Michael Jackson's guitarist to play at Scarborough show

Michael Jackson’s iconic guitarist Jennifer Batten will perform in Scarborough alongside what is billed as the world’s number one Michael Jackson tribute artist.

By Steve Bambridge
Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 12:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 12:54 pm
Navi and Jennifer Batten
Navi and Jennifer Batten

Jennifer Batten performed with Michael Jackson across the globe on all three of his record-breaking world tours – the Bad World Tour (1987-89), Dangerous World Tour (1992-93) and History World Tour (1996-97).

She also featured heavily in the iconic Super Bowl half-time show, regarded by many as Jackson's most spectacular performance.

She was initially hand-picked to play on the Bad Tour but Jackson was so impressed that she joined him on the road for the next 10 years, playing on his Dangerous and History tours to more than 4.5 million fans worldwide.

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    Now she has teamed up with Navi for The King Of Pop: The Legend Continues, at Scarborough Spa on Friday April 24 2020.

    Talking about the tour, Jennifer said: "I’m really looking forward to playing Michael Jackson’s music again with a top notch tribute in the UK. I remember the crowds in UK were mad crazy for Michael. Not too many acts could fill Wembley stadium day after day, and year after year!"

    King Of Pop – The Legend Continues stars Navi, who was hired by Michael Jackson himself as the star's official body double.

    Navi is widely regarded as the leading and most successful Michael Jackson tribute artist in the world, a claim that is backed up by an incredible list of achievements chalked up in a career spanning three decades.

    Jackson booked Navi to perform at two of his lavish birthday parties in New York and Los Angeles, and went on to give him a standing ovation (captured live on film by local news crew).

    Talking about his relationship with the star, Navi said: "To meet Michael was one thing, but to perform in front of the greatest entertainer of all time and to perform his songs was no easy feat and extremely nerve-wracking."

    The production features all of Jackson’s mega-hits in a fast-paced, two-hour show that will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along all night to the likes of Thriller, Billie Jean and Smooth Criminal. Jennifer Batten will lead the live band.

    Tickets can be purchased via The Spa Box Office (01723) 821888 or via www.scarboroughspa.co.uk