So what was it really like working with Michael Jackson? What did Jackson say to him the night before he died?

Michael Bearden, the musical director for Jackson’s “This is It” tour, tells us in the clip below. As we noted in our review, Bearden is the only crew member who has regular conversations with Jackson instead of merely genuflecting every time he moon walks by.

Bearden, who is the musical director for George Lopez’s new talk show, “Lopez Tonight,” which launches Nov. 9, had worked with Jackson for the first time nearly 10 years ago.  But MJ is far from the other superstar collaboration for Bearden, who has also worked with Madonna, Whitney Houston, Liza Minelli, Ricky Martin, D’Angelo and many others.

Bearden talks about auditioning for Jackson, 20-hour days planning the spectacular,  emotionally reveals his last conversation with Jackson and the “tissue moments” putting together the film.