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2013-06-27T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
June 27, 2013 12:00 am

Jackson's son says father feared concert promoter

Michael Jackson's eldest son testified Wednesday that his father was excited about going back on tour before his death but wasn't happy about the terms of the ill-fated shows. Prince Jackson told jurors his father wanted more time to rehearse and had several tense phone conversations with promoters of his "This Is It" shows that sometimes ended with his father in tears. The 16-year-old said his father remarked after one of the conversations, "'They're going to kill me.'" He did not elaborate. The testimony came in a lawsuit claiming AEG negligently hired Conrad Murray, the doctor who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. AEG denies it hired the physician or bears any responsibility for the entertainer's death. Prince testified that he saw AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips at the family's rented mansion in a heated conversation with Murray in the days before his father died. The teenager said he saw Phillips grabbing Murray's elbow. Phillips "looked aggressive to me," Prince testified. Michael Jackson wasn't at home at the time and was probably at rehearsals, Prince said. For the first time, the teenager publicly provided details about the day his father died. Prince testified that he saw Murray performing CPR on his father, who was hanging halfway off a bed. It appeared his dad's eyes were rolled up in the back of his head, Prince told jurors. Prince's eyes appeared red as he recalled being told by Murray at a hospital that his father was dead. The testimony began with the teenager showing jurors roughly 15 minutes of private family photos and home videos. AP

'A Night With Janis Joplin' heads to Broadway

The boozy, bluesy, hot-mama howl of Janis Joplin is heading to Broadway. Producers said Wednesday the musical "A Night With Janis Joplin" starring Mary Bridget Davies as the iconic singer will start previews at the Lyceum Theatre on Sept. 20. The show, written and directed by Randy Johnson, has a live onstage band and features Joplin hits and classic songs such as "Piece of My Heart," ''Mercedes Benz," ''Me and Bobby McGee," ''Ball and Chain" and "Summertime." AP

A tune for Boston

Local songwriter and Gary native David Moore (half of the Christian songwriting team Tyde Moore, featuring Moore and his wife Krista) and Christian singer Nathan Brumley, recently wrote the tune "#ShineonBoston" in memory of individuals who lost their lives during the Boston bombing tragedy in April. The song will officially be released July 16. But music fans who donate to the One Fund Boston by the end of today will be eligible to obtain a free download of the song through CDBaby. FYI: Visit CDBaby.com to purchase the song. Visit onefundboston.org to donate. - Eloise Marie Valadez

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