Sunday, July 5, 2009

Orianthi: michael jackson, orianthi to play at last farewell

Australian guitarist to perform at farewell... THE blonde guitarist
who featured
in the final video of Michael Jackson rehearsing
before his death has been
revealed as an Adelaide girl.

Orianthi Panagaris, of Hawthorn, has told of her devastation
over the
King of Pop's death late last month, the Sunday Mail
The South Australian-born musician, who is known
professionally as Orianthi,
will perform at Jackson's public
memorial on Wednesday.

She said she had grown close to the superstar since joining
his This Is It
comeback tour and features prominently in the
video of Jackson's final
Los Angeles rehearsal, recorded two
days before his death, that has been
shown extensively
around the world.
"He had this wonderful aura about him,
a beautiful spirit," Orianthi said yesterday.

"It's been a surreal time working with him and it's
devastating what's happened."

Orianthi, 24, was a key part of the concert marathon,
which was to have begun in
London on July 13. She
had been rehearsing with Jackson six days a week for
past three months.

Jackson can be seen dancing with her during the song
They Don't Care About Us
as she plays an intricate
guitar solo. "We practised so much and knew the songs

so well," she said. "Because we rehearsed so much . . .
we knew the parts like
the back of our hands," she said.
For Orianthi, the chance to play with one of the world's
greatest-ever entertainers
was a major coup. "It was so
surreal, I'm a big fan," she said.

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