jets to transfer the equipment from state to state. While performing “Smooth criminal” Michael performed a “30 degree lean” on stage with a newly patented device. Michael Jackson die-hard fans consider the Dangerous tour to be the best in the King of Pop’s impressive rÈsumÈ.

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