Musicians Mourn Over Loss Of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, a man known by many as the King of Pop, passed away at the age of 50 on Thursday, June 25.

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Michael Jackson, a man known by many as the King of Pop, passed away at the age of 50 on Thursday, June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles, CA home. His death came just before what was to be his "comeback" tour with 50 sold out shows at London's O2 Arena that were set to begin on July 13 and end on March 6, 2009.

While Michael may be gone, he most certainly will never be forgotten. In his career he sold an estimated 750 million records, released 13 number 1 singles and was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time. Along with the legacy he created for himself, his memory will be held with the countless number of musicians he has inspired and collaborated with over the years. People from every genre imaginable have cited Michael Jackson as a constant inspiration to them and these people haven taken to the internet to voice their feelings about the star's passing.


Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen: "I am really shocked; as I'm sure the world is, to hear the news. I had the pleasure of working with Michael on 'Beat It' back in '83 one of my fondest memories in my career. Michael will be missed and may he rest in peace."

Queen guitarist Brian May: "Hard to know what to say - what to feel. I find myself wondering what might have happened on his tour... the number of dates in the UK that he had committed to was insane... I did have a feeling it was impossible... but I was so shocked to hear that he went so suddenly. Very sad. Of course I still think of him as a boy... he used to come and see us [Queen] play when we were on tour in the States, and he and Freddie became close friends... close enough to record a couple of tracks together at Michael's house... tracks which have never seen the light of day. Michael was the boy star of the Jackson Five, and always the most screamed at. I remember in their show, they tried very hard to make all the brothers equal in the presentation, but it was abundantly obvious that all most of the girl fans really wanted to see was little Michael. It was Michael who heard our track "Another One Bites the Dust" when he came to see us on "The Game" tour... and told us we were mad if we didn't release it as a single. Of course this was way before Michael's monster solo career began... but he was already in search of that fusion between Funk and Rock, Black and White, and the Thriller album was the consummation of that quest. There are many similarities between it and our "Hot Space" album... but our timing was out, really. Michael got it right in every respect... including timing... the world was just ready for it... and of course he was in a sense seeking the same ground, but coming from the opposite direction.

"Amusingly, after Freddie and Michael has spent some time together recording, Freddie came back and played us the work in progress, and he remarked that Michael had come up with a great album title ... BAD. A little later, Freddie smiled his wicked little conspiratorial smile, and said... "I have a perfect idea for our album title - you may love it or hate it... but think about it... we can call it... wait for it... Good"!!!

"I think the world is a more colourful place thanks to Michael's work... he was a truly wonderful performer at his peak - and had a great team around him, including, of course, genius Quincy Jones. I think he qualifies as a great artist; he devoted his whole body and soul to his art. It's as if, with all the changes he introduced to his body, his art actually became his body and his persona. Yes, I only hope he passed away in happiness, in great hopes and anticipation of his glorious comeback tour. RIP Michael."

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett: "Michael Jackson huge loss!!! The words genius and musical are used in the same sentence too often. Not in the case of Michael Jackson. His musical expression will never be topped and his inspiration will live forever. R.I.P."

Shinedown guitarist Zach Myers: "Sitting in a dressing room in Calgary, Canada I am more saddened than I can remember in maybe the last five years. Call the guy whatever you want... judge his actions, judge his judgments, and judge the man any way in any language you want. But Michael Jackson was the best. There was no one better. There never will be anyone better. People don't try anymore. You can take any pretty loser who can't sing who has a good smile and sells records and make him a star. Just look at Anyone on the charts today. Today we lost a part of music history, a legend, and the greatest pop music artist there ever will be. The things Michael created on 'Thriller', 'Off The Wall' and 'Bad' will never be matched. By anyone ever. Michael Jackson was the best. People believed in Michael Jackson who didn't believe in Jesus. And that, my friends, is a legend. God bless Michael Jackson's music, his soul, and his legend. That can never be replaced. Rest in peace, sir. God bless your soul."

Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash (Slash played guitar on two Michael Jackson singles, "Black Or White" and "Give In To Me"): "Really sad news about Michael. He was a talent from on high."


Lisa Marie Presley, former wife of Michael Jackson and daughter of Elvis Presley: "I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. I am heartbroken for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me."

Sean "Diddy" Combs: "Michael Jackson showed me that you can actually see the beat. He made the music come to life!! He made me believe in magic. I will miss him!"

Dick Clark, host of "American Bandstand": "I knew Michael as a child and watched him grow over the years. Of all the thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most outstanding. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will never be matched."

