William Hall's performance is like a Michael Jackson concert

He's bad - but good: William Hall has all Michael Jackson's signature moves and costumes along with a vocal range to match. See him at the Glasshouse, October 12.

He's bad - but good: William Hall has all Michael Jackson's signature moves and costumes along with a vocal range to match. See him at the Glasshouse, October 12.

William Hall says he doesn’t think “we’ll ever see another Michael”, but he goes a long way to filling the gap left behind by the king of pop’s untimely death.

Hall was lucky enough to see the man himself many times in concert. “That was the best schooling for me, to see him live, ” he says referring to how he perfected Jackson’s moves and stage performance.

Currently in Australia for his Michael Jackson The Legacy Tour, Hall performs the show in concert format. There is no interval, nine costume changes for him, and dancers who were chosen based on their look and ability to do Jackson’s choreography.

Hall says putting the show together was a two and a half year process. “It took a lot of time, and money. Everything was made for me. I put the music and the band together.”

William Hall was lucky enough to have the same timbre and tone in his voice as Michael Jackson.

William Hall was lucky enough to have the same timbre and tone in his voice as Michael Jackson.

His favourite Jackson song growing up was Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough. But now he finds it hard to pick a favourite. “There’s too many to choose. I like them all. It just depends on the atmosphere on the night.” He belts out about 17 songs in the concert with no interval, and features a big screen tribute to the Jackson Five. “I remember listening and watching the Jackson Five when I was about eight, and it [the performance] stuck with me.”

As he got older, he began singing Jackson’s songs and learning his signature moves. Actually performing as Jackson is something that “just happened” he says. “I had a band in college an a promoter came up to me and asked if I would be interested in doing a Michael Jackson tribute.”

Thriller: Catch all of Michael Jackson's signature moves as William Hall performs in his The Legacy Tour concert at the Glasshouse on October 12. Tickets are $40-$65.

Thriller: Catch all of Michael Jackson's signature moves as William Hall performs in his The Legacy Tour concert at the Glasshouse on October 12. Tickets are $40-$65.

Twenty five years later, Hall replicates the trademark Jackson moves to perfection. “I was performing in Las Vegas and they [Michael and his entourage] came backstage. He was really impressed with my vocals. He was pretty much like what I thought he would be. We were two artists talking to one another.”

He gets so into the Michael Jackson persona, he says he sometimes finds it hard to introduce himself at the end of the show. “William Hall is my everyday disguise. I love being me, this is a job, but it’s a great one.” 

Don't stop till you get enough of William Hall as Michael Jackson in concert at the Glasshouse, Thursday, October 12, 8pm.

Don't stop till you get enough of William Hall as Michael Jackson in concert at the Glasshouse, Thursday, October 12, 8pm.

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