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#72608 by 1collaborator
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:27 pm
It only proves that no one but god knows when your next. Everyone has to do it one day, its a part of living.


and its another day in Paradise !!!

#72619 by Starfish Scott
Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:01 pm
That's what you get when you mess with kids in a "bad toucher" kind of way.

Early death + hot ride to boiling oils.. LOL

(at least he doesn't have to worry about his skin pigmentation now)

#72624 by Black57
Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:25 pm
neanderpaul wrote:
Black57 wrote:
My son and I were watching the Beat-it video and I told him that EVA played the guitar in that. Didn't Slash play the guitar in Dirty Diana.


Steve Stevens from Billy Idol's played guitar on Dirty Diana. Slash played on Black or white. And Yes Eddy Van Halen played on beat it.

I am really sad about him. He really was incredibly talented and influential.

I know we can't know but.... I always felt like he was innocent. I love children so much. Children have always been drawn to me too. I grew up with my mom babysitting. Then I have 7 nieces and nephews. If he was innocent it would be really sad for him to have people think that.

I will miss him. :(


Thanks Neanderpaul, So was the person playing guitar in the "Diana" video, Steve Stevens? Love that song.

I wish that the they would show the parodies that was done with his music...such as all the "Weird Al Yankovic's" parodies. I would like to see some humor in all this sadness.

#72631 by jw123
Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:50 pm
The paper this morning said he sold 750 million albums.

WOW!

I think for a few years there he was indeed the King Of Pop.

Weird watching these Icons die, makes me feel old, cause I am.

That Sux

#72633 by pusMonkey
Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:03 pm
I wasn't a fan of his, but I did have respect for him as an artist... and I liked a few of his songs... Beat It... Dirty Diana... Smooth Criminal... plus most of the Motown stuff with Jackson 5. Although when he outbid Paul McCartney and took all of the Beatles songs... that was disrespectful and I'm still irked over that.

Yeah he was a bit strange (aren't most musicians?). But he was still somebody's son, brother, and even father. I'm also a HUGE fan of Weird Al... and of course you have to wonder if Al would be as popular if he hadn't had Michael to parody.

May God bless his family.

#72642 by Prevost82
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:28 pm
jw123 wrote:The paper this morning said he sold 750 million albums.

WOW!

I think for a few years there he was indeed the King Of Pop.

Weird watching these Icons die, makes me feel old, cause I am.

That Sux


They are saying he was 400,000 to 500,000 in debt.

#72661 by jw123
Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:43 pm
Prevost,

I read somewhere that during his last trial, that he needed 7.5 million a year for his lifestyle and then Neverland cost around 5 million a year.

Its hard for me to imagine the amount of money that he must have gone thru.

You read he was in debt, Did he still own the Beatles catalog? It looks like that would be worth a lot of money, residuals and such from commercials.

All that aside in his heyday he was one hell of a performer.

#72670 by ratsass
Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:19 pm
When I first heard he had died, my first thought was of him going up to the Pearly Gates and St. Peter saying, "Beat it!" :)

It's a sick world and I'm a happy guy. :) ;)

#72679 by pusMonkey
Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:18 pm
He owns half of the Beatles catalog. Sony owns the other half. Supposedly, Michael has willed the songs back to Paul... we'll see. It's been reported that over the past few years MJ's felt bad for what he did to ruin their friendship.

#72687 by Black57
Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:54 pm
Prevost82 wrote:
jw123 wrote:They are saying he was 400,000 to 500,000 in debt.


Aren't all musicians :?

#72690 by philbymon
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:41 pm
In honor of MJ, I'm gonna take a moment od silence to learn to moonwalk with my hand in my crotch, & then I'll just beat it...

That was the 1st "joke" I've heard thus far...

I really am kinda sorry to see him go. He was a fantastic performer with dancing skills that rivalled (if not beat out entirely) James Brown.

#72697 by sanshouheil
Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:12 pm
How can "the most influential artist of our generation" as there are calling him. Be 500 million dollars in debt?
I'm not bashing poor Michael. I just dont understand.
He had the right to all the Beatles music and M TV. Plus Plus Plus
I cannot comprehend 500 million dollars.
Hell for one million I could disapear from the workforce for the rest of my life just living off the interest.

#72711 by ZXYZ
Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:49 am
Hell for one million I could disapear from the workforce for the rest of my life just living off the interest.

Yup. Really I think you can retire on about 1/2-1/3 of that if your lifestyle isn't to eccentric. -- On a different note, MJ's doctor has disappeared, the cops impounded his car and he's nowhere to be found.. hmm..

#72716 by Black57
Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:39 am
ZXYZ wrote:
Hell for one million I could disapear from the workforce for the rest of my life just living off the interest.

Yup. Really I think you can retire on about 1/2-1/3 of that if your lifestyle isn't to eccentric. -- On a different note, MJ's doctor has disappeared, the cops impounded his car and he's nowhere to be found.. hmm..


