Episode 087 – Happy 60th Birthday MJ!

On this episode celebrating Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday, Q, Elise and Jamon go on a trip down memory lane with special guest Sean Fitzgerald, who was part of the team who ran The Magic World of Michael Jackson Fan Club in the U.S. from 1989-1995. Sean recreates the incredible moments he experienced during this golden era for MJ fans, such as attending Michael’s fabled Bad World Tour shows at Madison Square Garden and having front-row access to the filming of MTV’s 10th Anniversary Special, where Michael performed Black or White and Will You Be There for the first time. He also talks about the infamous 1995 HBO Beacon Theatre show that was cancelled when Michael fell ill and organising ‘MichaelFest’ fan gatherings.

Plus, Sean goes into detail about his fan club’s very positive relationship with MJJ Productions, who invited Sean and other fan club organizers to their LA office on multiple occasions. Sean also gives interesting insight into how the fan community was organised pre-internet, and how that time contrasts to the online community today.

Sean Fitzgerald is based in New York, and now works in marketing. He’s been married to his high-school sweetheart (who is also an MJ fan!) for 27 years, and they have five children together. Sean is also very active in Church ministries (prison ministry, youth ministry and bible study) and has multiple degrees in Theology. He still has many very personal items from his collection of MJ memorabilia, including a range of items signed personally from Michael Jackson.

The MJCast can’t imagine a better way to celebrate sixty years of Michael than with these fantastic memories.

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Episode 016 – Jermaine Jackson is the Lord of the Rings

Episode 016 - Jermaine Jackson is the Lord of the Rings YouTube ArtJamon and Q discuss Michael Jackson’s The Way You May Me Feel being covered in an ancient Incan language, the new Off The Wall trailer/s, The Jackson’s latest tour dates and Jermaine Jackson’s incredible gift for his brothers. We also talk about Janet Jackson expanding her tour to cover Japan, her new song Unbreakable, the leaked and alternate Dirty Diana short film, and Katherine Jackson’s I Just Can’t Stop Loving You charity event (with a little help from friend of the show, Jerome Horne). Finally, we discuss a new remix album coming from La Toya Jackson, the latest news on Tony Succar’s Unity – A Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson and the new reality TV show all about 3T called The Jacksons: Next Generation.

News
MJ’s The Way You Make Me Feel covered by a 14-year-old Peruvian girl named Renata Flores in the ancient Incan language of Quecha.
The Off The Wall 35 spoof trailer
Tito Jackson goes on tour with his brothers and they perform at the NY State Fair.
The Jacksons appear on a morning show in Britain and Jermaine gifts his brothers custom J5 diamond rings.
Janet Jackson expands her tour to include Japan, announces a third US leg and releases her new song Unbreakable.
An alternate Larry Bridges version of the Dirty Diana short film has leaked.
A wrap up of day one and day two of Katherine Jackson’s I Just Can’t Stop Loving You charity event for Michael’s birthday courtesy of Sandra O’Brien and LMJ Magazine.
La Toya Jackson is set to release a remix package for her track Trouble.
The 2015 PBS Arts Fall Festival kicks off its second season with Tony Succar and his Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson televised concert on Friday the 9th of October at 9-10 ET.

Discussion Topic
Jamon and Q catch up about what they did on Michael’s birthday.

Finds of the Week
Jamon – The HIStatue t-shirt by Diana Walczak.
Q – The Jackson’s Original Album Classics boxed set and The Jackson’s Variety Show.

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Best of Joy remixed by Nick*
Janet Jackson’s All For You Tour Live in Hawaii DVD
Blood on the Dancefloor alternate 8mm video
La Toya Jackson’s Such a Wicked Love and Home
Sigal’s Easy Love featuring a sample of The Jackson 5’s hit song ABC
The Michael Jackson Story Quilt Project website and Facebook page
Jerome Horne’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts

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