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Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls calls Michael Jackson “talented beyond belief.”

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By Anne Neville


The Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac was working in the Los Angeles studio where the Jackson Five recorded most of their early hits when he heard that Jackson had died.

Takac called it “a pretty strange place to be at that moment . . . one of those bizarre coincidences.”

Takac lauded Jackson for “breaking down many of the social and cultural walls that separated much of the music and entertainment industry of its day. MJ was obviously innovative and talented beyond belief, as a child star he was beyond comparison, but he was also known to be an eccentric, strangely innocent, nauseatingly dangerous and often irresponsible adult.

“But I think it’s worth noting, Michael’s life was handed over to us for our entertainment, perhaps before he had the chance to make that decision for himself,” said Takac, who added, “That alone may have been part of the reason for the ‘bizarre’ behavior and controversial scenarios.”

“I’m not usually one to be at a loss for words, but today I am just saddened beyond description,” said longtime Buffalo entertainer Lance Diamond.

“Michael Jackson was one in a trillion,” Diamond said. “I learned so much from him about being an entertainer.”

Although he never met Jackson, Diamond said: “When I learned his songs, it was like knowing the person himself, because the songs were him. We’ve lost a great one.”


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