Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special

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Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special
MJ30thposter.jpg
Promotional poster for Jackson's New York City show
Tour by Michael Jackson
LocationMadison Square Garden
New York City, New York, United States
Associated albumInvincible
Start dateSeptember 7, 2001
End dateSeptember 10, 2001
Shows2 in North America
2 in total
Michael Jackson tour chronology
HIStory World Tour
(1996-97)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special
(2001)
United We Stand: What More Can I Give
(2001)
 
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Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special
MJ30thposter.jpg
Promotional poster for Jackson's New York City show
Tour by Michael Jackson
LocationMadison Square Garden
New York City, New York, United States
Associated albumInvincible
Start dateSeptember 7, 2001
End dateSeptember 10, 2001
Shows2 in North America
2 in total
Michael Jackson tour chronology
HIStory World Tour
(1996-97)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special
(2001)
United We Stand: What More Can I Give
(2001)

The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special was a 2001 New York City revue show by Michael Jackson. It took place on September 7, 2001 and September 10, 2001. In late November 2001, the CBS television network aired the concerts as a two-hour special in honor of Michael Jackson's thirtieth year as a solo entertainer (his first solo single, "Got to Be There", was recorded in 1971). The show was edited from footage of two separate concerts Michael had orchestrated in New York City's Madison Square Garden on September 7 and September 10 of 2001. The shows sold out in five hours. Ticket prices were pop's most expensive ever; the best seats cost $5,000 and included a dinner with Michael Jackson and a signed poster. Jackson reportedly earned $7.5 million for each of the two concerts, which is over $150,000 per minute. The concert official Boxscore was $10,072,105 for both concerts.[1]

Marlon Brando appeared a few hours before Jackson's performance to speak about humanitarian work but it was not broadcast due to poor response from the audience. Raw footage can be found online.

Jackson received a diamond watch from Bank of America to wear during the show that was valued at $2 million. Jackson was due to return the watch to a Bank of America branch on the morning of September 11 at the World Trade Center.[2] Later, he started talking about how he might be able to use the song, "What More Can I Give" to raise money for the survivors of the September 11 attacks.


Televised program[edit]

First hour[edit]

Opening the show was Samuel L. Jackson's presentation of Usher, Whitney Houston & Mýa, performing a rendition of Michael's hit song "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", from his 1982 album, Thriller. First commercial break over, then Vanessa Amorosi from Australia arrived to perform hits including Absolutely Everybody and Shine, Among other performers and guests were Liza Minnelli singing "You Are Not Alone"; young Billy Gilman's performance of the 1972 song "Ben"; and James Ingram with Gloria Estefan singing Jackson's 1987 ballad, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You". Marc Anthony also sang "She's Out of My Life".

Second hour[edit]

The second hour featured the reunion of Michael and his brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, Marlon, and Tito for a "greatest hits" medley, including their headlining songs "Can You Feel It", "ABC", "The Love You Save", "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There", "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and "Dancing Machine" (with special guests, *NSYNC).

Following a short intermission, Chris Tucker then appeared onstage, recalls a humorous conversation between him and Jackson (imitating his voice) before announcing a live performance of "Billie Jean" (The broadcast version is different showing "The Way You Make Me Feel"/"Black or White"/"Beat It" and then "Billie Jean"). The superstar once again hit the stage, this time flanked by scores of dancers dressed as gang members for "Beat It". As Michael glided and danced his way across the floor, the crowd roared all the louder in appreciation. Immediately afterward, Slash was properly introduced for a rendition of "Black or White". Then, to wind things down, Jackson was joined by Britney Spears for a performance of "The Way You Make Me Feel". After, he performed his newest single, "You Rock My World", from the album Invincible. Michael was joined at the end of the song by Usher and Chris Tucker, who performed a robotic dance routine. (The broadcast version ends after "You Rock My World"). Near the end of the final song, Jackson and co. sang "We Are the World" onstage in an otherwise elaborate finale. Then the encore of "You Rock My World" was performed while Jackson danced only for the instrumental version of the song and did not sing.

