OK leaving now for Staple Center. Will update again once there.
Ok on scene at 8:18 Crazyness personified.
8:27 Photo tribute on Staples big screen outside. Vendors selling hoards of t-shirts. So many different kinds of people everywhere.
8:38 Looking at free memorial program they handed out at entry. Nicely done.
8:47 It seems like there is about as much media passes as there would be, if not more, for a super bowl. Human Nature just finished playing in background.
9:00 At seats right by stage. AEG took care of us. The Jackson family is at Forest Lawn right now.
9:05 Al Sharpton here at Staples. They just put casket in hearse. LAPD does not want that info out. Oops.
9:23 Jackson Family along with casket is on way.
9:30 Smokey Robinson shaking hands with one of the Jackson family's Ministers. Motorcade and helicop escort on way with casket to Staple Center.
9:37 Kim Kardashian and her mom just sat down. Nice view for me when she sat down. Trying to keep it light people.
9:48 They are testing lights. MJ's body is here. Pulling into Staple Center.
9:54 Am I the only person here who is not family wearing black and a suit to boot? Media peeps dress too lax.
10:00 Magic Johnson came in. The crowd went nuts for Kobe Bryant.
10:08 Larry King and Barbara Walters. Soundchecking instruments. Getting ready to start.
10:12 Asked to clear aisles. About to bring in casket.
10:14 Diana Ross statement by Smokey was classic. Nelson Mandela as well.
10:17 Queen Latifah looks very pretty. Sad look on her face.
10:18 Usher walked in wearing shades.
10:19 Jackson family about to be walked in.
10:22 Jackson fam gets standing ovation as take seats.
10:24 Good shot of Janet all in black with shades.
10:27 Prince Michael hands Janet his program. Children sitting next to Katherine.
10:33 Casket coming out was a surreal moment. Were the gloves touching or tacky?
10:40 Would Mariah do anything else then I'll Be There? Shrieks n tears from crowd. Not sure you can hear it on tv. That was Trey Lorenz right?
10:44 Queen Latifah went off cue of the prompter a few times. Nicely done.
10:47 Everyone has written down what they are going to say but a teleprompter is up with what they are going to say.
10:49 Lionel Ritchie, baby.
10:54 Berry Gordy is gonna be while I think. Long history with MJ.
11:02 Great speech by Berry.
11:04 Great video tribute. Went over well.
11:07 Stevie Wonder was, is, and always will be the man. Truth.
11:16. Magic n Kobe's house is now Michael's.
11:20 Jennifer Hudson, girl thank you.
11:25 Rev. Al Sharpton speaks. I see people heading to the bathroom. WTH?
11:30 Al was kinda loud wasn't he? He made a good point to Michael's children.
11:33 John Mayer. Human Nature baby Loved John's performance. No microphone needed.
11:38 Brooke Sheilds was. The first one to cry? Wow. 1st female but still.
11:47 Jermaine soloing on Smile eh? Well allright.
11:51 Friends of family MLK IIi speak.
12:05 World Humanitarian Award. No matter what you say, he was a humanitarian.
12:10 Usher's Performance is everything you thought it was.
12:14 Smokey Robinson was heartfelt and funny. This Is Not It.
12:18 Well dayum. Brit's Got Talent for sure.
12:24 The Family joining for a "We Are the World", including his children.
12:27 Looks like "Heal The World" will be it for the memorial. Will see if I can get more for you.
12:37 The Jackson brothers speaking about Michael.
12:40 Paris almost broke my heart. If I had one. Sad.