Michael Jackson made a public appearance today at a London press conference to announce that he will return to the stage for a 10-show run of live shows at the city’s O2 Arena.
“This is it.” Michael stated to the London crowd, “I just want to say these will be my final show performances in London. This is it, when I say this is it, this is it, I’ll be performing the songs my fans want to hear — this is it. This is really it. This is the final curtain call. I’ll see you in July.”
AEG president Tim Leiweke also revealed at his keynote Q&A session at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium in New York City that "The man (Jackson) is very sane, the man is very focused, the man is very healthy, I think he has been dragged through the mud." Leiweke even went out of his way to stress that Michael is "very focused" about the project.
The run of Jackson's shows is set to begin on July 9.
The shows will be promoted by AEG Live, which also put together Prince's record-setting run of 21 sellouts at the O2 that grossed more than $22 million.
Leiweke told the Billboard Music & Money audience: "We’ll announce 10 shows. I think you'll see 20, 25 dates at the O2. His production budget is... Wow."
"Despite everything you read about him, he was fine," added Leiweke. "The man took a physical for us to go do these concerts."
I wonder what that physical entailed? Yuk. Michael’s last major tour was the HIStory World Tour which took place nearly a decade ago.
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