The story goes that when Mike was trying to return to pop relevancy he went to Prince for advice (who’s obviously nailed it).
And Prince pretty much told him, ‘Forget the theatrics. Do smaller venues. Remind people that you’re a great vocalist.’
And Prince was right (as today’s song cosigns). But Mike was also probably right; there was no going back to the ‘Off the Wall’ days really. If people were coming to see Mike, they were coming for the spectacle as much as the music.