The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special was a 2001 (7 and 10 September, 2001) New York City revue show by Michael Jackson when he reunited with his brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, Tito and Marlon to perform a greatest hits medley. Tickets sold out in five hours. Unfortunately, this would be the last time the world was able to see the magic and the phenomenon of six brothers from Gary, Indiana all together live on stage.
|7 September||Madison Square Garden||New York||United States|
|10 September||Madison Square Garden||New York||United States|
Opening the show was Samuel L. Jackson's presentation of Usher, Whitney Houston & Mýa, performing a rendition of Michael's hit song "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", from his 1982 album, Thriller. Then Vanessa Amorosi from Australia arrived to perform hits. Among other performers and guests were Liza Minnelli singing "You Are Not Alone"; young Billy Gilman's performance of the 1972 song "Ben"; and James Ingram with Gloria Estefan singing Jackson's 1987 ballad, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You". Marc Anthony also sang "She's Out of My Life".
The second part of the show featured the reunion of Michael and his brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, Marlon, and Tito for a "greatest hits" medley, including their headlining songs:
- "Can You Feel It"
- "The Love You Save"
- "I Want You Back"
- "I'll Be There"
- "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
- "Dancing Machine" (with special guests, *NSYNC)
The final part of the show, Chris Tucker appears onstage, recalling a humorous conversation between him and Michael (imitating his voice) before announcing a live performance by Michael Jackson. The superstar performs a set of hits including "Billie Jean", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Black or White, " Beat It" and then "Billie Jean" and " You Rock My World" , when Michael is joined by Chris Tucker and Usher, performing a robotic dance routine.
In late November 2001, the CBS television network aired the concerts as a two-hour special in honor of Michael Jackson's thirtieth year as a solo entertainer (his first solo single, "Got to Be There", was recorded in 1971). The show was edited from footage of two separate concerts. The program attracted an audience of over 26 million viewers in the U.S. and over 450 million viewers worldwide, making it the most watched TV special of the decade.