Michael Jackson impersonator, Michael Firestone will be doing a live singing tribute in “MJ Live!” in the Crown Theater at Rio All-Suite with eight backup dancers.
The talented tribute artist lives in Las Vegas and grew up as the son of an Air Force serviceman so his family moved around a lot. He’s lived in North Carolina, England and New York where he was born. It was in North Carolina as a teen he began working on his career and was self taught. He used VHS tapes of Michael Jackson and would slow them down to learn Michael’s famous dance moves. Firestone learned to sing with CDs and tape recordings of his voice. He also would go to gospel churches in North Carolina and sing for vocal practice. He said, “I wanted this career really bad.”
He said, “Star Cruises from China found out about me and I would do shows but it only lasted three months before he had enough of being seasick and had to quit that job. We would cruise to Australia, Singapore and back to China. The usually reserved Chinese would be on the edge of their seats and were great audiences to perform too.”
At age 33, Firestone has a normal family life and is engaged to be married. He said, “I have a seven-month old German shepherd and two children with another on the way and we all live in a duplex in Northwest Las Vegas. My daughters want to be entertainers and want to come to all of my shows.”
He said, “I love Michael Jackson and he was a big influence on me in my life. I’m still sad over his death. I almost quit I was so taken back. It happened when I was a Dealertainer at the Imperial Palace. I had planned to go and see him perform during his London tour and I had tickets front and center in the fourth row.”
Firestone said, “I think Katy Perry and Lady Gaga represent the rebirth of Madonna. It’s almost like plagiarism. My superheroes in the music industry are Prince who is my favorite, Cyndia Lauper, David Bowie and Aerosmith is my favorite rock band.”
Asked what songs he will be singing he said, “For sure I will be doing “Billie Jean,” “Human Nature,” “Beat It” and “Just Want to be Starting Something.”