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.
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.
Inexperienced with the Joby Rogers Michael Jackson tribute concert? Well, before you hit the show, click the link below for your precursor lesson of the event.
“We perform songs from when his popularity was at an all-time high and those from the time when he wasn’t as popular,” Rogers said. “And when I look at the film that was released after his death, This is It, I think about how great that tour was going to be.”
A tour that was never to be.
But Rogers intends to remedy that unfortunate situation as his "Ultimate M.J. experience" tours nationwide helping keep Jackson's legend alive.
Now with the tour now leading him to our area, is Rogers expecting a warm welcome to go with our climate?
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