Michael Jackson fans are bringing new notoriety to sites associated with the late entertainer — from the Los Angeles sports arena where thousands gathered for this week's celebrity-studded memorial to the Berlin hotel where he dangled his infant son from a balcony.
"It never fails to amaze me how people will go to great lengths to walk in the footsteps of their favorite stars," says Harry Medved of Fandango.com, which offers a slide show of locations tied to Jackson music videos.
Among the stops on a King of Pop memory lane:
•Neverland Ranch. The 2,600-acre spread, in Santa Barbara County wine country, had been expected to draw throngs of mourners for a commemoration last weekend. But thanks to strict zoning, the chances of Neverland becoming another Graceland are "zero," predicts real estate agent William Etling.
Meanwhile, a Chinese version of the California Neverland could open on a Yangtze River island within a year — complete with a cinema and zoo.
•Gary, Ind. Jackson's family moved away from this ailing Lake Michigan steel town when he was 11, and the singer rarely returned. (His modest childhood home is not mentioned on the local tourism website.) But Mayor Rudy Clay told the Associated Press that Jackson's death could inspire Michael mania in the place he left behind: "If they can do it for Elvis Presley in Graceland, we can do it for Michael Jackson in Gary."
•Apollo Theater, New York City. The Jackson 5 won an Amateur Night contest at the fabled Harlem venue in 1967, and the not-for-profit theater still hosts the contests on Wednesdays.
•The Los Angeles area. Potential pilgrimage stops include the Staples Center, host to the all-star tribute Tuesday, Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Grammy Museum (where a Jackson wardrobe exhibit has been extended indefinitely) and Jackson's rented Holmby Hills mansion.
•Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland. The museum has bolstered its display of Jackson items with a Memorial Wall featuring photos from his early career and additional pieces from his personal collection.
•Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin. Jackson sparked worldwide outrage when he held his 9-month-old son, Prince Michael Jackson II (aka "Blanket"), over the balcony of his fourth-floor, presidential suite in 2002.
•Iowa State Fair, Des Moines. Moo-ve over, Daisy? Already famous for its butter cow, the Iowa State Fair (which runs Aug. 13-23) had planned a butter sculpture in honor of the Gloved One. But the proposal churned so much debate that it's being decided by an online poll.