This Is It 2009

This Is It

Set list (as of June 25, 2009)

Wanna Be Startin’ Somthin’
The Drill/They Don’t Care About Us
Human Nature
Smooth Criminal
The Way You Make Me Feel
J5 Medley : I Want You Back, The Love You Save, I’ll Be There
Off The Wall Medley : Rock With You, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Shake Your Body
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
Black or White
Dirty Diana
Beat It
Earth Song
We Are The World/Heal The World
Billie Jean
Man In The Mirror/MJ Air (Encore)
On Some Shows, Stranger In Moscow was set to replace Human Nature. The same thing was due to The Way You Make Me Feel and You Rock My World. Bad was rumored to be performed on select dates. Michael was slated to premiere a song called Best of Joy on the final concert.

Dates (all cancelled)

First Leg
July 13, 2009 London United Kingdom The O2 Arena
July 16, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 22, 2009
July 24, 2009
July 26, 2009
July 28, 2009
July 30, 2009
August 1, 2009
August 3, 2009
August 10, 2009
August 12, 2009
August 17, 2009
August 19, 2009
August 24, 2009
August 26, 2009
August 28, 2009
August 30, 2009
September 1, 2009
September 3, 2009
September 6, 2009
September 8, 2009
September 10, 2009
September 21, 2009
September 23, 2009
September 27, 2009
September 29, 2009
Second Leg
January 7, 2010 London United Kingdom The O2 Arena
January 9, 2010
January 12, 2010
January 14, 2010
January 16, 2010
January 18, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 25, 2010
January 27, 2010
January 29, 2010
February 1, 2010
February 3, 2010
February 8, 2010
February 10, 2010
February 12, 2010
February 16, 2010
February 18, 2010
February 20, 2010
February 22, 2010
February 24, 2010
March 1, 2010
March 3, 2010
March 6, 2010

Michael Jackson – vocals, show direction, choreographer
Orianthi Panagaris – guitar
Tommy Organ – guitar
Alex Al – bass
Jonathan Moffett – drums
Michael Bearden – keyboards, musical director
Morris Pleasure – keyboards
Bashiri Johnson – percussion
Dorian Holley – vocals, vocal direction
Judith Hill – vocals
Darryl Phinnessee – vocals
Ken Stacey – vocals
Michael Jackson
Daniel Yao
Nicholas Basir
Daniel Celebre (a.k.a. Da FunkyMystic)
Mekia Cox
Chris Grant (a.k.a. Kriyss Grant)
Misha Gabriel
Shannon Holtzapffel
Devin Jamieson
Charles Klapow
Ricardo Reid (aka Dres Reid)
Danielle Rueda Watts
Tyne Stecklein
Timor Steffens (a.k.a. Timor Dance)
Production and other personnel
Kenny Ortega – show direction
Alif Sankey – associate production
Michael Cotten – production design
Michael Curry – production design
Michael Jackson & Travis Payne – choreography
Stacy Walker – choreography assistance
Tony Testa – choreography assistance
Patrick Woodroffe – lighting design
David Elsewhere – dance coaching
Shahzad Perez – Specialty Act
Gregg Smith – casting direction
Karen Faye Heinze – hair and make-up
Zaldy Goco – chief of costume design
Michael Bush – costume design
Dennis Thompkins – costume design
AEG Live – promotion
Dave Polich – synth programming

Commercial release

None of the concerts ever happened.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It is a 2009 American documentary–concert film directed by Kenny Ortega that documents Michael Jackson’s rehearsals and preparation for his concert series of the same name that was originally scheduled to start on July 13, 2009, but was cancelled due to his death eighteen days prior on June 25. The film consists of Jackson rehearsing musical numbers, directing his team, and additional behind-the-scenes footage including dancer auditions and costume design. Ortega confirmed that none of the footage was originally intended for release, but after Jackson’s death it was agreed that the film be made. The footage was filmed in Los Angeles at the Staples Center and The Forum, and features a clip from O2 Arena where Jackson publicly announced the concert series.

Concert promoter AEG Live has faced criticism since the film’s confirmation, largely in the form of accusations that the film was made simply for profit. Multiple members of Jackson’s family refused to support the film, and some family members even attempted to stop the film agreement in August 2009. In the same month, however, a judge approved a deal between Jackson’s estate, AEG Live, and Columbia Pictures. The agreement allowed Columbia to edit the hundreds of hours of rehearsal footage needed to create the film. Columbia subsequently paid $60 million for the film rights.

Despite originally being set for October 30, the film’s release date was rescheduled for October 26, 2009 due to a strong demand by Jackson’s fans. The film was given a worldwide release and a limited two-week theatrical run from October 28 to November 10, 2009, but theatrical release was later extended. Tickets went on sale a month early (on September 27) to satisfy a high anticipated demand; the film broke numerous records via tickets both presale and sales worldwide.

This Is It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in North America on January 24, 2010 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

TV/Bottlegs/You Tube :

This Is It aired on TV and is available on Netflix.


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