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    On the HIStory Tour in 1997 the leans for Smooth Criminal just weren't as great as they previously were. Why is this? Did Michael have an injury between 1996 and 1997 that stopped him from leaning as far as he used to?

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    Cue MJfrenzy saying it's because of his pain killer addiction.

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    On some shows maybe there was some technical problems that stopped him from not leaning that far?

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    Probably age starting to catch up to him.

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    MJ was 39....not to mention that doing that lean for all of 1992/1993 and 1996 during shows takes a toll on your body. Even with the specially designed shoes that lean requires a different kind of core strength.

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    The leans from May to July were fine, including munich, but MJ stopped leaning forward from August, especially in copenhagen and helsinki.

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    I get that Michael was getting older, but would just one year really make that big a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Themidwestcowboy View Post
    Cue MJfrenzy saying it's because of his pain killer addiction.
    I was gonna say the same thing!

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    He may have been more cautious after falling in a lean during a 1996 Tokyo show.

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    I would have loved if Michael alternated between the lean and the choreography done on the Bad Tour. As iconic as the lean is, those extra dance moves are cool to see too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Themidwestcowboy View Post
    Cue MJfrenzy saying it's because of his pain killer addiction.



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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    I believe it was age. he was 39 and doing it since 1987. i think even his moonwalk was alittle slower and shorter too.



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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketeer View Post
    I would have loved if Michael alternated between the lean and the choreography done on the Bad Tour. As iconic as the lean is, those extra dance moves are cool to see too
    Yeah, when I first saw that middle choreo I thought it was awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureCriminal7896 View Post
    I believe it was age. he was 39 and doing it since 1987. i think even his moonwalk was alittle slower and shorter too.
    He didn't start doing the lean live until 1992. And I think it's funny how people say it was his age. He was 39, not 139. And only a year before that in 1996 his leans were much better. One year really wouldn't make that big a difference.

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    Default Re: Smooth Criminal leans on HIStory Tour 1997

    either it was age or like mjfrenzy said drugs. at first i laugh at that comment but now i do agree with him. michael was on drugs prescription drugs all his life for his head and sleep and other pains he had while falling off stage etc. so yes it probably was something with the drugs.



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