Chances are the last song you would have heard as you read this and which is still going around in your head is “Thriller”. There’s no escaping Michael Jackson’s music everywhere you went this past week, even in elevators and Starbucks.
Tuesday , July 7, will be Michael Jackson’s memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and more than 1.6 million fans worldwide registered for tickets to the event over the two-day registration period that ended yesterday, not a few from the country. Random names from the registrants will be drawn electronically and the lucky few will know by Sunday evening (Monday morning in Manila). Only 11,000 tickets will be given out for the Tuesday service while another 6,500 tickets will be given away for the Nokia Theater overflow section next door. Anyone from the Philippines lucky enough to be picked will have to fly off to L.A. within a few hours of being informed to make it to Tuesday’s affair. One will have to head for the venue immediately after landing at LAX. My bags are packed and ready.
This is possibly the biggest memorial service for a non-political or religious personage in history. It will be the first truly global event in this age of online streaming and social networking. Every fan who has access to the internet will be a participant.
Nothing is too big or flamboyant for the King of Pop, even in death. And it looks like it’s going to be a long goodbye, as he or at least his image and music, won’t being going away anytime soon. In fact, he’s proving to be a bigger draw in death than during the past decade or so of his life. Swept under the rug for the time being are the charges of pedophilia and other excesses which led to his downward slide. He was a phenomenal talent, and this is what people chose to remember now that he’s gone.
Of course, he can’t escape the lurid and just plain weird as his post-mortem drama unfolds . From Olivia Munn’s blog:
They say the memorial is more of a concert with guest speakers, music, video screens inside and out and Michael Jackson’s body hanging from the rafters like a pinata!…. okay, that last part isn’t happening. But, they never said it wouldn’t happen…. so technically, they could be hanging MJ’s body from the ceiling with an awesome light show. Yeah- that sounds like an awesome rumor- let’s go with that.
Of course it won’t happen. Will it ?