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Would a Michael Jackson comeback have worked?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by schiezainc, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    So my fiancee and I just saw 'This Is It' earlier today and it got me thinking, about this board especially.

    I remember when Jackson announced his plans to tour in London and saw this thread here->


    So, the question I ask is this. Knowing what you know now and seeing what you've seen of the response to Michael, do you think that, had the London shows taken place, Michael Jackson could have possibly had his career revived in the U.S.?

    Now, I don't want to ruin the movie for anyone here but the impression I got from watching him was that he still had it, he still had the voice and the dance moves and the ability.

    There's no denying the dude was in rough shape and this was nowhere near the Michael of the 80's/early 90's. But, that being said, I think if the images of Jackson in This Is It were what the London crowds got, and if the show was as good as it looked like it was going to be, I think he could have had that comeback we all secretly kind of expected.

    What say you? Was it too late for him? Has 'This Is It' changed your opinion on the matter?
  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

  3. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    I saw the movie a few days ago and I'm still thinking about it. It's not that it was an incredible movie by any stretch of the imagination, but I can't help but focus on those few moments where all of the ghoulishness he had been associated with for the last two decades just disappeared. There were times when the brain was convinced it was watching something from a very different era.

    I think he certainly had the moves and the voice to do this right, but it's impossible to judge the limits of his endurance from what was given to us in the film. I think the most underrated aspect of this comeback was the pioneering technological advances he was going to use for this production. Since only sketches, diagrams and unfinished props were shown in the film, it's impossible to tell how all of that would have went over, but I seriously think some of it was going to mind-boggling.
  4. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    See, that's the thing with me too.

    Up until I heard about his death, any time I heard the words 'Michael Jackson' I thought child molester.

    I wanted so bad not to fall back into the MJ trap but the movie got to me. It brought me back to those days when I didn't look at him as a freak, when I didn't think of him as a monster.

    That's why I think it might have worked. You figure he goes on to do those 50 shows. Obviously some of the footage is going to get out. Hell, they might have even released it as a DVD.

    Based on what I saw, he would have gotten nothing but positive press about the shows and you know that someone, somewhere was going to throw as much money as it took to get him back on stage in the US.

    Would it have been an instant comeback? No, not likely. But, given time, if he had the endurance, I think he could have gotten back to the top of music.

    Now, I'm not saying he would have changed everyone's mind. Hell, if he hadn't died, I'd still think of him as scum. But, I think deep down we all want to remember him as the MJ of old, the one that didn't have the plastic surgery, the one that didn't dangle his kid out of a window. I think the shows would have brought that MJ back to the forefront and I know that, even if I never outwardly admitted it, I'd be singing right along in my head.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Never dangled a kid out of a window. It was over a balcony railing. Get your facts straight. :D

    Oh, and yes.
  6. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Hollywood may forgive child molesters, but America doesn't.
  7. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    I never got the impression that Jackson's popularity had fallen off - if it had - because of his performances. I thought it was all solely due to his totally bizarre public personality. Hearing reviews of this movie makes me compare Jackson to another dead superstar more and more: Elvis. Even up to his death, he could still bring it with a great performance here and there, and a lot of addicts can manage to get through day-to-day activity (and performing) between crippling bouts of inactivity.
  8. bagelchick

    bagelchick Active Member

    I'm seeing the movie tonight. I've heard nothing but positive about it. I think his concerts would've started a comeback and he would've eventually landed in Vegas where all former superstars seem to end up lately.
  9. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Folks, he died after a series of REHEARSALS. All this talk about whether America and/or the world would have re-embraced the freak (sorry, but he was) is immaterial. There was no way he was ever going to be healthy enough to mount a comeback. Ever.
  10. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Something would have happened to cut the comeback short or cancel it outright. Medical drama, legal drama, something. The shows still would have sold out, and he would have had his supporters, but it's not like he wandered off the path after 1996. He had singles out after that and few people bought in. Enough for 50 theatrical shows? Sure. A full-fledged comeback? Probably not -- if he doesn't die in June, random people aren't playing Can't Stop Till You Get Enough in July.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Never convicted except in the court of public opinion, I should point out.

    If Latrell Sprewell and Mariah Carey and Richard Nixon can come back, so could've Jacko. He would've had to start in Europe, of course. He was still fricking huge on the continent at least (the UK tabs were even more fierce on him than the American press was).
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Not only that, but Hell No.
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