I find it interesting and questionable as to why there was a cardiologist living on the premises in the first place. Plus, if he needed a cardiologist in his home, he should have not been preparing for a comeback. He was definitely living on the edge and he was very unhappy and very troubled. Just think, I was going to marry him :roll: :lol:

#72773 by RGMixProject
Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:44 pm
Here are two great posts written by a couple of studio guys who worked with him. Full thread is here. Great memories with quite a few surprises...


I worked with Michael on many occasions...first in 1979 shortly following the release of "Off The Wall", which was recorded at my old studio, Image Recording, when it was owned by its former owner, Allen Zentz.

I then spent some time in 1980 (or 81?) with Michael recording demo's for Thriller. This was great, because it was just the two of us and whoever Michael had coming in. "John, we have Jonathan Moffit coming at 12:00, then Greg Phillinganes at 1:00...oh, and we're recording strings at 4:00!". Wow, what a great experience working so closely with him. I had him on the mic for some days recording vocals, and it was an amazing experience...he would be dancing up a storm while singing and doing all of those "grunts, oohs, ahhs" vocal sounds that would pepper his tracks. He asked me to take up the carpet so he could dance, and in between takes, he would sing other popular songs of the day just freestyle and acapella and we would talk about the music we liked.

Over the next year or two, I hosted the Jacksons many times, recording various tracks, claps (we had a jacuzzi room which they loved to use for the massive white-noise claps that people liked back then). I got to know all the brothers.

Bruce Swedien came back to Image Recording to record a song (or two?) for the Jackson's "Victory" record in about 1983. Another great experience, as Bruce did (as I recall) a string quartet and (perhaps) Michael's vocal at the same time. Bruce IS the best of all time, by the way. BEST.

I believe there were a couple of sundry Jacksons sessions over the next couple of years, but by that time, Michael was hugely popular and I didn't see him as much. The next time was really in 1995, when Robmix and I worked on the HIStory album. Rob worked on this for quite a long time (2 years?), while I worked on it for a few months. We were all holed up in Larrabee North, where Bruce had a room (or were you guys at Record One, Rob?)...Eddie Delena was recording quite a lot Michael's vocals at Larrabee in one room, and I was put in another room to engineer for whomever needed it...my most memorable session being some days with Dallas Austin and on one day, recording The Notorious B.I.G. for his rap on "This Time Around". There I was, standing in a room with Dallas, Biggie and Michael. I'll never forget it.

The final days of that album were made interesting, by Bruce giving me the task to sequence the album and edit it down to a size that we could fit onto a CD. This was no small undertaking, as about 7 minutes needed to be trimmed somewhere. I laid this all out in Sound Tools and came to know every bar of every song very intimately. I found places where songs could be tightened up and came up with many suggestions. On the night of mastering, I was put in a room at Bernie Grundman's with my Sound Tools rig, and in this room, I would have to "negotiate" with Michael about what to take out. I'll never forget this night...Michael came in, and Bruce told MJ that we would have to remove either 1) one whole song or 2) edit the others to fit onto a CD. We chose the latter...I started with song one and played Michael my edits, "Oh no, we can't take THAT out...it's my favorite part of the album!". OK. Let's try another, "Oh no, we MUST keep those four bars". OK...let's go to the vamp, which carries on for two minutes...how about removing these eight bars, "Oh no, that's my favorite part of the vamp!". Well, you get the picture. Meanwhile, Jimmy Jam was in with us, telling Michael that all these edits were killer and actually make things better. And over the course of about 5 hours, we got it down. By this time, it was probably 3:00am, and I was wiped out. Bruce walked in..."Okay, John, I want you to make all these edits on the 1/2" masters right now!". My first thought was, "You've GOT to be kidding!" I had used some crossfades in Tools and such, plus I was worn out from "bartering" with Michael. But, into Bernie's room we went, and with Bruce over my shoulder, I cut the 1/2" tapes. As I recall, this took a couple of hours, and we were done. By the way, video footage of my "bartering session" with Michael exists, although I was never able to get a copy. Perhaps someday!

After that album's completion, we were all invited to The Neverland Ranch with spouses and kids for a day of fun, with Michael as our host. What a memorable day that I will recount in another post...my arms hurt now!Rob Hoffman wrote:
I was fortunate enough to work with MJ early in my career. He was an incredible artist. Talented beyond your wildest dreams. Extremely generous, and a hard worker. I actually went from a staff assistant at the Hit Factory in NYC to freelance engineer under Swedien and MJ. They were due to start in Los Angeles when the Northridge earthquake hit so they moved to New York. One room was all Bruce, the second room was the writing room. I started assisting Bruce's writing partner Rene Moore. I would track stuff with Rene, and Bruce would come in and tell me what I did wrong, sit in for a few hours and set us straight. After a couple months MJ arrived and the entire tour rig was moved in along with Brad Buxer, Andrew Scheps, and Eddie Delena. I continued to assist them until the whole crew moved to L.A., they decided to take me with them. I would assist Bruce during the day, and help out every where else at night - assisting, engineering, programming, and on one song playing guitar. We had two rooms at Record One, and two rooms at Larrabee where I met John. At one point in NYC we had just about every room at the Hit Factory. The crew was great, and I learned so much from all of them. I learned to engineer from Bruce Swedien, John, and Eddie, and got to sit in with producers like MJ, Jam And Lewis, Babyface, David Foster, Teddy Riley, and Dallas Austin.

