I have to be honest, I’m not generally a fan of cover bands or impersonators so I was cautious when I was asked if I wanted to see Kenny Wizz – Michael Jackson HIStory II at the State Theatre. I have always been a big fan of Jacko’s music so I thought “what the hell”, and decided to go along last Sunday night to see the tribute show.
I’m so glad I did, because without a doubt it was two hours of magic as Kenny channelled the ‘King Of Pop’ to perfection.
From the opening notes of Jam I knew we were in for a treat as a mind-blowing light show hit the stage and his backup dancers appeared busting out some sensational moves to a pumped up crowd, from kids to grandparents.
Then from the back of the stage appeared Kenny in a plume of smoke, and as the lights went up and he came closer to the audience you could have sworn you were watching the real Michael Jackson.
Not only did he look exactly like Michael Jackson, but he had perfected every move and most importantly he sounded like they real deal!
There are too many highlights to list them all, but I loved his rendition of Smooth Criminal complete with that amazing moment where Kenny aka Jacko appears to defy gravity and lean at 45 degrees in mid-air.
I also loved the ballads like Heal The World and the stunning She’s Out Of My Life, where my friend Carly was plucked out of the audience and taken on stage and serenaded!
Of course I can’t finish this review without mentioning Billie Jean and yes, he did manage to do the moonwalk just as stunningly as Michael used to do.
The show has made me change my mind about tribute shows. I floated out of the State Theatre on cloud-nine, grateful for the fact I had experienced this amazing show which exceeded my expectations in so many ways.