One of the most awaited part in watching Super Bowl is the halftime show. And one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime show performances is when Michael Jackson rocked the stage in 1993. Can you still remember this? This was the match between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo bills, where fans packed the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena California, to see defending champions go head-to-head.
And yes for 13 exhilarating minutes, where three of which he stood completely still looking to the left of the stadium and then dramatically turning his head to the right causing the audience to faint from pure awesomeness, Michael Jackson really did tore down the Super Bowl Stage.
This is where the modern era starts. MJ was the World’s Biggest Musical Star, and his half time performance increased TV ratings so substantially that the Super Bowl Honchis running the show decide to ride the pyrotechnical wave.
Jackson set included a medley of his songs “Jam”, Billie Jean,” and “Black or White”. The finale featured an audience card stunt, a video montage showing Jackson participating in various humanitarian efforts around the world, and a choir of 3,500 local Los Angeles are children singing “We Are the World”, later joining MJ as he sang his single “Heal The World”.
But do you have any idea how NFL convinced Michael Jackson to perform Super Bowl halftime Show? Well, it wasn’t really easy for the NFL to convince a star like the King of Pop to perform in the middle of a sporting event. Here’s the detail of the talk, how they convinced MJ.
For a month they got nowhere. (The NFL’s Jim) Steeg sat down with the King of Pop’s manager, Sandy Gallin, 11 months before Super Bowl XXVII. “I remember pitching them,” he says, “and them not really having a clue what we were talking about.” At a subsequent meeting, producer Don Mischer pointed out that the Super Bowl would be broadcast in more than 120 countries. Now he had Jackson’s full attention.
Steeg recalls Jackson saying, “So you’re telling me that this show is going live to all those places where I’ll never do a concert?” A pause. “I’m in.”
“Michael worked harder than anybody [who’s done the halftime show], before or since,” says Steeg, who remembers seeing Jackson still rehearsing his act at seven the night before the game, in a tent outside the Rose Bowl.
And it showed. Jackson, rocking a bandolier-draped frock coat on loan, apparently, from Muammar Gaddafi, was sensational. The final moments of that show were the most viewed in the history of television at the time.
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Source: Arslan Latif