Michael Jackson Memorial – Play by Play from Inside Staples Center

I was fortunate enough to be present inside Staples Center during Michael Jackson’s Memorial Services yesterday.  Even now, 24 hours later, I still can’t believe it.  I’ve tried to put it into words over several radio interviews, meetings, conversations, and nothing has worked.

Below is my play by play, both via notes I took and also twitter messages.

-couldnt sleep, finally got to bed at 4am
-woke up late
-still slept in more, finally up and moving at 7:30am
-drove to train station and parked there
-train was packed, everyone looking at my wrist, thought i was going to get mugged
-3 beautiful girls offered to be my date, I was money hungry, planned to sell ticket
-arrived at Staples, surprised how few people were gathered
-police were exceptional, amazing crowd control
-walked around for 15 mins looking to sell ticket
-met people from all over the world just wanting to be a part of this
-started to get second thoughts about selling it, didn’t feel right
-almost sold it, decided to call up the biggest MJ fan I know at 9am
-she cried and I was happy
-she drove 80 all the way. Arrived w/15 mins to spare
-terrible time w/one way streets in downtown
-gleefully skipped into Staples
-lots of empty seats, hope they let others in
-pushed back 30 mins
-they let others in from outside, about 250-300 I heard
-Loudspeaker: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Smokey Robinson” – WOW! 

My view, the vibe was immense.

"We Are The World"... the vibe was immense... we were all singing along.

(For my thoughts during the event, check out my tweets at www.twitter.com/music4president or just look below, tweets are italicized

waking up for MJ Memorial in about 4 hours, can’t sleep, so excited… in section 301 at Staples Center!!
2:54 AM Jul 7th from web

lots of crying, body just brought in… wow
10:35 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

looks like they filled the empty seats w/people from outside, looks much more packed now!
10:37 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

love how i have to find out via twitter that there was a problem w/audio, we at staples sat in silence for a lonnnng time
10:39 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

mariah carey sounds amazing… chills… wow, staples is lit up w/flash bulbs
10:41 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

crazy to watch Berry Gordy speak about MJ’s passing on the day Berry’s son has his debut album dropping.. (LMFAO’s Red Foo)
10:59 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

mj video tribute being played on the big screens, this staples is ripping with applause/tears
11:04 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

stevie wonder walking up.. amazing/sad i get to see so many of my icons in one place
11:07 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

you can hear shouts of “we love you michael” in between each performance, amazing
11:16 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

the claps around staples right now are seriously unreal… jennifer hudson is nailing each note
11:22 AM Jul 7th from mobile web

taking bets on who does the moonwalk first… Justin Timberlake? Usher? Obama? Me??
12:06 PM Jul 7th from mobile web

id like to hear some music to make us dance… if this is a celebration of life, lets celebrate! i wanna see this place get down!
12:27 PM Jul 7th from mobile web

-walked out and multiple people were wanting to hear music and dance
-very somber mood as people left
-much more lively mood after we got outside, lots of music and dancing
-almost more people waiting outside now than before
-passed by 100 types of MJ shirts and anything else you can imagine
-hopped on packed train where most were at the memorial.
-got back home, turned on CNN, tried to gather my thoughts.

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