By: Alex Templar - MSTv Correspondent
Perhaps we're being a little misleading with the title of this article. Despite the sobering realization that the late, great and true, Michael Jackson passed away nearly four years ago, we can still say with truth that M.J. will be preforming at the LSU student union on February 21th. But, he'll just be doing so in the skin of his chosen heir apparent.
Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket aside, the heir in question is Joby Rogers. Rogers, somewhat of a performance artist, virtually channels the essence of the King of Pop in every stage appearance he's been spotlighted in since 2009.
But before you go just considering him a Michael Jackson impersonator, take a second look at the man's pedigree - Rogers is the only artist chosen to be Jackson’s official substitute — by Michael Jackson himself.
And its the spirit of Jacko that Rogers intends to channel when he brings “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience” to the LSU student union theater on the 21st.
To see his skill upon the stage makes Jackson's choice to name Rogers as his official impersonator virtually undeniable. It’s as if he becomes Jackson when he steps on stage.
But of course, imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, something Rogers knows well when compared to other impersonators.
“The demand for more things Michael has grown since his passing,” Rogers said. “And the number of impersonators has grown, too.”
However, unlike his rivals, none but Rogers have a letter of designation signed by Michael Jackson. Also, none but Rogers can make the claim of being on the cover of Rolling Stone. Only him..
And its this sense and proof of validation that Rogers will be bringing to the Baton Rouge area.
in an all-encompassing tour, the audience can expect a concert worthy of the "King of Pop" himself. A full compliment of dancers, video screens and vibrant light show will take the audience from M.J's Jackson 5 beginnings to the ends of his turbulent life.
"This not only will be my first trip to Baton Rouge but my first trip to Louisiana,” Rogers said. “I don’t know why we’ve never made it to Louisiana, but we’re really looking forward to it. I’ve eaten gumbo, but it’s been from a can. I’m looking forward to eating real Louisiana food.”
Even though he expects a gracious welcome to our state, Rogers looks forward to another go round as his alter-ego; something he not yet tired of playing.
Playing Jackson, as expected, has given Joby opportunities from travel, to television talk shows and a personal appearance at the unveiling of the Michael Jackson statue at Madame Tussauds wax museum in Los Angeles.
Now LSU and Baton Rouge finally has its chance to host and enjoy a concert by Michael Jackson. One given by someone, If not in his form, has the seal of approval from the spirit of the performer to be his named heir.
So, are you ready for “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience.?” You better be..
The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience hits the LSU Union Theater stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.
Costs are $36-$44 with LSU students admitted free with a valid university ID.
Call (225) 578-5128 or visit http://www.uniontheater.lsu.edu
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