Ohio State University Marching Band in Michael Jackson formation
*The Ohio State University’s marching band unveiled its newest show last weekend during halftime of its game against the University of Iowa, and included is an eight-minute tribute to Michael Jackson.
The shout out commemorates the 25th anniversary of one of the King of Pop’s biggest albums, “Bad.”
Along the way, the band touches on a medley of Jackson hits — both from “Bad” and otherwise — including the album’s title track, “Billie Jean” and “The Way You Make Me Feel.” It’s during the latter that the Buckeyes get into a formation resembling Jackson himself — white glove and all — and actually start moonwalking. You can see that part at around 4:40 in the video below.
This isn’t the first time Ohio State — or Ohio’s college marching bands in general — have racked up a healthy amount of YouTube hits. “The Best Damn Band in the Land” received praise for its video game tribute a little over a year ago, while just an hour down the road, Ohio University’s Marching 110 has found success tapping into viral hits with its renditions of “Party Rock Anthem,” “Gangnam Style” and, most recently, “The Fox.”
In addition to behind-the-scenes footage, the trailer promotes interviews with Sheryl Crow (a one-time back-up singer), Martin Scorsese (who directed a music video for “Bad”) and others – all celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s landmark “BAD” album and tour.
This first-ever glimpse debuted exclusively on “The View” this morning. “Michael Jackson: BAD25″ will air Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 (9:30-11 p.m. ET) on ABC.
*The Spike Lee-directed documentary “BAD25,” which takes viewers through the making of Michael Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad” and recently debuted at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, will get a one-week theatrical run in Los Angeles and New York beginning Oct. 19.
After the theater run, “BAD25” will air on ABC on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 22).
Lee uses rare footage along with the recollections of Jackson’s collaborators and confidants to tell the story of the album. Among them: Martin Scorsese who directed the 18-minute short film for the single “Bad,” and Mariah Carey.
Said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson, in a statement: “Spike was the only choice for us when we decided to open up the archives and make this documentary. He has done a masterful job taking the audience behind the scenes and revealing how this ‘coming of age’ project was created.”
See BAD25 screening information below:
New York: Oct. 19 to 26 at AMC Loews Theater; 66 Third Ave.
Los Angeles: Oct. 26 to Nov. 2 at Chinese 6 Theaters; 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
The doc is one of several projects timed to the 25th anniversary of “Bad.” They include a deluxe package of remastered music along with a second disc of 13 rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, as well as the first ever DVD and live CD from the Bad world tour (shot and recorded on July 16, 1988 at Wembley stadium).
*Twenty-five years after its original release, Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album is back again with a little update.
As part of the quarter-century celebration, fans will get spoiled with a three-disc box set complete with all the greatest hits and a few surprises.
“Bad25” is due out Sept. 18 and will include songs like “Smooth Criminal” and “Man in the Mirror.”
Fans get a chance to hear six unreleased demos on disc two including “Al Capone,” which later became “Smooth Criminal” and “Abortion Papers,” which was Michael’s attempt to thoughtfully address the sensitive topic. The rest of the disc is filled with unreleased tracks like the French version of Michael performing “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and a remix of “Speed Demon.”
The filmmaker, who worked directed the King of Pop’s video for “They Don’t Care about Us” and considered him a friend, poured through footage of the singer for the documentary “Bad 25,” which celebrates the album’s 25th anniversary this year. Spike says even he learned some new things about Jackson from the “treasure chest of findings.”
“We have footage in this documentary that no one’s ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff,” he said in an interview Monday with the Detroit Free Press. “We had complete access to the vaults of Michael Jackson. … He wrote 60 demos for the ‘Bad’ record. Only 11 made it. So we got to hear a lot of that stuff, too, so it was just a great experience.”
He added: “You don’t have to be a Michael Jackson-head to enjoy this.”
Michael Jackson and filmmaker Spike Lee, right, arrive at the airport in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador on Friday, Feb. 9, 1996 to shoot scenes for Jackson’s video for “They Don’t Care About Us.”
Lee’s documentary will be part of a flood of material to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the “Bad” album, Jackson’s follow-up to “Thriller” that included such hits as “Smooth Criminal,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and the title track. As previously reported, the album is being rereleased on Sept.18 with additional tracks, a DVD and other bonus material; Lee’s film is due to come out later this year, but no date has been set.
Besides Jackson’s artistry, Lee said the documentary will show a more personal side of the late legend.
“He had a great sense of humor, and he was funny — so you’ll see a lot of that stuff,” he said.
Lee interviewed people ranging from Kanye West to Mariah Carey to Sheryl Crow, who was Jackson’s background singer on the “Bad” tour.
“We really divided it into two things: Artists today who were influenced by Michael, and then people who worked side by side — musicians, songwriters, technicians, engineers, people at the label, who were all committed to Michael, to the follow-up to the biggest record of all time, which still is ‘Thriller.’”
Besides the documentary, Lee also plans to hold his now annual birthday tribute to Jackson in Brooklyn, N.Y, on Aug. 25; Jackson would have turned 54 this year.
“This year we’re going to focus on the ‘Bad’ album, we’re going to focus on the 25th anniversary, but at the same time we’re going to play his full catalog, including the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons,” he said. “It’s going to be even bigger and better this year.
Below, the Spike Lee-directed video for Michael Jackson’s single “They Don’t Care About Us.”