Michael Jackson got here in touch with a large quantity of stars over time, having rubbed shoulders with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana. He even went on to marry the one little one of Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie, in May 1994. And only a few months after they tied the knot, the Thriller singer accompanied his spouse and her mom, Priscilla Presley, to a tribute they had been holding for the legendary King of Rock N Roll on October 8, 1994.
Jackson, his sister Janet, Lisa Marie, and Priscilla all sat on the prime of the auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee for the occasion, titled Elvis Aaron Presley – The Tribute, which was held to mark 17 years for the reason that star’s dying.
The present noticed singers and performers equivalent to Bryan Adams and Billy Ray Cyrus pay tribute to the late star to honour his life, and certainly the legacy he left behind.
While Jackson did not carry out on the occasion, he did make an look because the present opened when he, Lisa Marie and Priscilla all stood up out of their seats in view of the sold-out studio viewers.
But when the digital camera panned as much as the King of Pop, the gang went wild with applause.
Jackson started guffawing, and could not assist however look shy in any respect the eye he was receiving.
The star sat down however when the viewers merely would not cease clapping, he rotated and jokingly pulled a curtain in entrance of him, earlier than masking his face together with his palms.
Although the occasion actually had nothing to do with him, Priscilla stood up for a second time and gestured in the direction of Jackson, encouraging him to obtain the applause.
Jackson obliged earlier than returning to his seat, and the present moved on to play a video of Elvis singing the emotional If I Can Dream.
Just earlier than Jackson’s dying he was working tirelessly on his ultimate string of residency reveals on the O2 in London, referred to as This Is It.
While these reveals by no means happened, numerous hours of preparations and rehearsals had been held to get the reveals as excellent as they could possibly be.
Recently, his guitarist, Orianthi, spoke out about working with the pop legend just before his death.
The 35-year-old advised Ultimate Guitar: “There had been a number of surprises. Obviously, we needed to signal non-disclosure agreements and I do not know in the event that they nonetheless stand or if I can discuss every part freely lately.
“But there have been a number of issues that had been going to be fairly epic. It was going to be one of many biggest reveals on Earth. That’s for certain.”
The Australian singer went on to reward Jackson for being so good and inspirational to her.
She stated: “I realized a lot. I am unable to even actually… there was a lot I realized from [Jackson].
“It was truly an honour and I’m so grateful to have had that time with him because he pushed everyone to be better.”