Lehman Center to hold Michael Jackson tribute extravaganza

DEARDRA SHULER | 4/12/2011, 5:31 p.m.

"I met Michael once in person [for] all of five minutes, but then later he called and we talked awhile. I had purchased upfront tickets to catch the 'This Is It' concert in England, but of course Michael died before he was able to do his farewell concerts."

"I am working on the dance tributes to Michael. We will be doing many of his popular routines," said Pete Carter, who met Jackson several times. "I have been to Neverland and visited Michael in L.A. when he was rehearsing the 'This Is It' London concert. I've been impersonating him for 10 years. I last saw him in April 2009. Michael was such a sweet person. He truly loved his fans and took the time to sign autographs whenever asked. In fact, he signed his signature on my back, and I immediately had it permanently tattooed there. Michael was excited about doing the 'This Is It' concerts. He was feeling good, although he was thinner than I had ever seen him before. I felt his bones when we hugged, and this surprised me.

"I look forward to performing at Lehman Center because everyone wants to truly honor Michael as the great King of Pop," said the renowned MJ impersonator.

For more information, call the Lehman Center box office at (718) 960-8833 or go to www.LehmanCener.org for tickets.