via UK Loves MJ - Michael loves books and his reading material for this trip was the ‘Giant Book of Knowledge A-Z’
Day 17 of 30
Michael Jackson’s commercial for his issue of People Magazine in 1984
Michael Jackson in an amusement park in Japan, 1987.
Backstage on the ‘Bad’ tour with Michael is his tour guide George Kerwinski who was with Michael during his 3 tours.
An article from Bravo Magazine, from 1993, from George Kerwinski gives many fascinating insights into his time with Michael ~ [maybe errors in translation]
104 exciting days and nights he hasn’t stopped being right next to the superstar. As a support during his tour, the german George Kerwinski has taken care of everything from Munich to Bucharest. His back stage pass has been opening every door for him. In the german magazin Bravo, Michael’s german bodyguard tells about the times he spent with him and what [Michael] he is.
The beginnng of the tour itself was hard. Michael had to go to the hotel straight from the plane. Before getting off the plane Michael waited to get detailed instructions from his peeps - Bill Bray and Wayne Nagin, about what is going to happen and what he is supposed to be doing and where he is suppose to go, and whom hand he is shaking and all that stuff.
Since he’s been 5 back in the Jackson 5 days, Michael has been escorted by Bill Bray, who during that time has been a huge in LA police. Bill and his friend Wayne plus 5 more security guys and me are part of the so called inner security who watches over Michael.
During the Dangerous tour a total of 150 people have supported Michael. All of them have been separated in 3 groups: A PARTY=ARTIST ( 40 peeps), includes his security and his closest persons. B - PARTY=BAND here are the musicians, dancers and the make-up crew - total of 30 bodies. And C PARTY = CREW- contains of tech crew, guys dealing with the sound and those who build the stage - total of 80 people. А, В and С are being placed in different hotels, cause Michael don`t wants somebody of the team blame him if some people misbehave. Michael likes to sign him self as Mark Levis, except for this one he’s got dozen more nick names.
Michael does not always use a plane. When its dark or its raining, he doesn’t use a plane - by doing that he is [putting] the crew off , which in cases like these are forced to put up with longer bus trips. Often when its just drizzling, we’ve tried to cover that, telling him, that the plane tracks are dry…
In his crew he has 2 film teams, who are filming how is his day going - during this tour - the arrival, the show itself, fans, everything. Every night the film makers are working on one movie made out of what they have been filmed. These movies have been presented to Michael eveyday. Watching them, he observes the behaviour of the security towards the fans. In Frankfurt, Wayne Nagin unintentionally hurts a fan so hard that the fan started bleeding. When Bill says this sentence: “Michael wants to see you” – everybody knows, that follows a talk one on one with Michael and therefore punishment.
Hard to believe, but Michael never has a dollar, not even a credit card on him. When he needs something he is asking for Bill’s card or the security pays in cash.
Before his show in Munich, Michael asked me: “George, I would like to say “I love you” to the people, how can I say it in German?” I wrote down on a piece of paper the words he repeated them couple of times and put it in his pocket, and he was happy when I praise him for the pronunciation. Seconds before he goes on stage he reads it again.
I don’t think that Michael has expected me to follow him in German’s Sulzbach to Peter Petz - the person who is making carousels. He was impressed with an old carousel with 84 seats.
As we entered the garden, I noticed that Michael freaked out. The reason was the dog of the family who was sniffing Michael :”Take that dog away!I am scared of dogs!!” Even more funnier was the cloud of bees. He tried to run away and even jump in the bushes, but Peter got us in his office, which saved him. During the talk Michael sat on a wooden chair and saw a bowl with cookies. I asked can he take some, he said it was ok. That was unusual, cuz Michael doesn’t eat anything which is not done by his Indian cook - Sadhana Khalsa.
Michael would be nervous only when he knows in the crowd there are some of his friends. Example- in Oslo I noticed he never grabbed his crotch, he only placed his hand on his thigh. Later I found out Diana Ross with her kids was there.
Michael has a certain schedule during the day. He rarely goes to bed before 5 am and usually wakes up late - 12 pm. After that he eats fruit, which is the only meal before the show. His doctor Forecast goes along with him on the tour and takes care of Michael to take enough liquids. In fact he is not disciplined at all as long as eating is concerned „He doesnt eat and drink enough” the doctor used to say.
The last person who sees Michael before he hits the stage is Michael Bush. He is the only one who can make Michael stand still while he puts the tape on his fingers.
