As fans all over the world prepare to mark the third death anniversary of Michael Jackson, those in the Middle East can look forward to a show dedicated to the King of Pop, featuring hits from his career that spanned over four decades.
The show “Man in the Mirror”, which features many of Jackson’s number one songs, will be performed in Lebanon from August 19 to 22 in Beirut.
Al Arabiya spoke to Amin Abiyaghi, owner of Star System agency, the organization responsible for bringing the show ─ that has so far delighted Jackson fans all over the world ─ to Lebanon.
“It’s not like other tribute shows in which a person just covers an artist’s songs. It’s an entertaining show featuring dancers, singers, and musicians,” said Abiyaghi.
“Man in the Mirror” originated in Reno, Nevada in the United States. Abyiaghi thought of bringing the show to Lebanon to coincide with the singer’s death anniversary on June 25th, but the crew is currently performing in the U.S.
The show will run for four nights over the Eid al-Fitr holidays in August.
“I initially saw the show in London and got excited about the idea, so I decided to bring it to Beirut Souks – downtown Beirut,” he said.
“Adults who grew up listening to Michael Jackson’s songs will enjoy it, and the children will learn of his hits,” he said in reference to the singer’s influence on the music industry.
In related news, the Jackson 5, who shot to fame in the 1970s, hope to make a comeback with their Unity tour, according to Canadian newspaper, The Chronicle Herald. The tour kicked off on Wednesday in Ontario, Canada, but without their brother, who had planned his own comeback before he passed away from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009.
“There’s certain songs that make you feel the sorrow,” said Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson of his brother.
“Then again, there are other songs that bring so much joy and happiness …I just imagine how he used to walk and spin and do all these things. You can feel his presence here.”