Controversial director Spike Lee wanted to honor the late legendary singer/performer Michael Jackson the only way he knew how, which is by putting together a music video for Jackson's posthumous "This Is It" song.
The video features lots of footage from Jackson's hometown of Gary, Indiana, and also candid and rare videos of the King of Pop performing during his successful career.
Lee's "This Is It" music video has now made its way online and you can check it out below.
That concert would have been huge, I finally got an HD rip of This is It about a week ago. Enjoyed it being the MJ fan I am. The amount of tickets that were pre sold in the short time after it was announced was just insane.
Rangerwrites: on December 30th, 2009 at 1:55:17 AM
Yep... it was.
Y'know... haters don't like to talk much about how MJ actually practiced being the 'Man in the Mirror' by giving up hundreds of millions of his own $'s to children s charities around the world without the media to doc*ment it, because he was modest.
I don't know what will come of they going after his Dr. (rightfully) if any facts at all. But I'm pretty sure MJ wasn't in the physical condition to complete 50 concerts. And he did make a comment to someone (after all 50 sold out) that he knew he couldn't top that, and it wouldn't be a bad not to go out on.
VDODSONwrites: on December 30th, 2009 at 2:34:46 AM
If MJ was actually innocent, may all those who smeared his name burn in hell. Reminds me a little of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Rangerwrites: on December 30th, 2009 at 2:47:07 AM
Yeah he said there was no way he was going to be able to do 50, he originally wanted 10. He certainly was a giver, thinking of how all the Dangerous Tour profits went to charity, like that's insane 100 million dollars given away.
I've suddenly lost any respect I had for Spike Lee.
Rangerwrites: on December 30th, 2009 at 3:15:14 AM
@TH3D4RKKN1GH7 - Yes. I've heard from $100mil. to upwards of $300mil. he gave of his OWN fortune. For NO media attention, no 'career/publicity advancement' etc. Great on him. And the world repaid him with suspicion. I'm grateful for what he left us. I feel sorry for the life we (the world) gave him. I (sincerely) believe all the gold-diggers, media (hype), scammers, those just plain o' jealous of his success crushed a sensitive, kind man's heart.
Some people on this topic are very, very rude! Michael declined about the abuses of children, even the boy that once claimed MJ abused on him declined it a few months before just that his father forced him to do that once.
Pay some respect, man! Whatever killed MJ was also you type of people (not everybody on this topic, some of them) who could never understand him in the way he was trying to explain things...
Some say Michael should be thought of as nothing more than an 80s artefact, a relic of the bad, brash, Lucas-filmed, pre-Aids, pre-9/11 years, when we thought the whole world loved America and people adored their stars like the old movie idols from back in the day. But what they fail to realize is this; every kid I know is discovering Star Wars for the first time. The Sistine Chapel is no less beautiful now than it was when its painter first stepped down and exhaled. Michael often quoted Michelangelo who said: I will bind my soul to my work. This is what Michael Jackson did. He put all that young idealism, that thirst for freedom, that yearning to move and be moved, his love and joy, his rage, his pain, his sorrow, his confusion and his loss - into his work. And when all the lies and the untruths have faded with time, and those predators who even now pick at his memory like vultures to the bone have finished their feasting his work will remain.
Is this it? I think I got diabetes from this song. I mean, I like to screw chil...hrm...I like MJ's old songs as much as the next person, but this was total crap. Perhaps he went soft after all the children fondling.
"Whatever killed MJ was also you type of people (not everybody on this topic, some of them) who could never understand him in the way he was trying to explain things..."
What killed Jacko was a drug addiction stemming from guilt of his crimes and the sickness that made him destroy his own face. The creep just had to get high one last time. You can't really blame anyone else but him for his own miserable twisted life.
Rangerwrites: on December 30th, 2009 at 8:47:40 PM
Agreed. Everyone is ultimately responsible for their own life.
MJ should have had the crap in his head about his dad fixed decades ago.
I think if I ever meet Joe Jackson, I'll punch that old, crusty, ignorant f*cker so hard in the head, he'll be able to actually see Michael for about 10 minutes!
I'm so glad you're here. Finally, someone with the chutzpah to just say it. I mean, who was Michael Jackson anyway? It's not like his work had any impact culturally, it's not like he impacted music, art or dance or did anything as significant like make a seminal album that pretty much defines - timelessness. Heck, we all do that every day of the week.
It's not like this guy did anything for anyone else either? Anyone can give away their earnings each night from the Victory Tour, the Dangerous Tour, visit countless orphanges before shows and put serious money into improving the lives of thousands of children. So what if he donated the money he was given as compensation from the horrific burns he recieved during the Pepsi advert to a hospital for children. Or spent thousands of hours allowing children who had never seen wildlife animals to visit his ranch. And all that stuff about befriending Ryan White when everyone else was turning their back. Big deal.
Really, this sympathy for a man who went through a teensy little trial in front of the full glare of the worlds len's on the strength of the some rabid grifter mother's words - who incidentally had a history of lying for compensation. Hell, I got given a parking ticket for no reason last week, but you don't see me crying do you?
And don't even get me started on the money, time and effort, Michael Jackson invested into increasing compassion and awareness about Aids in the early 1980's when ignorance and lack of funding in the treatment of this disease was widespread. And that Heal The World Foundation - so cheesy! Everyone does this stuff, everyone helps out right?
And of course, I was forgetting the hours you'd spent with Thomas Mesereau who went on record last week to state unequivocally that Michael was innocent. I had no idea you knew his children, his family and all the countless people who have telling us for months about their deep love for Michael and what his death has done to them.
Yes, thank God you're here. To remind us just how beautiful human nature is.
Especially when it speaks and acts from a place of profound ignorance.
read the court transcripts and what he does admit to. If you think there is nothing wrong with giving boys 11-13 wine, kissing them on the lips, and sleeping in their beds... then you have your own morality system.
the guy was a sicko and the world let him get away with it because he made catchy tunes and lived in a fantasy land.
I have read the court transcripts. Mr Jackson did not take the stand in his 2005 court case, therefore these acts you refer to are alleged only. They are not 'admitted' to by Mr Jackson. There is a difference.
Prove to me, Mr Jackson was guilty. You are simply regurgitating gossip and hearsay and a extortionate suit brought by by a grifter family against a known soft target.
And speaking of court transcripts, I have read a few others along the way also; namely, Janet Arviso's law-suit against J.C Penny where she 'alleged' she and her chidren were assulted by security guards - only after her family had been caught shoplifting of course.
Coincidence? Or a family with a startling propensity for being in the wrong place at the right time?
Wake up Rabid. This really isn't that difficult to put together. And like I said, the tunes are irrelevant.
Michael Jackson was/is completely innocent and you know not of what you speak.
@rabid - you and I have taken one-another to task over MJ before.
Do you SERIOUSLY BELIEVE that were is said IN COURT, in front of Judge and Jury, that he got minors drunk, made out with them, blew them, and they swallow his 'Jesus juice'... that he wouldn't have been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law?!
Deborah - clearly I agree with you as to MJ's innocence.
But here (and in life) the more you defend someone the more you're saving to others (and that world) that he needs the defending.
People will ALWAYS think what they want. And I (personally) am ok is someone doesn't agree with me (true then, it just makes their mother a whore, but whatever)... that will happen 'til the end of time.
You and I (and others) have our beliefs of MJ's innocence... others don't. I'm ok with that... you'd serve yourself better if you did too. The people that don't believe he was innocent will LONG outlive you and I, so why fight a losing battle.