Michael in London – Updated 10/08/05 w/video & pics
Michael Jackson Mobbed in first London Appearance
Created: Saturday, 08 October 2005
LONDON – Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans turned up outside a London theatre Saturday to catch a glimpse of the pop star as he arrived to see the stage version of hit movie Billy Elliot.
Security staff forced a path for Jackson, 47, through a crowd of admirers and photographers standing outside the Victoria Palace theatre so he could reach the front door. But the singer fell to the ground in the commotion.
Jackson’s children accompanied him to the show but had their faces covered by clothing as they entered the theatre.
Jackson was staying at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane. His fans had gathered outside the luxury hotel in hope of seeing him before heading to the theatre.
"We were outside his hotel and there was a rumour that he was coming here, so we came down," said admirer Phillip Goldstone, 22, from east London.
Inside the theatre, Gary Dean, 43, from Ramsgate, sat three rows in front of Jackson during the performance.
He said: “We knew at the interval that he was there and there was some clapping.
‘Nobody really knew before that because the lights had gone down by the time he came in.’ Roxanne Wisenberg, 47, from San Diego, was one of those people to meet the singer during the interval.
“He talked to us saying hello and there were a lot of people around him,” she said.
“He was very nice and his children were with him.”
But chaotic scenes followed as Jackson left the theatre and greeted screaming fans.
He shook hands, took posters and gave his typical wave and victory sign to fans waiting behind police barriers.
But many broke through a barrier to surround his waiting blue people carrier so they could get close to their idol.
And officers had to fend them off so that he could make his getaway.
The scenes echoed similar ones at the Dorchester earlier in the day when Jackson had to abandon plans to exit through the front of the hotel.
Jackson is in London to work on recording a song to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims.
Source: AP, MJJsource
Michael is currently staying in London, UK. On Friday he signed autographs, met with fans and posed for photographs. Michael climbed onto a car’s roof in a car park to greet the fans, who took photos on cameras and mobile phones.
Footage of fans surrounding Michael at the car park of the studio was released by 2 Seas Records, a joint venture between Bahrain’s Southern Governor Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Michael’s brother Jermaine. The video is available here with a BBC article.
According to the BBC, Michael attended the Billy Elliot musical on Saturday in London’s West End. He arrived in a people carrier 15 minutes late for the matinee performance of the musical. The Billy Elliot musical tells the tale of a boy growing up in a tough mining town in the north of England who wants to be ballet dancer. Music by Sir Elton John.
Source: MJFC / BBC
According to eyewitness reports, Michael Jackson is in London tonight. He was spotted at the Dorchester Hotel where he met with fans and posed for photographs.
Michael Hollingsworth, who was organizing a charity event in the Dorchester, said that he saw Michael in the reception area. He said that Michael was surrounded by a large group of people, but that it was undoubtedly Michael Jackson. He said Michael spent several minutes meeting with people and posing for photos… according to Hollingsworth, “from what I could see he looked well.”
It is believed that Michael is in London recording his song “From The Bottom Of My Heart,” for victims of Hurricane Katrina.