During his time off, Michael walks with no make up, and doesn’t care how he looks. He doesnt care about his clothes and often wears them for a long time.
He is crazy about tricks. He visits as often as possible his friends Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. Once I showed him a trick with a quarter in a glass of water which disappears and appears again afterwards. I had to promise to reveal the secret, after I did so, he was happy like a little kid.
The 11 years old Brett Barnes from Melbourne/Australia is Michael’s all the time advisor during his toy shopping. He, his sister and their parents and the private teacher are with Micheal during his entire tour.
Michael felt the best in “Post Hotel” in Pegnitz. In this hotel, every apartment is made in a different age. Michael choose the technical one. He and Brett were playing for hours in it with the remote controls of doors, tv’s. curtains. I was on my way to my bed around midnight, and there he is, Michael was in the hall. We talked for couple of minutes and he started asking me about the history of Germany. He was fascinated by the fact that Richard Wagner and king Ludwig II were homosexuals and probably have had relationship. He asked me innocent, like a child : “You mean they were dating?” We laughed at that pretty much.
In ‘Post hotel” the day after, Michael met a person who had a cart with some covered object on it. Later I found out that this person owns a musical store, offered Michael one of his best Bavarian zither – ( German musical instrument ).
In Oslo Michael [annoyed] Helmut Kohl and his wife Hannelore. He had to leave the apartment by 11am so that he can get in. But Michael did not want to interrupt his sleep before 2pm. Helmut and his wife had to wait in the hall.
Michael is not a vegan, as what he is known for. He just doesn’t care about meat. He likes to eat rice and vegetables.
In Paris his parents showed up and wanted to attend his concert. He sent Bill to tell them he doesnt want them in there, nor to meet them. The parents did not agree and followed us in Toulouse. They still did not make it through Michael’s security.
Whoever dares to talk to Michael before the show is in a big mess. Seconds before the start of the show he sits on the catapult which throws him couple of meters over the stage and he is worried if everything will go ok. That trick is the most dangerous, cuz the opening from which Michael is being shot out of has to close for seconds. If something goes wrong Michael would fall from 5 meters high.
The second dangerous situation during the show is between Thriller and Billie Jean. After the coffin, Michael goes underneath the stage through a little crack on the floor, really fast he has to pass underneath the stage and to climb up with the help of a big portable ladder to the upper movable stage, placed 12 meters high. That trick was called the “magic carpet”.
It was crazy when a young man said he would jump off the roof of a house in London right across Michael’s hotels room if Michael doesn’t talk to him for awhile. When Michael approached the window, the dude asked him to sing for him. After that he asked him to dance for him as well. Surprised by that insolence, Michael did his moonwalk. Ever since we were afraid that in every city there will be a phycho like this one.
On Aug 29th Michael got lost. He didn’t want to be present at the party they threw in Frankfurt, the party was about his own birthday. He hates to be reminded of his age. We were all up for the party, when he decided he has to go to Regensburg, to meet prince Albert and his momma queen Gloria.
Michael doesnt care when girls try to seduce him. In Rotterdam, back stage he found two girls with short skirts. He told me: “Look at these girls! They are like Billie Jean and Dirty Diana.”
Every time he is very excited when there is some of his friends. In Brussells Liz Taylor showed up. He passed the crowd and came right in front of the stage. After the show in the hotel they talked till midnight
It seems like Michael doesn’t use his perfume for men “Legende Michael Jackson”. My niece, 19 years old Sandra, came up on the stage in Ludwigshafen. When he gave her a hug she felt that Michael “smells like a little baby”, “probably he uses a baby cream” - she told me later.
104 days after I was with him, he said farewell after the last show in Bucharest with one “Bye Georgie!”. He smiled through his sun glasses. I hope we will see each other again soon.
To conclude I would like to say some of my opinion in connection with the interview with Oprah W. To me that broadcast was a sign - a beginning of a new era. I’m sure that in the future Michael will tell a lot about himself . I believe in the story about the skin disease, and after the interview I noticed the spots on his face. The color of his skin in fact is not the same. He lied a little bit on the question who is he hanging out with. I think there is nothin more than a true friendship with the actress Brooke Sheilds. She never came to 1 of his European shows.
To me Michael is one exceptionally sensitive person filled up with unbelievable inner peace who deserves huge love. I don’t think he is able to give his heart away to only one person.