Monday marked the three-year death of Michael Jackson.
Coincidentally, this weekend, starting tonight, the Cirque du Soleil production, “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” pulls into Philips Arena for three performances.
You’ll hear plenty of Jackson hits (and some less obvious songs) during the 90-minute show, which is a rousing homage with some spectacular choreography.
At times, Jackson himself returns via video and audio, which will make you tear up for lots of reasons.
So to prep you for this weekend’s shows, which have some Atlanta ties, or aid in your own remembrance of Jackson this week, here are five Jackson videos I think are worth watching. Sound off with your favorites below.
“The Making of ‘We Are the World’” – If you’ve never watched this exchange between Jackson and Quincy Jones as they record the guide vocal for “We Are the World,” you’ve missed something big. Because for a time – this time – Jackson actually looks happy.
“Gone Too Soon” – Jackson’s tribute to Ryan White that showcases the beautiful honeyed tones of Jackson’s voice, too often – especially in later years – cluttered by busy production.
“Come Together” – And then we hear the gritty side of Jackson’s voice in this slightly sanitized stomp-and-clap version of the Beatles classic. Don’t worry about those ridiculous fringed applets on his military jacket – they disappear pretty quickly.
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” – This 1987 performance clip from Japan reminds us about Jackson’s former backup singer who graduated to her own superstar career.
The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” – On his first appearance on “American Bandstand,” the tiny Jackson was adorable and charming, while his brothers laid down one of the catchiest bass lines in the group’s catalog.