On the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, author Zack O’Malley Greenburg demonstrates the late superstar’s work ethic with an anecdote from his new book, in which the Jersey rockers get a visit from Bubbles the Chimp.
An unlikely encounter between the King of Pop and the Jersey rockers, revealed here for the first time, offers a rare glimpse into the private world of Michael Jackson — and sheds light on the other-worldly work ethic that helped him earn over $1 billion in his life. Adapted from Michael Jackson, Inc: The Rise, Fall and Rise of A Billion-Dollar Empire (Atria Books, June 2014).
In September of 1987, Jon Bon Jovi and his eponymous band were still riding the buzz of Slippery When Wet, which had catapulted the group to international superstardom a year earlier. They were playing a handful of shows in Tokyo’s 20,000-seat Budokan arena while Michael Jackson drew 135,000 fans over a sold-out…
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