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Is that it for Michael Jackson gigs?

June 26, 2009

How is AEG Live going to make it up to fans who had bought tickets for Michael Jackson’s 50 sell-out “This Is It” concerts?

The promoter should consider the following idea as a way of preventing losses facing organisers, insurers, hoteliers, caterers, travel operators and of course the 750,000 or so fans who were coming from far and wide to see the pop idol perform.

It should go ahead with the dates scheduled at the O2 Arena in London by staging the ultimate tribute concert, with the profits going to charity.

This wouldn’t be your usual “tribute” band though.  Ironically, Jackson’s death might be the catalyst needed to bring the singer’s musical siblings together. They could stand in and perform their brother’s greatest hits, alongside artists with whom he has previously collaborated such as Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

It wouldn’t do anything to solve the $500 million in debts that Jackson is reported to have left behind, but his fans would get a concert to remember and it might go some way to easing the pain for those who will otherwise be caught in the financial chaos left by the singer’s untimely death.

Comments

I would rather have a tribute to Farah Fawcett Majors

Posted by freddie | Report as abusive
 

disney will still touch children, but now Michael wont

Posted by gallery | Report as abusive
 

MICHAEL JACKSON ,
MR. JUCELINO HAS SENT HIM LETTERS ON HIS HEALTH PROBLEM,AND TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS RUNNING A BIG RISK
OF LIFE ON JUNE 25 TH. OF 2009. IT IS A PITY !
BUT HE HAS GONE AWAY.
CLAUDIA N.

Posted by claudia | Report as abusive
 

It’s president Barrack, NOT Barrack, so some respect for your country, and Michael Jackson has no “legal obligation” to perform after he dies…really. Come on pre-read before you print. No much news there.

Posted by Gayle | Report as abusive
 

Today I am remembering my love for the pop icon. You can say what you want about him but I will always remember him like this:

http://tinyurl.com/everything-MJ

Posted by chrissy | Report as abusive
 

It’s not a bad idea. I know we all wanted to see Michael Jackson but a celebration of his life and music with other amazing artists fronting the concert might just help. A lot of people could get hurt with companies going bust, jobs lost, lots of anger and frustration. Those who wanted to give up their tickets could have refunds and they could then be sold on. We would need some incredible names to get involved but it is not an impossibilty. It is easy to pour salt on the wound. I say be more flexible and good things can come out sad.

Posted by Julie | Report as abusive
 

It’s hard enough getting enough big name stars together for one concert, let alone 50. The promoters will have made quite a healthy sum on the interest. Refunds should be total and swift.

Posted by Pete | Report as abusive
 

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