When it comes to the undeniable talent of Michael Jackson, there are few that can emulate his formidable vocals, gravity-defying dancing and unmatched stage presence, few do it as well as William Hall.
Regarded as one of the world’s preeminent Jackson impersonators, William has worked with some of Michael’s most trusted friends and colleagues, including guitarist Tommy Organ, touring bassist Sam Sims and choreographer LaVelle Smith Jr.
Now the US-bred William will be heading to Belmont 16s this weekend as part of his Michael Jackson The Legacy Tour and he told Newcastle Live that fans of Jackson would not leave disappointed.
“This show really is a blast and if you’re a fan of Michael, you’re gonna love it,” William said.
“It’s a completely new show with new songs and all of the multimedia had been redone – it’s quite spectacular and I’m excited to bring it back to Australia.”
While William kept mum on the setlist he did reveal that the show would feature all of Michael’s biggest hits while taking the audience on a musical and visual voyage through the artistic life of possibly the greatest performer of the 20th century.
While embodying the spirit of one of the most charismatic performers of our age might be a daunting prospect for most, William said that he is always excited at the prospect.
“That’s the best part for me – getting into character right before a show,” he said. “I don’t get nervous when it’s time to do Michael, it’s exciting. I feel like I’m in a Broadway play.”
While he added that getting into the headspace of Michael before a show was no easy feat, William said that the hardest part to nail was the singing.
“Sure he was a great dancer and great performer – we’ll never see anyone as talented again – but for me getting those vocals down is the toughest thing for me because Michael’s voice is so unique and it was the way he delivered those songs that touched everyone.”
Catch the Michael Jackson Legacy show at Belmont 16s on Saturday 12 October. Get your tickets here.