What you think about the 30th Anniversary concerts?

Galactus123

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What you think about the two 30th Anniversary concerts? I just watched the best quality version we have and I really enjoyed it. I hadn't watched the full thing in a long time. Michael wasn't at his best at these concerts but I think its still fun to watch. My favorite is The Jacksons part because Michael is singing live(I know they did some dubbing for the tv version). One thing I don't like is the set list when he performed solo. I'm suprised that he didn't perform Dangerous because he perfomed that a lot and I would have added Thriller and Man in the Mirror too. I don't like how they changed the song order for the tv version. It doesn't make any sense. They show Michael performing Black or White with the Billie Jean outfit before Billie Jean. I wonder why Michael used the Billie Jean outfit for it? He could have worn the white shirt again that he had when performing with his brothers earlier. They did a good job with the editing but I hate the blur effect they added on Michael's cheeks. Its very noticeable when you know about it. I wish they would have showed the band more. Greg Phillinganes is there but we never see him.

I wouldn't be against it if they released this concert on DVD/Blu-Ray at some point. They need to add some extra material like a documentary. Also behind the scenes/rehearsal footage and good quality version of TWYMMF peformance with Britney and this:

[video=youtube;e8Z7kj_PVJc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Z7kj_PVJc[/video]
 
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mj_frenzy

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The only good thing about these two MSG 2001 shows is the electrifying atmosphere and reactions from the audience.

Other than that, there are a lot of issues:

For instance, Michael Jackson appeared to be bored and uninterested while performing, he also lip-synced his solo numbers, and his dancing was substandard.

Also, the on stage chemistry between him and Britney Spears is non-existent (in ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’), and that performance looks like an ordeal for her (remember, at one point she backed out of her commitment to perform that song but her label forced her to perform).

In case of a DVD/Blu-Ray release, the version with Lori Werner (in ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’) is preferable because she is more playful and she interacts better with the singer.

Also, ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Thriller’ (two dark songs) could not have fitted the celebratory mood of these two nights.

You cannot include ‘Dangerous’ with the dancers who wear these red, ‘bloody’ gloves, or ‘Thriller’ with the ‘zombies’ that dance on stage.

Also, his ‘You Rock My World’ performances are both rather embarrassing: Michael Jackson struggles to come up with some new, exciting dance moves and all that he does is a total dancing rehash.
 

analogue

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The good
1. The reunion with his brothers. Mainly because he actually sings live there. And it was great to hear some old classics he hadn't performed it a while (Can You Feel It and Shake Your Body)
2. The audience reaction and excitement
3. Michael had some nice live adlibs on a couple of his solo songs. The Way You Make Me Feel (With Lori Werner) and Billie Jean (Sep 7th) in particular had some cool adlibs.

The bad:
1. Michael looked uninterested and didn't want to be there which connects to my next point
2. I don't know what was going on health wise, but Michael IMO didn't look healthy enough to be performing. Credit to him for pushing through it, but he didn't look up to it.
3. Slash's Beat It guitar solo. Slash is a great guitarist but his solo for that song just wasn't good.
4. Nothing to do with the performances themselves but the awful editing of the Sep 7th and 10th shows. Take Billie Jean for example. On that one they edited out all the cool adlibs from the Sep 7th show but then they also edited out the better dancing from the Sep 10th show.
 

Galactus123

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Also, the on stage chemistry between him and Britney Spears is non-existent (in ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’), and that performance looks like an ordeal for her (remember, at one point she backed out of her commitment to perform that song but her label forced her to perform).

In case of a DVD/Blu-Ray release, the version with Lori Werner (in ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’) is preferable because she is more playful and she interacts better with the singer.

Also, ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Thriller’ (two dark songs) could not have fitted the celebratory mood of these two nights.

You cannot include ‘Dangerous’ with the dancers who wear these red, ‘bloody’ gloves, or ‘Thriller’ with the ‘zombies’ that dance on stage.
That TWYMMF performance could be just extra material. They don't need to replace the solo one. I think Thriller and Dangerous could have easily been performed. Thriller isn't very dark. Beat It choreography they used is a lot darker. One of the dancers got stabbed on stage. :D
 
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SmoothCriminal1995

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I'm not a fan if I'm honest. I know all the terrible circumstances surrounding that point in his life but Mike was far from his best, although I haven't seen them in a long time. I remember feeling disappointed these were Michael's "last performances" (aside from a few charity performances in 2002)
I wish he would have been on the form he was in at the MJ and Friends concerts in 1999, he looked more energised and healthy there, even more than he did on parts of the HIStory Tour.

It was great see MJ reunite with his brothers and perform in front of an American audience again, they looked really excited and ready to watch him again
 

analogue

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He looked great and in full come back mode in 1999. Probably because Invincible was supposed to be released that year, so he was in the comeback mindset. But after issues with Sony and the album getting delayed I think he just stopped caring.
 

Hess

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If Invincible had been released in late 1999, or as the first album in the new millenium - january 1st 2000 - many things could have been different.

The entire SONY battle was a disaster - in many ways.

Had the album been released late 1999, maybe MJ would have toured before 9/11 and we would have had more concerts...
 

datblackboi08

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When it originally aired in 2001 I was in 6th grade. At the time, I was just excited to see anything MJ on TV. This was during a time when people still had dial up internet. This was before YouTube and Limewire times. The only shows we had access to were Motown 25, The Legend Continues VHS, a TV recording of Bucharest 1992, Dangerous Short Films, History Short Films and whatever shows VH1 used to air. Anything else MJ had to be bought on Ebay. I still find MSG 2001 enjoyable because it was his last true live performance. I find it kind of annoying that it has been analyzed in so many ways for people to critic what was bad about it. Was MJ at his best? No. But the significance of the anniversary was that we did get that one last show. I appreciate it for what it was.
 

