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That Michael Jackson, he’s still got something

March 5, 2009

jacksonI confess I’m moderately impressed that the original “King of Pop” still has what it takes to get fans less than half his age screaming and crying with just a few well-chosen words.

Fifty-year-old Michael Jackson was at London’s 20,000-seater O2 Arena on Thursday to announce his comeback, a series of 10 concerts starting on July 8 and possibly more if demand is there.

I, along with many other reporters crammed into a small “pen” to witness the event, was more than a little worried about whether Jackson still had what it takes, given that recent images of him have tended to portray a frail man shying away from public contact.

But there he was, looking more healthy than I remember for some time, speaking clearly, punching the air and flashing the “V”-for-victory sign. I know that is a far cry from a two-hour set of singing and dancing, but it is at least a start on the long comeback trail.

Up to two thousands fans had gathered and made themselves heard throughout his brief appearance. One I spoke to, Londoner Ruby Malik, is just 18, and for her Jackson is simply “the best”. “It’s worth every second and every minute I’m standing here,” she said. And the wait was not short. Reporters were told to show up at around 2 p.m. for a 4 p.m. appearance and he finally arrived on a makeshift stage at around 5.40.

So, can Jackson pull it off this time? Can he perform at least 10 major gigs and rehabilitate a stellar career overshadowed by his appearance, behaviour and accusations of child abuse that culminated in the sensational 2005 trial at the end of which he was acquitted?


Yes, Yes, Yes.He can, and he will.Take heed.

Posted by He who knows | Report as abusive

He is still king of pop but after his vitiligo story and facing so much criticism he could not perform and gain huge fame he deserved. first he tried to not to show his vitiligo but then he has to admire as his interview revieled at ksons-vitiligo/

Posted by anne | Report as abusive

Today is a sad day for anyone that enjoyed Micheal Jackson’s music and no matter how he lived his life or the troubles that he had I don’t think anyone can deny that when it came to Music he was the best. I was very sad to find out about his death. I think Micheal was always troubled and every picture you see youcan see the sadness in his eyes if you look close now maybe he can rest in peace and smile and be trouble free and not have that sadness in his eyes that has been there since he was a child.

Posted by Julia | Report as abusive

R.I.P. Michael Jackson =´(MJ,The best !


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