Former MICHAEL JACKSON Guitarist JENNIFER BATTEN Reflects On Trying To Audition For OZZY OSBOURNE - "I Know My Audio Got To The Right People, And I Didn't Even Get A Chance"

Former MICHAEL JACKSON Guitarist JENNIFER BATTEN Reflects On Trying To Audition For OZZY OSBOURNE – “I Know My Audio Got To The Right People, And I Didn’t Even Get A Chance”


Former MICHAEL JACKSON Guitarist JENNIFER BATTEN Reflects On Trying To Audition For OZZY OSBOURNE - "I Know My Audio Got To The Right People, And I Didn't Even Get A Chance"

Ultimate Guitar’s David Slavković recebtly got the chance to speak to guitarist Jennifer Batten – known for her work with Michael Jackson – about her career. An excerpt from the interview is available below.

UG: The landscape of the music industry today is a bit different back compared to when you were in Michael Jackson’s band. And, of course, it was a man’s game, and you also talked about some of the challenges that you faced back in the day. What was, if you could single out one biggest challenge in this regard, what would it be? The one that you faced as a female guitar player back in the day?

Jennifer Batten: “I’ve gotten comments over the years. A lot of guys will say you, ‘You play pretty good for a girl.’ Or, the best one, this guy said, ‘You play just like a boy.’ What does that even mean? Yeah, millions of male guitar players, some are great and some suck, so it has no meaning. But you kind of have to look at the energy that’s coming at you, and he meant it as a positive thing.

I remember, specifically, before the Jackson thing came up, I was trying to get an audition with Ozzy Osbourne. And they were of auditioning everybody in LA at the time. And I know my audio got to the right people, and I didn’t even get a chance. Looking back, it’s a super macho gig, and they probably wouldn’t even consider a female for that. Having said that, if it was the same thing today, I think it’d be a whole different story. You get somebody like Nili Brosh – you could slay in a gig like that. She has incredible chops, great tone, great attitude, everything. It’s a different world. It is a very different world now.”

Read more here. Go to this location for Batten’s current tour schedule. 


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“Didn’t Look Like He Was in Pain”: Bodybuilding Legend Lou Ferrigno Once Discussed ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson’s Diet and Workout Routine During His Final Days


Michael Jackson is still among the biggest pop stars ever. Jackson sold about one billion records around the world. However, the ‘King of Pop’ was also an exceptional dancer who invented iconic moves like the ‘moon walk’. To maintain his dancing chops, Jackson worked with a personal trainer and former Mr. Universe, Lou Ferrigno. A good friend of Micheal, Ferrigno, was training the pop icon for his comeback right before Jackson’s untimely death in 2009.

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While discussing the pop icon’s diet and training, Ferrigno revealed what he thought of the singer’s health.

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Ferrigno reveals how Michael Jackson ate and worked out

Lou Ferrigno became famous after becoming Mr. Universe and starring as the Incredible Hulk. However, what many don’t know is that Michael Jackson appointed Ferrigno as his personal trainer. In an interview with ABC news, Ferrigno stated, “I think he was a vegetarian. And he only ate once a day. But I just told him the proper supplements to take,” however, Ferrigno thought, “He (Michael Jackson) was dancing as good as anyone.”

Lou Ferrigno also said, “He (Michael Jackson) didn’t want to weight train. So he mostly wanted to deal with flexibility and conditioning,” and that, “He didn’t look like he was in pain”. The former Mr. Universe also said that while training for the tour, Michael focused more on cardio and core training.

According to the Incredible Hulk actor, Michael was in good shape and had a high energy level during his workouts. Lou also said that he is an expert and would have advised Michael if thought the King of Pop’s diet and workout schedule was having a negative effect.

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Jackson was 50 when he died. It was later reported that around the time of his death, Michael Jackson weighed only around 130 lbs. Considering he was well over 5’5” Ft tall, that’s quite a low body weight.

The King of Pop may have not been very healthy

Lou Ferrigno found nothing wrong with Jackson’s diet and performance, however, conflicting reports about his health have emerged. In 2013, a Harvard sleep researcher claimed that the pop singer suffered from a complete loss of sleep. It’s also a proven fact that Jackson routinely took the drug propofol to help him sleep at night.

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Watch this story: 6’5 Tall Beast Lou Ferrigno Towered Over 7-Time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger in These Iconic Images

The King of Pop died on 25 June, 2009 because of cardiac arrest. While working with Lou Ferrigno, Michael Jackson did not show drops in energy levels, even if he was eating once a day. However, after many conflicting reports and a court trial, there is still a sense of mystery surrounding Jackson’s death. What do you are the factors that contributed to Jackson’s death? Let us know in the comments.


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