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News-Antique.com - Sep 13,2009 - Santa Fe, Sept. 13, 2009 -- Michael Jackson stood center stage, unquestionably the star of the show in his white-sequined glove and shirt. The group started off the set in Kansas City with “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin.’’
They started something alright.
At first it was hard to tell if the music or the screaming crowd was the loudest. After the one hour and 45-minute set ended, the Jackson’s’ ruled.
Between Michael’s dance moves, his singing and the visual effects the audience was frenzied. Michael kicked showmanship up to a whole new level that night.
Heroes show up in all kinds of guises. The American showman P.T. Barnum was one of Michael’s big heroes. No surprise really. In the 19th century Barnum understood more than most how to thrill an audience and command a room.
Michael gave members of his staff copies of Barnum’s autobiography. He said he wanted his career to be the greatest show on earth just like the grand showman. Michael also fell on hard times like Barnum.
Musically, Michael just may have pulled off his quest to be the greatest show on earth.
On June 26-27, Julien’s Auction, West Hollywood, Calif., featured a selection of Jackson memorabilia in its summer sale. Michael’s long-sleeve Victory tour costume shirt covered in small pearls and Swarovski crystals sold for $52,500.
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