Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Planned

Michael Jackson's hometown is planning a birthday tribute to the singer.

The late 'Thriller' hitmaker - who died of acute Propofol intoxication at his home in Los Angeles on June 25 last year - will be honoured with a special 'This Is It' birthday party outside his childhood home in Gary, Indiana on Saturday (28.08.10), the day before what should have been his 52nd birthday.

Gary Mayor Rudy Clay said: "The passing of our favourite son, Michael Jackson, is still fresh in our hearts. A year later, on the day before his birthday, we honour his memory as a great and giving person and as the world's greatest entertainer."

Michael's father, Joe Jackson, will attend a cake cutting ceremony at the tribute, which will also feature a group 'Thriller' dance.

As well as the birthday celebrations, a separate four-day MJFanvention begins in the town tomorrow (26.08.10).

The main attraction at the fan event will be a special tribute concert on Saturday, featuring Tony Award-winner Melba Moore and the late singer's former tour guitarist Jennifer Batten, as well as impersonator Edward Moss and a choir of Indiana residents.

A stage production based on the life and music of the legendary singer entitled 'Yesterday, Today & Forever ' will also take place in the town on Thursday (26.08.10).

Michael's mother Katherine Jackson unveiled an 8ft granite plaque in his honour at the house in Gary on the first anniversary of the King of Pop's death earlier this year.

The Jacksons left Gary in 1969 after the Jackson 5 became a successful recording group.

The Jackson Family Foundation - headed by the late singer's father - is planning to build a multi-million-dollar museum, golf course and performing arts centre in Michael's honour in the town.


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dramajul: I've been saying the same thing. Michael loved Neverland. Michael had his best memories there. I beleived if he lived, after the this is it concerts he probably would have returned to the home that he love so much. I hope they make it into something like a graceland so the fans can have a place to go instead of FL. I bet you his children loved Neverland as well & were devasted when they had to leave. Going back would have showed the haters that they did not win; they did not break him. He just needed time away to heal.
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I hate to have to read the comments of those who Claim to know Michael Jackson, especially pertaining to Neverland. His real fans know him well. We didn't just jump on his fan list after he died like a lot of people did. We supported him when he was down. His estate still owns half of Neverland!!!! If he hated the place so damn much why didn't he just get rid of it!!! It would of been so easy to sell it & pay off his debt. Yeah we all hold on to things that we hate, don't we!! Sure you're right!!!!
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EVERY MICHAEL S FAN W LL COME ONE DAY IN HIS LIFE TO THIS MICHAEL S MUSEUM IN GARY! BE SURE ALL THE WORLD W LL COMING.....
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I'm very calm Rochelle, but there's been a debate over this for a while now. I think anyone who's followed Michael Jackson over the years knows how much he loved Neverland. He left because he did not feel safe there since the DA Sneedon had raided his home all hours of the day & night scaring his kids. Then in court Sneedon tried to paint him as a pedophile who build Neverland just to lure children there to molest them. I beleive in my heart after he healed completely he would have returned. Common sense would tell anyone why would you hold on to something you hate!!!! If you plan on never returning to your home you might as well sell it!!!! Why keep it if you don't plan on ever returning. The property was about to go in forclosure on Nov of 2008. Michael got Sycamore Valley Ranch to buy it. Now Sycamore Valley Ranch is a company owned by him & Colony Capital. Again you leave in 2005 saying you'd never return, but in 08 you do some creative financing to keep it. Ok reguardless, it would still be great place to restore, similar to a Graceland at least because HE BUILD IT & PUT EVERYTHING HE LOVED THERE. HE SPENT 17 HAPPY YEARS THERE, THE TIME WHEN HE WAS MOST CREATIVE, 88-05(add the construction time too) . It would be a great place to go to at least because he was the happiest there before the 2005 ordeal. MJ's real fans know.
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Dearest Michael happy birthday, I love you, I love you, until infinity. we your fans old, new love you more, most, forever. I can't...
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