IT'S BEEN four years since king of pop Michael Jackson died but his legacy lives on thanks to tribute act Ben Bowman who will be bringing his show Jackson Live in Concert to the Bay later this month.
With a career spanning almost five decades, Ben and his band have created a show including many of the singer's hits.
The show has already enjoyed success around the globe and they even performed for royalty in Dubai.
Ben is the first to admit that he's fanatical about the Thriller singer and has been a fan of Jackson since he was a youngster.
"From as far into my childhood as I can remember, I have always been obsessed with Michael Jackson.
"Everything about the king of pop mesmerised and enchanted me.
"I used to spend hours pouring over album covers, photographs, interviews, videos and anything I could find that was about Michael.
"Even my seventh birthday party was Michael Jackson themed," said Ben.
"I always loved to dance and began copying Michael's signature moves as I dreamt of being a performer just like him.
"Even when I used to visit my aunt's house I'd always ask her to put the film Moonwalker on as it featured Michael."
Ben's has spent years perfecting the look, the all-important Jackson signature Moonwalk, the voice and his iconic performances of the likes of Thriller, Beat it and Billie Jean.
"When I set out to be a Michael Jackson impersonator about eight years ago, my mission was to recreate what he did on stage," said Ben.
"When I started the act, he wasn't a fashionable artist at the time and my aim was to remind people why he was famous.
"I wanted to get together a show that includes segments from his three world tours and his 02 stint.
"It's taken years and years to get Jackson Live as I want it.
"You could work and work but you'll never get it spot on. I go out and give it 100 per cent, but always hope to improve it further."
With a live band in tow, he performs some of the singer's biggest hits.
"My personal favourite to sing is Man in the Mirror, I love the meaning of the song and personifies him as a person," he said.
"I also love Billy Jean as there's something magical we do before the song starts, but people will have to come along to find out more."
Despite on the controversies surrounding Michael Jackson, Ben believes it hasn't affected sales of tickets to his show.
"We were trading a year then the allegations came out in 2005, it had no negative effect, there were no dodgy comments," said Ben.
"If anything, when there was negative press about Michael, it has meant he was back in the news and we had more people buying tickets.
"Even though Michael has died, the show is so popular.
"I always knew he wouldn't live to see old age and he'd die tragically young, like Elvis."
Ben never got to meet the superstar but did get to see him in concert at Wembley and he also went to the World Music Awards at Earl's Court, London, where he was receiving an award.
"I saw him live at Wembley Stadium in 1993 and it's the greatest concert I've ever been to.
"I was completely enchanted by him as a child and I still am now," said Ben.
"I went to the World Music Awards and even before he arrived, everyone was chanting his name.
"He spoke to the crowd about saving the world and it was like a magic spell had fallen over audience.
"I watch concert footage I've watched a million times, he amazes me because of his talent."