sanemjfan · @sanemjfan

11th Feb 2012 from Twitlonger

Last night I attended the Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil. I was absolutely blown away, but not just from the spectacular performances from the dancers, but more so by the atmosphere of being around a sellout crowd of over 20,000 Michael Jackson fans!

I bought my 2nd row VIP tickets as soon as they went on sale in November 2010 (yes, you read that right! November 2010!). As I arrived at the Toyota Center and walked among the crowds, I was absolutely amazed at the sheer diversity of the fans that were in attendance. There were LITERALLY fans of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds! Everyone from young children to businessmen wearing three piece designer suits! I was particularly surprised at the number of middle aged fans in their 50’s , 60’s, and even 70’s, as this is the demographic that is usually the most prejudiced against Michael.

The best way to describe the atmosphere is that it was like being in “MJ Heaven”. To be around 20,000 fans, all equally showing their love and admiration for MJ, and not having to worry about hearing any snide jokes, or anyone questioning his innocence against the false allegations, and not having to explain to anyone why you love him so much, it was just such a RELIEF!!! Most MJ fans know that they usually have to be on guard when discussing MJ with complete strangers, as you never know how much their mind may have been poisoned by all of the tabloid garbage that has been written about him. I was on such an emotional high that I watched “This Is It” when I got home, just to continue feeling MJ’s magic!

As one of the co-admins of the Vindicate MJ blog, it was also a relief to just take a break and just enjoy the music and the magic without having to deal with all of the lies that I’ve been refuting day in and day out for the last few years. This show, and the multitude of fans that I had the pleasure of being around, has truly reinforced the need to fight for his legacy and debunk all of the lies. Just the thought that one of those fans could possibly stumble upon the trash of Diane Dimond or Maureen Orth and suddenly lose their love for MJ truly angers me, and so my resolve to continue my vindication work has increased exponentially!

As most of you probably know, I was only a “casual fan” of MJ while he was alive. I loved all of his greatest hits, but didn’t follow his personal life closely, especially when I started college. I was a full time grad student in 2005, and didn’t even know his trial had started until pajama day! So I certainly wasn’t “in love” with him like so many fans are, but tonight I saw the love up close and personal for the first time, and not only did I see it, I FELT IT! I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I did something I swore I wouldn’t do:

I actually CRIED!!!

I wasn’t balling or anything crazy, but my eyes did well up on a few occasions throughout the show, as I reminisced about all of my childhood memories of MJ, and the future memories of him that the entire world was robbed of on June 25th, 2009.

I was very impressed with the show, and it was certainly worth the price of admission! I wish they would have shown more footage of MJ on the big screen, and that the dancers would have performed his iconic dances (such as Beat It), but that’s just nitpicking on my part.

The one thing that most stands out to me is this: after the show ended, as I stood with other fans in an elevator, I overheard a woman in her late 30’s or early 40’s saying that she would have sold a kidney to go to London to see him, as it was on her bucket list to see MJ live in concert. That really put everything into perspective for me, and it personifies the love that so many fans have for MJ.

So with that said, I can’t wait to see what memories I have at the next show, as I bought ANOTHER ticket so that I could soak up the experience of being in “MJ Heaven” again!

How many fans can say that they went to two MJ Cirque Du Soleil shows on two consecutive nights? Not very many! I’m so lucky!

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