Every Michael Jackson and Elvis fan from the current generation bemoans the fact that they could never see their icon performing live. The best thing about being a fan is waiting for the concerts to come to town and then scrounging up every penny you can find to see them for real on the stage. It is said that MJ’s performances on stage were so glorious that mere YouTube videos can never replicate them in all their awesomeness. No matter how much fans dream of seeing certain icons live in action, the fact is that they are no longer alive. Thankfully, though, visionaries like John Textor are still with us who can replicate that experience and give fans some respite.
The best creation in digital performances by John Textor was in 2014 when Michael Jackson was brought on stage, performing at the Billboard Music Awards. Needless to say, “Slave to the Rhythm” would never be the same again after one has witnessed that performance. It was difficult to even imagine that this was a digital performance and this is exactly what John Textor previously did with Benjamin Button. A lot of people are unaware that Brad Pitt’s older looking half (but actually younger) was a digital animation and not a real actor. However, the digital actor went on to win the Best Make Up award and that is how realistic the work was. With MJ’s performance too, the same kind of magic was recreated.
It was a particularly heart stopping moment when the curtains parted and MJ was sitting on the throne, marking the beginning of the Slave to the Rhythm performance. To see him grooving around the stage like that, a lot of fans and commenters of the video had tears in their eyes. And then, the most amazing thing happened when MJ moonwalked across the stage. Even when he was dancing with the supporting performers, MJ glowed (like he usually did in his real on-stage performances) and this was the best moment of the entire night.
After the performance, John Textor mentioned how easy it looked but how difficult it was, in reality. People might even see Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin and Bob Marley being recreated in the future, if the trend follows. Many people would enter the field of digital performances but it is doubtful whether they would do it as well as Pulse has since they wouldn’t have John Textor as their leader.