Good grief, we thought when this event flyer dropped into our email inbox, are people still going on about Michael Jackson, nearly a year after he died? The months of wailing and rending of clothes were almost enough to put us off him for life. Then we saw sense. After all, MJ tribute acts were doing the rounds well before the star soft-shoe-shuffled off his mortal coil; why should they stop now? Indeed, tributes are now the closest thing any of us will get to seeing Jackson live in concert, so they’re actually doing us a favour.
And, of course, the music is ageless, from the Jackson 5 days right up to ‘Earth Song’. Yeah, he went a bit crap after that but still: 20-odd years of quality tunes are hard to argue with. If you fancy testing that theory, head down to Zinc this Wednesday, where tribute artist Robin Parsons is stepping up to the stage. We’re promised dancing, live singing and songs from the Jackson 5 period through to his solo career; let’s just hope there’s another little lull before anyone brings Jackson up again.