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Tribute to Jacko at the Lounge

PUBLISHED: 16:05 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:34 12 August 2010

MAN IN THE MIRROR: Tribute act BEN gets on down at The Lounge bar in White Horse Hill, Chislehurst.

MAN IN THE MIRROR: Tribute act BEN gets on down at The Lounge bar in White Horse Hill, Chislehurst.

IN DIFFERENT circumstances you could have been forgiven for thinking the King of Pop was playing an impromptu intimate gig as his number one hits blasted out from inside a pub.

IN DIFFERENT circumstances you could have been forgiven for thinking the King of Pop was playing an impromptu intimate gig as his number one hits blasted out from inside a pub.

Instead, it was tribute act BEN, playing to scores of saddened but lively fans at The Lounge in White Horse Hill, Chislehurst last Friday.

Having been planned before the star tragically died, the night took on a new meaning for fans who gathered to pay their last respects to the world's most successful artist.

Superfan Jess Montila said: "What a great night, I can't believe he's gone. What a send off we gave him."

The event was in celebration of Jackson's 50-date tour at the O2 Arena in Greenwich and his stay in Foxbury Manor, less than a mile up the road in Kemnal Road.

When news broke of the popstar's demise, staff at The Lounge were thrown in to turmoil about whether to go ahead with the evening but after deliberation they opted press ahead and give Jackson a fitting send off.

BEN said: "Obviously this is an upsetting time for me but I intend on fulfilling all my future contracts to keep the memory and of course the iconic and legendary music of Michael Jackson alive. I feel it is my duty to go on celebrating his outstanding achievements in music."

Part of the performance included a recorded testimonial by Michael Jackson himself, talking about his career, music and some personal thoughts behind some of the lyrics.


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