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Michael Jackson announces O2 Arena dates (2009)

Michael Jackson, King of Pop

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Jackson has announced a series of 10 comeback concerts at London’s O2 Arena in July, which he has described as “the final curtain call”.

The king of pop attended the London venue to make the “special announcement” on March 5, 2009, at a press conference, while thousands of fans queued outside.

He duly told fans: “This is it. I just want to say that these will be my final show performances in London.”

The first concert at the 20,000-capacity venue will be staged on July 8, with tickets costing between £50 and £75. They go on general sale at 7am on March 13.

According to Randy Phillips, chief executive of promoter AEG Live, Jackson will put on a “big budget, grand, highly technical, incredible show” that promises to be “amazing”.

In typical Jackson fashion, the singer was an hour late for the press conference and only made a five-minute appearance in front of the hundreds of screaming fans who had assembled outside.

But his first words to fans were: “I love you so much.” He then added: “I’ll be performing the songs my fans want to hear. This is the final curtain call.”

Rumours about Jackson’s concerts in London have been circulating for some time and posters had already started to appear on London’s Underground advertising 10 shows in July at the venue.

Jackson last performed in 2006, at the World Music Awards, which were also held in London, but he disappointed fans at that event by singing just a few lines of We Are The World.

His last full tour was 12 years ago, in 1996 and 1997, when he played 82 shows in 58 cities as part of the HIStory tour. His last album of original material came out in 2001.

The O2 Arena, in Greenwich, has quickly established a reputation as one of the premiere concert venues in the UK, and has already played host to a series of 21 concerts by Prince in 2007. Britney Spears is set to perform for eight nights in June.