Smooth72

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Not his best performance. I don’t really like watching it, he is off to say the least. Constantly covering his mouth so we can’t see the lip sync and he doesn’t like to make eye contact with the cameras 🎥.
 

dam2040

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I love it. The JacksonÂ’s medley is great & Michael moves well.

I do know however it is a product of careful editing as his performance on the 7th wasnÂ’t him at his best.
 

Hess

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I really wnjoy the Jacksons part. - even though it's dubbed it's clearly live. - So that part I enjoy a lot.

And the solo part is also OK. Had he sung that part live too it would have been truely great.
 

R1chard

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It's clearly just TV promo. I barely know any of the guests. It's not long enough to count as a live performance. And for me, he lipsyncs too much for the event to be taken seriously. Needed a few more songs from Invincible as well.
 

somewhereinthedark

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I loved the energy of the concert. However, it was obvious that a lot of things were going on with Michael personally. He didnÂ’t look in the best of health; however, his stage presence was energetic. I really donÂ’t know how he did it with the way he seemed to feel. There was also the Huge Issue of Sony/Mottola sabotaging the Invincible album. That was weighing heavily on MichaelÂ’s mind and it was extremely obvious. This sabatoge of the album affected Michael physically and emotionally. It was also said that MichaelÂ’s family was pressuring him to do a project with them. Considering all of those things, I enjoyed the Anniversary concert.
 

SoCav

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Is it just me, or is there something about these shows that makes them feel incredibly dated? I don't know if it's the guest performers or what, but they are much less timeless than his other concerts.

Overall, I am not a big fan of these shows. MJ was just not in a good place, unfortunately. With that said, it was cool to see him perform with his brothers, and the energy for their set was good. Live vocals always trump lip syncing.
 

Hess

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I never watch the entire concert. - It is only interesting from J5-performance and MJ solo performance.

And J5 and MJ performances does not seem dated to me.
 

lubyss

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It's clearly just TV promo. I barely know any of the guests. It's not long enough to count as a live performance. And for me, he lipsyncs too much for the event to be taken seriously. Needed a few more songs from Invincible as well.
Barely know any of the guests??? Like really? Destinys Child, Whitney houston, Liza Minelli, Gloria Gaynor... If you barely know theese legends, there is something wrong on this world....

Back on the topic... I like the shows... Love the Dancing Machine and the orchestra instrumental in Beat It and Billie Jean... instrumentally theese two are best composed songs on theese two shows... And I am glad, they pitched MJs vocals a bit down...

The TV editing is just horible... changing setlist, cutting the best parts of BJ...
 

Nite Line

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Positives:
- I love the Jacksons reunion. That was by far the highlight of the concert. And it was nice to see Michael sing live.
- MichaelÂ’s vocals, although not perfect, sounded way better than they did at the History Tour.
- Ending of Billie Jean.

Negatives:
- Expected Lip syncing during solo songs. It was so disappointing that Michael so frequently resorted to lip syncing.
- Set list for the solo songs was poor. No Dangerous, MITM, Smooth Criminal.
- TWYMFF with Britney was cringe. It was kinda cringe seeing MJ in his 40s trying to woo a teenage Britney Spears. Also the chemistry between the two just wasnÂ’t there.
- Performance of You Rock My World was unimaginative.
 

Snek

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I love the performance on the 10th. To me it has a great spirit, even if MJ isnÂ’t in the best shape. The JacksonsÂ’ section is amazing, the intro to TWYMMF is sublime, and I particularly like the Beat It performance on this night.
 

wonderouzmj

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When it originally aired in 2001 I was in 6th grade. At the time, I was just excited to see anything MJ on TV. This was during a time when people still had dial up internet. This was before YouTube and Limewire times. The only shows we had access to were Motown 25, The Legend Continues VHS, a TV recording of Bucharest 1992, Dangerous Short Films, History Short Films and whatever shows VH1 used to air. Anything else MJ had to be bought on Ebay. I still find MSG 2001 enjoyable because it was his last true live performance. I find it kind of annoying that it has been analyzed in so many ways for people to critic what was bad about it. Was MJ at his best? No. But the significance of the anniversary was that we did get that one last show. I appreciate it for what it was.
I had to see if I wrote this lol but man vh1 were the mj glory days in the 90s but your exactly right! I remember being so excited for the trailers & the 1st time it came on I was on a natural high I couldn't come down from. After time I still used to get really really excited when it reaired constantly everytime...the only con was sitting through all the acts waiting for j5/mj. At the time they were even cutting performances...I guess due to time or whatever but I remember dancing with him & at times the 10 year old me could not figure out what was wrong with my idol. He never opened his eyes & he covered his mouth most of the show, he couldn't move his top lip. Had no idea that he was on medication as to at the time I wasn't aware or had never seen anyone in my life high & if I did I didn't know because I didn't know what high was at 10 & the fact the he nor the band could see each other was a huge mistake. I really wonder what that show could've been had mj been in his right mind. Like the 1999 friends show or the TV guide interview. I mean if you compare the TV guide interview with the interview after the 30th anniversary shows when he claimed to be happy going back on stage with his brothers & etc.

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