Michael Jackson grand finale
The first of his concerts, which AEG Live, the promoter, promised would be
two-hour “all-singing and all-dancing spectaculars”, will be held on July 8,
with tickets on sale for between £50 and £75. Jackson, who last went on tour
12 years ago, will not perform elsewhere this year. He said that the
concerts would be his last in London.
Randy Phillips, president and chief executive of AEG Live, toldThe Times
that the ten London concerts would mark the first step of a three-year tour
and the release of a new album. He said: “We’ve a three-year plan for Michael Jackson and if it all
goes well we will gross $400 million (£280 million) in total.”
Jackson appeared after a four-minute video of his greatest performances was
broadcast to the crowd. The video will also take over an entire advertising
break on Sunday night, during the ITV show Dancing on Ice.
He told the crowd: “This is it. I will be performing the songs that my fans
want to hear. This is the final curtain call. I love you so much.”
Asked how many tickets needed to be sold at the
20,000-seater arena for the tour to be profitable, Mr Phillips replied: “We
pretty much need to sell it out every night.” Last night the ticket website
was receiving 16,000 hits per minute.