Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special

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Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration
Tour by Michael Jackson
MJ30thposter.jpg
Promotional poster for Jackson's New York City show
Associated album Invincible
Start date September 7, 2001
End date September 10, 2001
Number of shows 2 in North America
2 in total
Michael Jackson concert chronology

The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special was a 2001 New York City revue show by Michael Jackson. It took place on September 7, 2001 and September 10, 2001. In late November 2001, the CBS television network aired the concerts as a two-hour special in honor of Michael Jackson's thirtieth year as a solo entertainer (his first solo single, "Got to Be There", was recorded in 1971). The show was edited from footage of two separate concerts Michael had orchestrated in New York City's Madison Square Garden on September 7 and September 10 of 2001. The shows sold out in five hours. Ticket prices were pop's most expensive ever; the best seats cost $10,000 and included a dinner with Michael Jackson and a signed poster. The show was presented by David Gest, World Events LLC and Clear Channel Entertainment in conjunction with American Airlines, American Eagle and Amazon.com. Jackson reportedly earned $7.5 million for each of the two concerts. The concert official Boxscore was $10,072,105 for both concerts.[1]

To some fans, Jackson appeared more disoriented in the first concert as he only did one short moonwalk and improvised the ending of the Billie Jean performance. To explain Jackson's disoriented appearance, David Gest claimed in his film Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon that Jackson was on drugs during the concerts. However, Jackson himself stated that he did not rehearse for the first concert. In Jermaine's book You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother's Eyes, Jermaine Jackson stated that Michael was taking Demerol, a pain relieving medicine with psychotropic effects. The show attracted numerous celebrities such as Marc Anthony, Jill St. John, Ann Miller, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Naomi Campbell, Monica, Janet Leigh, Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin, Usher, Mýa, Natalie Cole, Chris Tucker, Samuel L. Jackson, Destiny's Child, Jill Scott, Kenny Rogers, Gloria Estefan, Yoko Ono, Sam Harris, Angie Harmon, O-Town, Grant Hill, Robert Wagner and Tamia.[2]

Set lists[edit]

Friday, September 7[3][edit]

Performer(s) Song
Samuel L. Jackson Introduction
Usher, Mýa & Whitney Houston "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
Marlon Brando Humanitarian Speech
Billy Gilman "Ben"
Shaggy Featuring Rayvon and Rikrok "Angel/It Wasn't Me"
Monica, Al Jarreau, Jill Scott & Deborah Cox "Home"

"You Can't Win"

"Ease On Down The Road"

James Ingram & Gloria Estefan "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
Marc Anthony "She's Out Of My Life"
Monica, Tamia, Mýa, Deborah Cox & Rha Digga "Heal The World"
Liza Minnelli "You Are Not Alone"

"Over The Rainbow"

Destiny's Child "Bootylicious"
Ray Charles & Cassandra Wilson "Crying Time"
Elizabeth Taylor Introducing The Jacksons
The Jacksons "Can You Feel It"

"ABC"

"The Love You Save"
"I'll Be There"
"I Want You Back"

The Jacksons Featuring *NSYNC "Dancing Machine"
The Jacksons "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
Michael Jackson & Britney Spears "The Way You Make Me Feel"
Chris Tucker Introducing Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson "Billie Jean"
Michael Jackson & Slash "Black or White"
"Beat It"
Michael Jackson "You Rock My World"
All Artists "We Are the World"

"You Rock My World (Reprise)"

Monday, September 10[4][edit]

Performer(s) Song
Usher, Mýa & Deborah Cox "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
Dionne Warwick "I'll Never Love This Way Again"
Lil' Romeo & Master P "My Baby"
Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive"
98 Degrees, Usher & Luthor Vandross "Man In The Mirror"
Aaron Carter "I Want Candy"
Missy Elliott & Nelly Furtado "Get Ur Freak On"
Billy Gilman "Ben"
Liza Minnelli "You Are Not Alone"

"Never Never Land/Over The Rainbow"

Gladys Knight "Midnight Train To Georgia"
Monica, Tamia, Mýa, Deborah Cox & Rha Digga "Heal The World"
Elizabeth Taylor Introducing The Jacksons
The Jacksons "Can You Feel It"
"ABC"
"The Love You Save"
"I'll Be There"
"I Want You Back"

"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"

Michael Jackson "The Way You Make Me Feel"
Chris Tucker Introducing Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson "Billie Jean"
Michael Jackson & Slash "Black or White"
"Beat It"
Michael Jackson Featuring Usher & Chris Tucker "You Rock My World"

Concert dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
September 7, 2001 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
September 10, 2001

Personnel[edit]

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