Del Bryant, President & CEO, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI): "Michael Jackson was clearly one of the greatest entertainers of our era. His influence dominated and defined our culture not only in music, but in fashion, dance, film and so much more. Often overlooked are his spectacular skills as a songwriter, composing both music and lyrics for his immense body of work. In an era in which most songs are composed by teams, Michael was the sole composer of dozens of songs that endeared him to audiences around the world. A BMI songwriter since 1976, his BMI catalog contains more than 150 songs, more than 20 reaching multi-million performance status on American radio and television."

Jonelle Procope, Preszident & CEO, The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc.: "The entire Apollo family is saddened to learn of Michael Jackson's untimely passing. Michael first performed at the Apollo in 1969 with his brothers when he was only nine years old, winning Amateur Night, and catapulting their career as the Jackson 5. We will always remember Michael in our hearts as a true Apollo legend, known for his professionalism and grace. Our sympathy goes out to his entire family. He will be deeply missed."

Britney Spears: "I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I'm devastated he's gone!"

Neil Portnow, President/CEO, The Recording Academy: "Rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent, and vision as Michael Jackson. He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time GRAMMY recipient, Michael's career transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our hearts go out to his family and to music lovers around the globe who mourn this great loss."

Russell Simmons, hip-hop entrepreneur and founder of Def-Jam Records: "Michael Jackson was my generation's most iconic cultural hero. Courageous, unique and incredibly talented. He'll be missed greatly."

From various accounts:

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz: "I have never felt this before in my life. I could measure my childhood 2 now on an mj growth chart. if this is true. Rip. The last legend."

Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas: "Official. Michael jackson dies at 50. Speechless."

John Legend: "Terrible news about Michael Jackson"

John Mayer: "Dazed in the studio. A major strand of our cultural DNA has left us. RIP MJ.I think we'll mourn his loss as well as the loss of ourselves as children listening to Thriller on the record player. Michael Jackson, like James Brown and Prince, are nearly uncoverable. The tunes were about his innate talent and can't really be replicated."

Hanson: "It is difficult to think of a more impact full loss from the passing of an icon, than that of Michael Jackson."

Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus: "First album i ever bought was thriller. With birthday money. On cassette. For my brand new sony walkman. Truth. Rest in peace."

Report by David Lowe-Bianco.

