Who would have predicted that when Michael Jackson announced his “This Is It Tour” on March 5, 2009 that a little over three months later the title of his concert tour would have a more prophetic meaning — his final heartbeat — his death on June 26, 2009 at 2:26PM.
Michael Jackson’s announcement on Sky News was heartfelt. “This is it… these will be my final show performances in London… when I say this is it, I mean this is it… this is the final curtain call… I’ll see you in July… and I love you, I really do… from the bottom of my heart!” Rolling Stone magazine reported on March 12, 2009 that the 50-concert affair, scheduled to start July 2009 and to continue until February of 2010, sold out within a week.
As the media and tabloids spew out of control covering every angle of the controversy and mystery surrounding Jackson’s death and his life, addressing and analyzing the fate of his children, the Jackson family, reactions and opinions of his life, death, and music, and his legacy, tributes to “The King of Pop” arise around the world. However, even though he is not even buried yet, there is too much coverage, too many discussions, and gossip about his estate, debt, his lavish lifestyle, his physicality, and other perceived negative aspects of Jackson’s personal life.
Michael Jackson is the “King of Pop” who changed music forever! We can all recite his hit songs and probably even the lyrics ("Bad," "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Black or White," "Dirty Diana," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Heal The World," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Man In The Mirror," "PYT," and so many more), but do we know and can we list the amount of time and money Michael Jackson spent helping others?