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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Never-Before-Seen Photos of Michael Jackson On Stage

Jun. 25 2010, Published 9:32 a.m. ET

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To commemorate the life and work of Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his death, has obtained never-before-seen photos of the King Of Pop performing in the early 1980s.

The stunning shots show Jackson touring with his talented family a short time before he parted ways with them professionally and cemented his name in music history.

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In these early days, Jackson had already created his own signature style - wearing bedazzled pants and a patterned shirt that were the height of fashion at that time.

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Close ups of Jackson’s face show him looking much more natural and healthy, which is a startling contrast to the frozen mask he wore following his spiral into plastic surgery and drug addiction.

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A number of the photos show him donning protective knee pads to avoid injury while sliding across the stage. This was before his hair was set on fire in a much more elaborate pyrotechnic stunt while shooting a Pepsi commercial in 1984!

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The final photograph of the collection portrays the Jackson brothers as they bow humbly together to the crowd at the end of another mind-blowing and memorable show.

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And has learned the photos are a precursor to something even bigger - the existence of previously un-seen video of the Jackson Five rehearsing for the 1981 Triumph Tour, one of the group’s most successful tours ever. In the footage, Jackson showed foul-mouth by swearing, as he sang: “Bitch, close your eyes, let the rhythm get into you. I wanna rock with you.”



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