The King Of Pop And Schlock

At his self-thrown tribute concert, Michael Jackson reminds everyone why he's great--and unbearable

Seven weeks before the release of the album Invincible, which will either begin his comeback or mark the end of his relevance, Michael Jackson threw himself two giant, ridiculous tribute concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden, pieces of which will be broadcast on CBS in November. What we learned is what we knew: Jackson is a man of extraordinary talent and remarkably bad taste.

First, the bad taste. Never mind that tickets for the shows ranged from $45 to $2,500. That was positively classy compared with the first two hours of the Friday-night event. After the show opened with...

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