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That Michael Jackson, he’s still got something

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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.

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