Is that it for Michael Jackson gigs?
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.