Friday, April 19, 2024

Michael Jackson “Bad25” Box Features Dedication to Frank DiLeo


Michael Jackson’s “Bad25” boxed set is one of the best packages I’ve ever seen. Beautifully executed in a CD sized box (and not all the unnecessary packaging that often comes with these things), “Bad25” has four discs, two four color booklets, a poster, and stick on decal of the “Bad” cover if you want to add it to the package. The box itself is simple and elegant. Executors John Branca and John McClain dedicate the box to Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three kids. And on the back page of the main booklet, there’s a beautiful dedication to Michael’s late manager, Frank Dileo.

There’s a full page picture of Michael and Frank, with this inscription: “We would like to this opportunity to acknowledge the passing of Michael’s friend, Frank Dileo, who, as Michael’s then manager, played such an integral role in the BAD album and subsequent tour. As we listened to the music, looked through photos and watched videos, while working on this album and the documentary by Spike Lee to celebrate this era in Michael’s career, Frank was always in our thoughts. We miss his friendship, humor and spirit.”

Everything about “Bad25” is well done, perfect. The demos are a treasure trove. The live album from Wembley Stadium is a collector’s item. The remastered “Bad” shows Michael at his peak performance. Ironically, this is from before everything “Bad” happened. It goes on sale next Tuesday, the 18th. Don’t download it. You want the box.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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