The Immortal World Tour is off and running
It was a special event Sunday night with the world premiere of The Immortal World Tour. The tour celebrated the legacy and music of Michael Jackson and was produced by Cirque du Soleil. Since Jackson’s death in 2009, it is the largest project to be approved by the star’s estate.
The huge crowd, numbered at 13,000, included Jackson’s family: brothers Marlon, Jackie and Tito, his mother Katherine, and Jackson’s children, Blanket, Paris and Prince.
The performance was the start of a tour that will hit 47 cities. The first spot in the U.S. will be Detroit on October 15. Another important location is the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Casino, slotted for December. The tour will end in Chicago on July 20. At the end of 2013, an adaptation of the tour will be find a home in Las Vegas.
It was a damp, chilly evening in Montreal when the tour had its first presentation. Jackson fans came from far and wide, including LA and South America.
The performance features an incredible group of hits, both from the Jackson 5 days and from Michael’s solo works. The live band was combined with recorded vocals, arranged by Greg Phillinganes, a veteran of the Jackson entourage. The show was directed by Jamie King, and included Jackson’s trademark moves, done in the unique Cirque style.
For the song Human Nature, the stage was sprinkled with lights. Beat It featured the trademark white glove and a pair of shoes dancing to the beat. Thriller saw claws and zombies in tuxes.
The late star was virtually reborn, as his voice was heard with live accompaniment and old scenes projected onto a large screen. Said brother Tito, “That was Michael’s message — to help us understand that love is so important.”