Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ jacket enters Rock Hall under security – Billboard

Michael Jackson’s red “Thriller” jacket has found a brand new (temporary) home. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is now the newest destination for fans to see the King of Pop’s iconic jacket, as it entered the museum’s Legends of Rock exhibit as a featured artifact, ahead of the 40th anniversary of Thriller.

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“We’re thrilled to show off Michael Jackson’s jacket from his breakthrough music video for ‘Thriller’ – one of the greatest videos of all time and the title track to the best-selling album of all time,” said the curator of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Amanda Pecsenye in a statement. “It’s an iconic artifact of Jackson’s monumental career.”

The jacket – which belongs to the Verret family in Austin – was transported to Rock Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, under “high security”, and will remain on display for at least a year, according to a press release.

The red and black “Thriller” jacket worn by the late pop star was created by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis working with her husband John Landis, in an effort to make Jackson more “manly,” Landis told The Wall Street Journal in 2009. She also noted that Jackson, who was 25 at the time, weighed just 99 pounds and had a 26 inch waist.

Thriller is widely recognized as Jackson’s greatest LP. It spent a total of 522 weeks on the Billboard 200 after its release on November 30, 1982, including 37 weeks at number one. The 25th Anniversary Re-released Versions of Thriller were reproduced with a photo of Jackson in the red and black “Thriller” jacket, surrounded by zombies from the video. A 40th anniversary reissue of the album will arrive on November 18 and will include a double CD of the original songs from the album, as well as a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks Jackson had worked on for the album.

Watch the arrival of Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame below.