Director Plans 'We Are the World' Jackson Tribute

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2009 9:20 AM CDT
Chinese fans of Michael Jackson light candles during a mourning service for the deceased pop star in Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi province on Saturday, June 27.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Michael Jackson tribute based on his 1985 song "We Are the World" may be the best way to honor the King of Pop, the director of Jackson's comeback concerts told the Los Angeles Times. Kenny Ortega says he envisions using the choreography, costuming, and musical staging Jackson had planned to use in his upcoming "This Is It" tour.

"I hope all his artist friends will come together and have a real 'We Are the World' where we can share stories and Michael's legacy in some great celebration," said Ortega. "He's so beloved in the world, somehow, perhaps we can find a way to pay tribute to his mind, talent, vision, and heart."