September 24, 2014
News of Michael Johns’s death came as a shock in August. A month and a half later, his family, friends and fans gathered to celebrate his life in music.
“I wanted it to be like a rock ‘n’ roll celebration,” the American Idol fan favorite’s widow, Stacey, tells PEOPLE of the memorial, held Monday at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. “I was surprised at all the people who reached out about singing.”
The night was hosted by Johns’s friend David Foster, the legendary producer, and included performances by Idol alums Ruben Studdard and Brooke White, as well as Katie McGhie, Air Supply’s Graham Russell, the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt and Chicago’s Peter Cetera.
“It’s been very emotional to put together, but it has been somewhat therapeutic as well,” Stacey says. “It’s been overwhelming to see how much people loved him.”
Read the rest of the story at People Magazine.
I was so honoured to attend Michael’s celebration with a few other fans. We were asked to make some noise for Michael by David Foster. The sound was deafening and I don’t think the El Rey Theatre has ever had so much love or one person inside their walls. It was a night made of precious memories…I just know he was celebrating with us!!! – Jane