Wednesday, 13 February 2008 15:05
by Janice Murphy, UK
February 13, 2008
Our UK correspondent Janice sent us the following report from the launch of 'Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition' in London (UK):
The morning of Monday 11th February was a beautiful dry sunny morning, and as if that wasn’t enough... more importantly it was the launch day of the Thriller 25th Anniversary album in the UK.
My friend and I took the tube to Oxford Street and made our way to the HMV store, arriving at 10.15am , where we met up with some fans outside.
It was around 11am before anything really happened, when suddenly some of the fans started running up Oxford Street to the right of the store, clicking their cameras as they went.
It wasn’t long before we saw what all the fuss was about.
Coming down a very crowded Oxford street were around 10 fans all of them adorned in Thriller jackets, fronted by a Michael fan in a silver sparkling Dangerous jacket. They posed for pictures out side the store in front of two large poster boards that had been put out at the front of the store especially.
After a photo shoot, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Beat It’ were played much to the delight of the crowd, which by then had tripled in size.
It was very hard for us to see what was going on at the front, as the place got so crowded and somehow we ended up at the back of it all. But we did see Danny Oliver, Remy and the dancers from 'Thriller Live'. Then all of a sudden just above the crowds we saw Navi out front dancing……. We hadn’t even realised that Navi was there up until that point, as the crowd was so huge.
Cameras were flashing everywhere and for a twenty five or so magical minutes, a part of bustling Oxford Street finally came to a stand still and was held spellbound by all things MJ.
After the dancing, we all made our way into the store; to pick up our copies of the Thriller 25th anniversary album in various forms... although some fans couldn’t wait that long and had got there earlier to grab theirs before the launch had started.
Navi had several pictures taken with fans inside the store, which was buzzing as they showed concert footage of Michael on a huge screen at the back.
Fans started to disperse gradually after a good half hour or more, and we left the store in pure wonderment of knowing the King of Pop was back stronger than ever before……….. Although, we know that he had never, ever been away.