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Oct 30, 2009

André Rieu Wanted To Perform With Michael Jackson

André in Maastricht In His Tribute To Michael Jackson

Herald Sun October 30, 2009

DUTCH violin maestro Andre Rieu has revealed he had hoped to team up with Michael Jackson for a musical performance, before the singer's shocking death in June.

Rieu, who made a surprise appearance at the premiere of Jackson's "This Is It" at Crown on Wednesday night in Melbourne, said he had met Jackson while performing in Monaco and had been impressed by the singer. "He was a great man and a great artist," Rieu said. "I would have loved to have made music together with him."

Rieu said he had been performing one of his trademark waltzes at the World Music Awards when the King of Pop caught his attention. "He was sitting in the front row and he really enjoyed it," Rieu said. "We have lost a fantastic man."

And Rieu, who performed the first of his four Melbourne concerts at Rod Laver Arena last night, said he had added two Jackson songs, 'Ben' and 'Earth Song' to his repertoire to honour the late singer.

"He is fantastic, he is a genius . . . I play two pieces to honour him," he said.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, this was interesting to read and now I can see why Andre liked Michael Jackson so much. It's nice to know MJ liked Andre's music too. I hope he'd actually listened to Andre's waltzes periodically at least for his own soothing.

Martha

InekeHolland said...

Well, Andre has already seen "This is it" in the cinema in Melbourne!
Ruud and I have tickets for this movie on Sunday Nov.1st. I am very curious, for Michael was indeed a unique singing and dancing artist.
Ineke.

Sue Berry said...

We're going to see it Sunday too Ineke ~ can't wait!! You are ahead of us in time though, so you'll see it first. :)

Chris T. said...

It would have been interesting to see Andre in an audience for a change, and to watch his reactions. Who were the lucky Aussies sitting around him???

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