Beat it – The Dangerous Tour Rehearsals – Michael Jackson

“Beat it – The Dangerous Tour Rehearsals 1992”


Michael Jackson Beat It – Dangerous Tour Rehearsal (YouTube)

Interesting Michael Jackson rehearsal points from “Beat it”…

1) Michael recreated the bass sounds with his voice whilst the band found the correct bass on the keyboard. Michael performed a lot of vocal effects with his mouth, during this rehearsal.

2) Michael’s vocal was brilliant and almost better than on the actual Dangerous Tour! As usual, Michael forgot the words to the song, just like he did later in the “Royal concert in Brunei

3) The strings and pads sound very good and so do the backing singers and their harmonies – very impressive.

4) Music sounds brilliant but is missing Jennifer Battens famous guitar playing. Her visual presence for this song is an important part of the performance, I think.

5) Bass not loud enough for Michael and he instructs them to play in “louder!“. This is a regular occurrence during this rehearsal.

6) Michael sounds pretty crazy whilst performing the guitar solo with his mouth! Genius at work …

7) This version lacked form, with too many extended sections with mistakes. The band also stopped early with Michael carrying on singing, whist the band caught up. This also happened on one of the “Madison Square Garden 2001” concerts, but was edited out.

8 ) The Bass breakdown section before the main dance, lacked form and varied from show to show, just like on the Bad tour. They sharpened this up for the tour and made it consistent and on the beat. A good improvement.

9) MJ’s Dancing was very strong and the crane/cherry picker, stops slightly early, so crew were there to help him out and return to the stage and finally …

10) Really impressive spotlights at the end. The Dangerous Tour “Beat it” was the best, especially for lighting. For some reason Michael wanted the stadium lights on during this song on the History tour, on many occasions and although this was great for him to see the audience, it had an adverse effect on the lighting. This rehearsal: great spotlights!

Michael Jackson Beat It – Dangerous Tour Toulouse (Amateur – Youtube)

By Anthony King

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