Hundreds of dancing zombies are expected to gather near Harlem’s 124th St. and Lenox Avenue on October 31 for a not-to-be-missed dance extravaganza in honor of the late-King of Pop Michael Jackson’s (pictured) mega-chart buster “Thriller,” according to the New York Daily News.
The flash mob event’s organizer, Chet Whye, figured that the event was one of the best ways to honor the iconic video and genius of Jackson by staging a modern-day version of it in a section of the city that helped to launch Jackson’s stellar career: Harlem. According to Whye, “It’s iconic. It’s Michael Jackson’s signature. We feel we had to do this tribute for him on Halloween.”
Jackson and his famed brothers, Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine, who went by the name of the Jackson 5 when they first started out in the recording industry, actually ignited their career at the world-famous Apollo Theater by winning Amateur Night at the venue back in 1967.
When Jackson went on to do the 13-minute “Thriller” video back in 1983, little did he know that it would be deemed as the most-influential pop video of all time. The Guinness World Records also listed the cult video in 2006 as the “most-successful music video,” selling more than 9 million copies.
The planned festivities opens at 6 p.m. EST and the flash mob dance will take place at 8 p.m.