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    The best pop music ever created. R.I.P. MJ. You shall be sorely missed.
    Its hard to belivie that your gone, u will be missed by the will be rememberd for being a truly amazing artist your talent will overshine all elce, thank you on what you have left behind may you R.I.P
    Such an amazing talent, I always hated the treatment he got in the media. This is truly the day the music died.
    He made sum of the best songs in history,I always respected him no matter wut,I never believed that he molested anyone or any of these ''claims''.N ima say RIP cuz i believe hes in heaven now livin n also he lives thru his music down here.
    Zach Myers definitely said it the best. "judge his actions, judge his judgments, and judge the man any way in any language you want. But Michael Jackson was the best." I may not approve of some of the things he's done, but God damn it, he was the best. RIP
    Pinballwizard93 wrote: I love how everyone worships Michael Jackson now that he's dead. Did i see anybody stand by him when he was accused of Child molestation? (He didnt do it btw)people all believed he did it, people hated him, people called him a freak, and people made fun of him. And now he's the king of pop, his death is as famous as elvis', and you love him? You called him gay and you hated on him just a week ago. i apologize to those who have stood with him, but this is just quite a reversal.
    Actually we don't know if he really did or not. No one really does except him and the the accusers. He was a musical genius but but his personal life was strange. Multiple molestation accusations, dangling kids out of windows, thats weird no matter how you slice it.
    I just find it difficult when the media is going on about how wondeful he was, yet I can rememebr no one wanted to know him when certain allegations were flying around. I just think its two faced to see everyone crying and showing dispair when a few years ago he was ridiculed by the same set of people..... RIP none the less.
    medium mike
    As a kid he was my first exposure to music. Obviously I play metal now but still, a very sad shocking incident. Sleep well
    Lordi71uk wrote: I just find it difficult when the media is going on about how wondeful he was, yet I can rememebr no one wanted to know him when certain allegations were flying around. I just think its two faced to see everyone crying and showing dispair when a few years ago he was ridiculed by the same set of people..... RIP none the less.
    Thats just the media, they show what people want. Now that hes gone people realize that it doesn't matter all the stupid things he did. Hes still one of the greatest musicians of all time.
    John Legend: "Terrible news about Michael Jackson"
    How is this even worthy of being put in the article? Seriously? Anyways, inspirational artist. He will be missed. RIP
    always liked his music, and never thought he diddled those kids. For what it's worth, I miss him.
    Nice hear comments from other artists. The first album I ever owned when I was little was a 2-cassette Gratest Hits album by the man.
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    wobneb wrote: RIP took UG long enough to get this up...
    Very true. It took them forever... R.I.P. Michael Jackson, you will be sorely missed. King of pop
    RIP MJ! At least we know that you are in a better place where people dont make fun or you or criticize you. You will be missed greatly
    weird man, amazing musician whether you like the music or not. undeniable talent.
    All those allegations and his personal life aside, this man was one of the greatest entertainers to have ever lived. He was on his way to a BILLION records sold....that's just ****ing insane.
    Michael Jackson- The King of Pop- the absolute best dancer ever to exist- the performer and writer of many great tunes- Goodbye man and rest in peace! I would love to see your ghost moonwalkin' down my driveway some night
    Thanks for everything Michael. Your musical influence and memory will never ever fade. The king is dead, long live the king.
    Never really a big fan but there isn't a single person who doesn't love the Thriller album. It just shows how big he was when every working person in the music world all froze at the same time. RIP
    What a bummer... Little Michael was the man. On another note, I like how there's a bunch of nice, sincere comments from a bunch of important musicians and industry people and then there's Pete Wentz's twitter where he can't even bother to spell out full words like "to" and not capitalize his sentences or even do R.I.P. correctly. Just cause you covered one of his songs badly doesn't mean you should pretend to care.
    I hate pop, and I was never crazy about his music, but there's no denying the massive influence he had. RIP Michael. You will be missed. Such a shock...
    Robert Gray wrote: R. I. P. Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Gone, but not forgotten. They can't persecute you no longer.
    I feel the same way. Best dancer to ever live!!!! RIP Michael.
    wait... Micheal jackson inspired fall out boy? oh well. posers. R.I.P, MJ. I wish '09 would stop killing people. who knows, van halen may be next. *god forbid*
    I'm pretty much into metal music nowadays but watching Michael's old videos makes you realize what a genius talent he was, the way he carried his music with his stage and screen presence to a whole new level of his music reached different cultures,races and masses around the planet..and not to mention different genres of music from motown to pop beats to rock, who'd forget eddie van halen and slash guesting in some of his songs to lay some infectious grooves.he was unique, innovative, kinda weird or what not but he sure got your eyes fixed at him.You cant deny the Moonwalk was the single best dance move in history.RIP.
    I never really liked the style of music, but his cultural influence was amazing. May he Rest In Peace
    outlawtorn wrote: Michael Jackson was a HUGE influence on me, growing up. He was one of those artists(very few, I imagine) who never made a BAD song! When the news first came to me about his demise, it didn't hit me as hard. Then Vh1 aired a day-long tribute to him, and thats when it me. THE MAN IS ACTUALLY GONE! R.I.P Sir. You are a legend
    you are not alone is an AWFUL song imo... But the man was still great, R.I.P.
    R.I.P MJ. was looking forward to your comeback. no doubt it would have blew people away.
    R.I.P MJ. The thing I hate is people who viewed him for all the wrong reasons. A true ledgend and a true inspiration.
    RIP Micheal Jackson. He led a life full of joy, but it was also filled with pain. He was the best pop star the world has ever seen. All of his songs are thousands of times better than anything you hear on the radio today
    I thought 09 was done killing artists, next thing you know, Michaels gone. Fucking awful and possibly the worst year for the music industry ever.
    Words can't really describe the sense of loss that has swept across the nation. You can say what you want to about MJ as a person, but it's so nice to come here and see all musicians from all different backgrounds and genres put all that petty bullshit aside and come together to respect the memory of one of, if not THE, most talented musician in history. I never got to see him perform live, but I've seen videos and I can honestly say I've never seen someone get a crowd going the way that The King of Pop did. And it's still remarkable to me that, even in the midst of all the stuff that went on in his personal life, he managed to sell out 50 shows at ONE PLACE. It's not like this was some worldwide tour or something, this guy was gonna play 50 shows at one venue and he sold out every single ****ing one of them. The world of music truly lost one of the most creative, most talented, most entertaining members of its family today, and I know I still haven't fully wrapped my mind around it, and I won't for a long time. Rest in Peace, Michael. You're gone, but never forgotten!
    Has anyone noticed how many hits beat it has? It has more than doubled what stairway to heaven had in less than 2 days!! He crashed google and twitter Thursday. Amazing even in death.
    the_hoodster wrote: BriGuy7727 wrote: I might get flamed for this but I don't care. He hasn't been relevant in music since 1991, why do so many people care so much?! I realize he was going to do a tour, but nearly 3/4 of people's status messages on social networking sites are dedicated to him. Most weren't even around when he was popular...c'mon now. A true legend never dies
    Also, bands like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin aren't around anymore, and I wasn't alive when they were. But they are still liked by millions because like Michael Jackson, they had a huge impact on music.