Downtown can easily have a simple tribute to Micheal Jackson by recreating the Palace Theater marquee as seen in its cameo in "Thriller".
The John Landis directed 14 minute short is considered a benchmark for MTV and Micheal Jackson. It has also kept the song alive for years.
Others may call the many versions of Thriller just parodies. Not so. The Elvis hip swing is mocked. The Beatles are imitated. But the dance of head nods, and arms extended up and out while step shuffling to the side are performed with conviction and affectionate participation.
As for the performers on the most popular alternative version of Thriller, they were performing for the Philippine International Tourism Fair only a few hours before Micheal Jackson died. After being told of Jackson's death, the inmates practiced for nine hours as a tribute, and performed for a crowd of about 700 locals and foreign tourists.
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