That’s a question I’ve been wondering about this week as I think about the collective impact of our previous Michael Jackson mourning, social media and virtual concert Experiments. And it’s fascinating to think how all those experiments have somehow merged into one for this Michael Jackson Tribute Concert.
So here’s details on how our MJ emotions will be getting stirred up today in the UK.
According to Billboard, the tribute to the late King of Pop will be co-hosted by Jamie Foxx and BBC Radio-1 presenter Fearne Cotton. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Smokey Robinson will perform live at the event, among others, while Beyonce will perform via live video stream. Profits will raise money for charities, including the AIDS Project and the Prince’s Trust. The show will be broadcast online worldwide.
Unfortunately the Black Eyed Peas, who were both originally scheduled to perform, had to pull out at the last minute due to “unavoidable circumstances.” And sadly it doesn’t look like the BEP will be having a Google Plus Hangout or a Flash Mob either.
Billboard also reports that the tribute has fallen short of sell-out by 10,000 tickets.
But those numbers don’t include the virtual tickets.
Yes, as I mentioned at the start, there’s a social media element to the concert.
If you can’t make the show in-person, you will be able to tune in virtually courtesy of Milyoni and Ridgeline Entertainment and Facebook.
Billboard says this will be the first ever live Pay-Per-View event available to the social networking site’s global audience. And you can purchase access to the broadcast from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales for 40 Facebook credits ($3.99) prior to the Oct. 8 show, or for 50 Facebook credits ($4.99) on the day of the event.
Furthering the social experience, viewers will be able to like, comment, chat and share the concert experience with fellow fans around the world. Merchandise will also be made available through a shopping cart application embedded within the Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert Facebook page.
Will You Be Tuning In and Getting Emotional?
Have you had an emotional experience at concert that was MJ-related? Do you plan on tuning in to the Facebook concert? Were you at the live show in the UK? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll share your MJ story during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.