Friday marks the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, and really, many fans are still reeling from losing the King of Pop. Fans are holding tributes and still milling to his grave.The Jackson family is unveiling a monument in Indiana. Everyone--from big stars such as Busta Rhymes and Ludacris to local musicians--still has an opinion on MJ's impact on music.
After the jump, members of the LA folk rock/soul band Vanaprasta, folkies Moostache, OC folk/blues band Mississippi Man and San Diego rock band The Silent Comedy talk about their favorite Michael Jackson memories--which proves that Michael Jackson's influence was wide and far-ranging.
Incidentally, they're all going to be performing at the Detroit Bar tomorrow night ($5 cover).
I remember my brother, Jeremiah Zimmerman, pulled out an impromptu cover of "Billie Jean" at a Silent Comedy acoustic show and people went crazy. The original song couldn't be further from our musical style, but he did a slow mournful acoustic version that had a lot of soul. The whole crowd ended up singing along and it was a really special moment.
-Joshua Zimmerman (vocals, bass and guitar) of The Silent Comedy
This clip is definitely the coolest MJ moment I can think of. He's at a James Brown concert and James Brown calls him up on stage and his reaction is amazing.
-Patrick Wardell (vocals and guitar) of Moostache
My most vivid Michael Jackson memory is playing Moonwalker on Sega
Genesis. MJ dancing bad guys into their grave. Shit was absurd.
-Taylor Brown (bass, guitar and backup vocals) of Vanaprasta
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The most memorable moment is definitely listening to "Bad" for the first time. I remember being so young and actually owning the white glove and hat and dancing around my house thinking I was MJ. BUT I am going to have to second Taylor's response, playing Moonwalker on Sega Genesis and being MJ while dancing bad guys into their grave was absurd!
-Steve Wilkin (vocals and keys) of Vanaprasta
My favorite memory of Michael Jackson is the "Bad" tour. I saw the video of that tour and was blown away by the attention to detail that Jackson and his road crew had on that tour. It made me realize what a perfectionist he was and the dedication he gave his music. It seemed like a very personal thing to him. Something that he took great pride in."
-David Knight (guitar and vocals) of Mississippi Man