By Zachary Swickey
A treasure trove of unseen footage of King of Pop Michael Jackson has been surfacing for years since his untimely passing in 2009, and a reissue of his classic (8x platinum) album Bad will boast even more recently-found footage of the star.
As part of the album’s 25th anniversary re-release, the Bad 25 deluxe package will include a few unheard demos and songs that didn’t make the original version of the heralded album. Bad, of course, already features some of his biggest hits – “Bad,” “The Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Smooth Criminal” to name a few. The deluxe album drops September 18 and is the first official re-release of any of his albums since his passing.
The live footage to be included was taken at Jackson’s memorable performance at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1988 – a concert that was attended by 72,000 rabid fans and even Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Reuters reports that the rare tracks and footage were discovered in Jackson’s personal collection, and that the footage is the sole copy of the performance – recorded specifically, personally, for MJ himself.
In other King of Pop news, several of his belongings will go up for auction later this year – including his iconic crystal glove, which is estimated to fetch more than $400,000.
A collection of stage costumes will also hit the auction block at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on December 2. The proceeds of the auction will go towards Guide Dogs of America and the Nathan Adelson Hospice located in Las Vegas.