Unless he's resurrected from the grave, hologram-Tupac style, it's unlikely you're ever going to get to see Michael Jackson perform again live. Luckily, Toronto's Bishop Soul might be the next best thing. He is the performer behind King of Pop: The Michael Jackson Experience, a Canadian made tribute show that moonwalks its way into Casino Nova Scotia this Friday night.
"It captures the liveness, the spontaneity, and the magic of Michael Jackson," says Soul. And for the singer, a big part of recreating that magic means no lip-synching. "I definitely guarantee it's all the way live," says Soul. "I'm singing live, the band is live. Nothing is pre-recorded."
Like many of us, Soul grew up watching MJ perform on television, and was captivated by the King of Pop. But it wasn't until after Jackson's death in 2009 that Soul was discovered busking in Dundas Square by manager Allan Lamothe. The two put together the elaborate tribute show, with multiple costume changes and those famous dance moves, to play across Canada.
Audience members can expect to hear plenty of Michael Jackson's hits. Though Lamothe points out Jackson's oeuvre isn't easy to squeeze into a single set.
"It's so hard to get 15 percent, 20 percent of his hits in the show," he says.
As for Bishop Soul, the singer says he can't pick a single song that's his favourite to perform. Each presents unique challenges, whether it's the fluid dance moves of "Smooth Criminal," or the powerful vocals of "Man in the Mirror." "There's so many," he says. "He has such a wide range of stuff."
King of Pop: The Michael Jackson Experience w/ Bishop Soul, Friday, June 22 (8pm), Saturday, June 23 (1pm) at Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street, $30
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