I was actually asked to leave the project early on because there were too many people around and MJ didn't know me. Luckily, I was rehired about 10 days later. At the wrap party MJ apologized profusely, and expressed his gratitude. Truly the most sincere man you will ever meet.

Some random memories:


One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. "here's the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here's the second chord first note, second note, third note", etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57.

He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.

At one point Michael was angry at one of the producers on the project because he was treating everyone terribly. Rather than create a scene or fire the guy, Michael called him to his office/lounge and one of the security guys threw a pie in his face. No further action was needed . . . . .

During the recording of "Smile" on HIStory, Bruce thought it would be great if Michael would sing live with the orchestra. But of course, we didn't tell the players that. We set him up in a vocal booth off to the side. They rehearsed a bit without vocals in, then during the first take Michael sang, just about knocked them out of their chairs.

His beatboxing was without parallel, and his time was ridiculous.

His sense of harmony was incredible. Never a bad note, no tuning, even his breathing was perfectly in time.

Once, while we were taking a break, I think we were actually watching the OJ chase on TV, there was a news program talking about him being in Europe with some little boy. I was sitting next to the guy while the news is making this crap up. He just looked at me and said this is what I have to deal with.

I spent close to 3 years working with him, and not once did I question his morals, or ever believe any of the allegations. I wasn't even a fan then. I saw him interact with his brothers kids, other people's children, and at one point my own girlfriend's kids. I got to spend a day at Neverland with them. A completely incredible human being, always looking for a way to make all children's lives better. Every weekend at Neverland was donated to a different children's group - children with AIDS, children cancer, etc., and most of the time he wasn't there.

He was simply living the childhood he never had. In many ways he never grew up.

I was assisting Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis while they recorded the background vocals for "Scream" with MJ and Janet. The two of them singing together was amazing. Super tight, no bad notes. One part after another. When they took a break they sang the showtunes they used to sing as kids. Again, perfect harmony. Mj refused to sing the "stop f*ckin' with me part" because he would NOT curse.

I was the tape op for the recording of the background vocals on "Stranger in Moscow". Scared the hell out me. Michael was dropping in and out on syllables, rearranging the notes and timing as he put it down. No Pro Tools at the time, just 2" tape, and my punches.

I erased a live keyboard overdub that he played one night. He came in the next morning, replaced it, and never uttered another word about it.

I was there when Lisa Marie was around. They acted like two kids in love. Held hands all the time, and she hung out at the studio for quite a while. I never questioned their love for each other.

We recorded a Christmas song during the summer of '94 that needed a children's choir. Michael insisted that the entire studio be decorated with xmas lights, tree, fake snow and a sled for their recording. And he bought presents for everyone.

The last weekend of recording on HIStory he came to me and Eddie Delena, and said "I'm sorry, but I don't think any of us are going to sleep this weekend. There's a lot to get done, and we have to go to Bernie on Monday morning". He stayed at the studio the entire time, singing, and mixing. I got to spend a couple quiet moments with him during that time. We talked about John Lennon one night as he was gearing up to sing the last vocal of the record - the huge ad libs at the end of "earth song". I told him the story of John singing "twist and shout" while being sick, and though most people think he was screaming for effect, it was actually his voice giving out. He loved it, and then went in to sing his heart out. . . .

Later that night, while mixing, everyone left the room so MJ could turn it up. This was a common occurrence during the mixes, and I was left in the room with ear plugs, and hands over my ears, in case he needed something. This particular night, all the lights were out and we noticed some blue flashes intermittently lighting up the room during playback. After a few moments we could see that one of the speakers (custom quad augspuergers) was shooting blue flames. Mj liked this and proceeded to push all the faders up . . . .

MJ liked hot water while he was singing. I mean really hot !!!!! It got to the point that I would melt plastic spoons to test it.

Bruce and I were talking about walking to the studio everyday in NYC, and what routes we took. Michael looked at us and said we were so lucky to be able to do that. He couldn't walk down the street without being harassed. It was a sad moment for all of us.

The studio crew got free tickets to the Janet show so we all went right from work one night. About halfway through the show we see this dude with a long beard, dressed in robes dancing in the aisle behind. I mean really dancing . . . it was Mj in disguise. Kind of like the costume Chevy Chase wears in Fletch while roller skating.

He got one of the first playstations from sony in his lounge . . . we snuck in late at night to play the games that hadn't been released yet.

A couple people on the session hadn't seen Jurassic Park while it was out, so MJ arranged a private screening for us at Sony.

He was a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails Downward Spiral . . . .

I was lucky enough over the course of 3 years to have access to the multitrack masters for tour prep, videos, and archive purposes. To be able to pull these tracks apart was a huge lesson in production, and songwriting. A chance to look into the minds of geniuses.

Of all the records I've worked on, MJJ was the only company to give platinum award records.

One day we just all sat in the studio listening to his catalog with him for inspiration. He loved the process, he loved the work.
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