Last night, the doors at Oxford Street’s HMV in London opened at 10.00 p.m. to allow hundreds of Michael Jackson fans inside for the launch of ‘This Is It’ on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Inside, spectators were treated to a special performance by Travis Payne and two of Michael’s male backing dancers, as they thrilled the audience with the choreographed renditions of ‘Drill’ and ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ to the pleasing cheers of the crowd. After the performance, Travis Payne said; “’Drill’ was actually the last piece that Michael and I created together…We love being with his fans…It was always so wonderful to be with Mr. Jackson.”
Immediately after, director Kenny Ortega took to the stage to a rapturous applause. He spoke about how ‘This Is It’ came to be, both as the original stage concept and then the process of making the film in such a short space of time. Speaking to the crowd, Ortega said; “Michael really wanted to do a show for the fans,” adding; “(Michael) wanted to really visit all the continents and do a sort of a major farewell tour; then he wanted to come back to film making. He loved the art of film making, and one of his projects was he was hoping to do was the long form feature of ‘Thriller’.”
In a final message to the fans, the long-term creative partner of the King of Pop said; “Michael brought us together and together we shall stay. Thank you for staying with us. Thank you for your love, your support. We have felt it. I hope you have felt ours.”
Afterwards, everyone sat down to autograph copies of ‘This Is It’ for all those who attended.