Despite the earlier controversy at the opening night in Beijing (Article), the shows were still a resounding success during its run in China. We actually bought the tickets well in advance in May, as part of a friend’s birthday gift.
Everyone was looking forward to the show – though a good friend of mine had to miss it due to a business trip and his flight being delayed (yikes, what’s new). But many didn’t know what to expect. What did happen was an amazing display of flexibility and stunts by the Cirque du Soleil group, beautiful stage layout, beautiful mix of CGI and live acts, snippets of Michael’s music videos and performances, and Michael’s prerecorded voice leading all the live backing vocals and live musicians. It was an incredible set.
Near the end of the night, as Man In The Mirror was played, the crowd started chanting for Michael, standing up to sway along to the beat, throwing their hands up, as the troupe went all out for their final performance. A beautiful portrait of Michael and his all-famous hat pose was displayed on the big screen at the end of the night, generating screams from fans. I guess many years can go by, but you can never take the crazy out of MJ’s fans.
This tour started on October 2, 2011, in Montreal, and moved on from North America to Europe, to finally arrive in Asia in May, 2013. Hong Kong will be its final stop in Asia before Australia. The show will be ending its world tour finally in Johannesburg, South Africa. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Michael, it’s a great option for an unforgettable night out with friends. But if you are a huge fan of Michael, it’s definitely a must-watch. Nothing can ever replace the real King of Pop, but this would be the closest thing you’d ever get to attend a Michael Jackson concert again, and bask in the company of other great Michael fans.
*Pictures weren’t allowed – and I’m amazing at following rules so no pictures here. But that doesn’t mean you can’t peek at google images 🙂