The program attracted an audience of over 26 million viewers in the U.S. and over 450 million viewers worldwide, making it the most watched TV special of the decade

Set lists[edit]

Friday, September 7[edit]

SongPerformer(s)
IntroductionSamuel L. Jackson
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"Usher
Mýa
Whitney Houston
Absolutely Everybody, ShineVanessa Amorosi
Humanitarian Speech
not televised
Marlon Brando
"Ben"Billy Gilman
"Angel"
"It Wasn't Me"
ShaggyRayvonRikrok
"You Can't Win" - The WizJill Scott as the Scarecrow
"Ease on Down the Road" - The WizMonica as Dorothy
Jill Scott as the Scarecrow
Al Jarreau as the Tin Man
Deborah Cox as the Cowardly Lion
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"James Ingram
Gloria Estefan
"She's Out of My Life"Marc Anthony
"Heal the World"Mýa
Deborah Cox
Rah Digga
Monica
Tamia
The Brooklyn Youth Choir
"You Are Not Alone"
"Never Never Land" not televised
"Over the Rainbow" not televised
Liza Minnelli
"Bootylicious"Destiny's Child
"Crying Time"
not televised
Ray Charles
Casandra Wilson
"Speech"
Elizabeth Taylor
"Can You Feel It"
"HIStory Intro"
"I Want You Back"
"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
"ABC"
"The Love You Save"
"I'll Be There"
The Jacksons
"Dancing Machine"The Jacksons
*NSYNC
"The Way You Make Me Feel"Michael Jackson
Britney Spears
"Billie Jean"Michael Jackson
"Black or White"
"Beat It"
Michael Jackson
Slash
"You Rock My World"Michael Jackson and all artists at the end.

Monday, September 10[edit]

SongPerformer(s)
IntroductionSamuel L. Jackson
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"Usher
Mýa
Deborah Cox
Absolutely Everybody, ShineVanessa Amorosi
"Ben"Billy Gilman
"Home" - The Wiz
not televised
Monica as Dorothy
"Ease on Down the Road" - The Wiz
not televised
Monica as Dorothy
Jill Scott as the Scarecrow
Al Jarreau as The Tin Man
Deborah Cox as the Cowardly Lion
"You Are Not Alone"
"Never Never Land" not televised
Liza Minnelli
"Speech"
Elizabeth Taylor
"Get Ur Freak On"Missy Elliott
Nelly Furtado
"Man in the Mirror"Usher
Luther Vandross
98 Degrees
"I Want Candy"Aaron Carter
"I Will Survive"Gloria Gaynor
"I'll Never Love This Way Again"Dionne Warwick
"Midnight Train to Georgia"Gladys Knight
"I Do (Cherish You)"98 Degrees
"My Baby"
"I Want You Back"
Romeo
Master P
"Can You Feel It"
"HIStory Intro"
"ABC"
"The Love You Save"
"I'll Be There"
"I Want You Back"
The Jacksons
"Dancing Machine"The Jacksons
"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"The Jacksons
"The Way You Make Me Feel"
"Billie Jean"
Michael Jackson
"Black or White"
"Beat It"
Michael Jackson
Slash
"You Rock My World"
Michael Jackson
Usher
Chris Tucker
"We Are the World"All Artists
Kenny Rogers
Yoko Ono
Quincy Jones

Concert Dates[edit]

DateCityCountryVenue
September 7, 2001New York CityUnited StatesMadison Square Garden
September 10, 2001

Personnel[edit]

Lead performer


Band members
Music department
  • Music supervisor: Sam Harris
  • Arrangements: Greg Phillinganes, Joey Melotti, Jonathan Barrick
  • Music mixer: Brad Buxer, Michael Durham Prince, Jim Caruana, Thomas Cadley
  • Music recordist: Kooster McAllister
  • Vocal director: Sam Harris

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boxscore Top 10 Concert Grosses". Page 14. Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2001. 
  2. ^ Frank Cascio's Book: My Friend Michael; An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man