July 1988, Michael is presented with then called ‘Video Vanguard Award’ right before he steps foot on the Wembley stage where he was to shatter yet more world records.
Ticket demand for the five July dates exceeded 1.5 million, enough to fill the 72,000 capacity venue 20 times. Michael performed seven sold out shows, and more shows could have been added, but the venue had reached its quota for live performances. The third concert on July 16 was attended by Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles. On September 8, Michael was entered into the Guinness World Records, the first of three times from the tour alone - the Wembley shows were attended by a record 504,000 people.
Javon Beard: He’d planned a special gift for Prince: a seven-week-old chocolate Labrador puppy. But the people that Feldman arranged to get the dog from had arrived too early on Christmas Eve. Mr. Jackson didn’t want Prince to see the dog, and there was nobody else to step up, so I said, “I’ll take him for the night.”
I took the dog home, kept him at my house. Cute dog. Did not shut up. Whined and whimpered all damn night. I’d barely slept a couple hours when my phone started ringing off the hook. It was only six a.m., but somehow Prince had gotten wind of the surprise and wanted the puppy as soon as possible. So, I dragged my ass out of bed, put the puppy in the car, and drove it over. Little guy was whimpering and whining the whole way.
But the second I brought him inside Mr. Jackson’s house? He shut right up. He was suddenly as sweet and lovable as he could be, like he knew he was finally home. Prince went crazy. He loved that dog. Named it Kenya.
- Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days
“This is not the Grammys. This is church.”
"He’s like a magical faun with a curl. Very rare."
“This might be the most beautiful performance of our most beautiful song.”
"Mike just Eastside Stomped all over the Grammy stage. He is the chosen one."
"If you aren’t moved by this, you don’t have a soul."
“Few people have ever “left it on the field,” like Michael Jackson at the 1988 Grammys. No one’s ever done anything like this.”
"I just don’t get it. I don’t know how you remain glued to your seat as new religions are being formed onstage."
"Michael is shouting ad-libs at the audience, which is important, because if there’s one thing this performance is, it’s a sermon. He’s just up on that stage, converting lost souls.”
"In our eighth minute, we finally reach the filthiest breakdown in a live performance that I’ve ever heard. It’s just disgusting how good this is. And that’s only aided by the fact that Michael is writhing on the floor."
"Respect this mythical creature and his hops."
"I think Michael has blacked out. I don’t think he has any idea where he is."
"And now he’s deep-voice scatting and screaming. Yep, definitely blacked out. One hundred percent thinks he’s in Gary. So pleased with him."
"Look how frizzy his little curl mullet is. That’s what hard work looks like."
I love this review, so true and fun