The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

WHO: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will pay special tribute to the life and legacy of two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Jackson this weekend at its 12thannual Rock and Soul festival.  Jackson, 50, died on Thursday.

“Michael Jackson was one of the most creative and influential recording artists of the last 40 years,” said Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “He was uniquely gifted with his talent as a songwriter, dancer and performer. While we deeply mourn the loss of any Inductee, few have generated the response from fans like the tragedy we learned of this week. His legacy will live on for a long, long time.”

On Sunday, June 28, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will honor Michael Jackson during its annual Rock and Soul festival with video presentations in the 4th Floor Theater, including footage from his induction with the Jackson 5 in 1997 and his induction as a solo artist in 2001. Music from throughout Jackson’s career will play in the Museum during the weekend, as well.

At Noon, Terry Stewart will pay special tribute to the late Michael Jackson’s life and music on the Main Stage.  This event is free.  Scheduled to perform is Artistree, Christelle, Eddie Holman, Kharizmah, Malina Moye and Sylver Logan Sharp during the remainder of the day.

Fans are welcome to bring a Jackson-inspired memento to the event.  The Rock Hall will provide a memorial space in the Main Lobby.

The Rock Hall is proud to partner with WEWS Newschannel 5 to honor Michael Jackson with this event.

WHEN:  Sunday, June 28, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual Rock and Soul Festival is a celebration of African American music. The vitality its influence on American music and culture has been irresistible; its impact, profound and lasting. This soulful festival features performances by national and local artists and coincides with Black Music Month. 

About Michael Jackson
As a child star with the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson displayed showbiz savvy well beyond his years. He was 11 in 1970, when the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” their first single for Motown, hit Number One and sold more than 2 million copies. The precocious singer, dancer and frontman was largely responsible for the group’s remarkable success. The Jackson 5 are the only group in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100 to have their first four singles go to Number One, and they ultimately scored 13 Top 20 hits.

As a solo artist, Michael soared beyond the stardom he’d known with the Jacksons. The makeover from teen sensation to adult superstar began with his move from Motown to Epic Records in 1976. Jackson donned a tuxedo for the cover of Off the Wall (1979) and a casually elegant white suit for Thriller (1982). The music on those albums was sleek, polished dance-pop. Thriller became one of the biggest albums in pop history, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide and earning a record eight Grammys and more than 150 gold and platinum awards.

Jackson’s spectacular celebrity transformed him into the global icon of the 1980s. Onstage and in videos he cut a riveting figure, with his blackout shades, spangled glove and loafers. On March 25, 1983, Jackson performed “Billie Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary celebration at the Los Angeles Civic Center and debuted his signature moonwalk dance. Later that year MTV began playing the song’s video. It marked the first time the cable network had put a video by an African-American artist into heavy rotation. Jackson was a strong presence on MTV throughout the 1980s. He followed the phenomenal Thriller with Bad (1987), which launched five Number One singles (“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”)

Michael Jackson’s first release of the 1990s, Dangerous (1991), also topped the charts. Throughout the decade he fought both shifting musical tastes and the tabloids but continued to have Top 10 hits, including two from his greatest-hits collection: “You Are Not Alone” and “Scream,” a duet with his sister Janet. The video for “Scream” cost an unprecedented $4 million. He released Invincible in 2001.
In July 2008, after three years out of the spotlight, Jackson announced a series of concerts at London’s O2 Arena. Seventy-five thousand tickets sold in four hours when they went on sale in March 2009. However, some of the shows, initially scheduled to begin in July, were eventually postponed until 2010. On June 25, 2009, Jackson died from cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. 
Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997 and as a solo artist in 2001.

About the Michael Jackson Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a permanent exhibition dedicated to Michael Jackson in
the Legends of Rock exhibit in the Ahmet M. Ertegün Main Exhibit Hall.  All artifacts are collection of Michael Jackson unless otherwise noted and include the following collection pieces:

Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 Outfit, 1971
Design by Bill Whitten
collection of universal music group

Michael Jackson Grammy Award, 1984
Michael Jackson won eight Grammys for Thriller at the 1984 ceremony. He set the record for most Grammys for a single album, a record that has been matched only once, by Santana’s 1999 album, Supernatural.

Michael Jackson Jacket, 1984
Design by Bill Whitten
Michael Jackson wore this jacket to the 1984 Grammy ceremony.

Michael Jackson Mask, 1992
Design by Rick Baker
Michael Jackson wore this mask during performances of “Thriller” on the Dangerous world tour, 1992-1993, and the HIStory world tour, 1996-1997.

Michael Jackson Jacket, 1983
Design by Deborah Nadoolman
Michael Jackson wore this jacket in the video for “Thriller.” Directed by John Landis, the 14-minute video first aired on MTV on December 2, 1983, and set higher standards for music-video production with its intricate storyline and extensive use of makeup and costumes.

Michael Jackson Glove, 1992
Original design by Michael Jackson and Bill Whitten
Created by Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins
Michael Jackson wore this glove during performances of “Billie Jean” on his Dangerous tour.

Michael Jackson Outfit, 1992
Design by Michael Jackson, Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush
Michael Jackson wore this outfit during performances of “Billie Jean” on his Dangerous tour, 1992 - 1993.

Michael Jackson Outfit, 1987
Michael Jackson wore this outfit in his video for “Bad,” directed by Martin Scorsese. The song reached Number One.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its national educational programs, like 50 Winters Later.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day) the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (60+), $13 for children (9-12) and children under 8 and Museum members are free. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK.