Michael Jackson: 10 Shows Set For London's 02 Arena

Michael Jackson: 10 Shows Set for London's 02 Arena

Following up on our story from yesterday, Michael Jackson has confirmed 10 dates at London's 02 Arena for later this year.

Here's the official announcement from www.michaeljackson.com:

"This Is It" History In The Making As The King Of Pop Michael Jackson
Performs In London For The Last Time 10 shows at the O2 Arena in London Starting July 8th

(London, March 5, 2009) - The King of Pop returns to reign over London this summer.

Michael Jackson has announced today that he is returning to the stage for a historic 10 shows at the O2 Arena performing in London for the last time. The King of Pop performs his greatest hits for the event of the summer, the concerts of 2009 and the decade's hottest gigs. This really is 'It'!

One of the most eagerly awaited returns to the stage of all time, Michael Jackson has not played a series of concerts since he last toured 12 years ago. These dramatic shows promise an explosive return with a band of the highest caliber, state-of-the-art stage show and incredible surprise support acts.

"I am coming to London to play the songs my fans want to hear." - Michael Jackson

Opening with 10 nights at the O2 Arena on July 8th. Ticket price £75 / £65 / £50, with booking fees.

"We are delighted to facilitate the return of The King of Pop, long may he reign! Michael at The 02 this summer will surely be the highlight of the musical year. When Michael Jackson performs, the eyes of the World will be watching. Look out for an International flavour to the audience, as this will be his only concerts in the WORLD this year!" - Rob Hallett, President International Touring, AEG Live.

Starting today visit www.MichaelJacksonLive.com or text 'MJ' to 81707 for your chance to join the presale. Text costs 10p to 12p dependent on network. UK only.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 7 a.m. Friday, March 13th and will be available through www.MichaelJacksonLive.com

An exclusive new Michael Jackson video showcasing his electric performances over the years will make a record breaking debut on Sunday, March 8th at 9:30 p.m. on ITV. Michael Jackson will be the only artist ever to take over an entire ad break.

One of the world's most popular entertainers Michael Jackson has sold over 750 million units worldwide and is one of very few artists to be inducted twice into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized Michael Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as The Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.


[Published on: 3/5/09]

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PooDolla Thu 3/5/2009 12:11PM
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I'm down for an MJ show. Bring this to the States! I hope I don't faint at the show because he is so awesome.

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 12:16PM
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haha awesome. really i second bringing a tour to the states.

JammyJammerson Thu 3/5/2009 12:19PM
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who is that guy in the vest and bow tie?

FreeHawk Thu 3/5/2009 12:24PM
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I was about to ask the same thing JammyJ

Terrapin! Thu 3/5/2009 12:26PM
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Weird how everyone rips festies like Bonnaroo for being too 'mainstream' and then express interest in seeing Michael Jackson?? Springsteen, Beastie Boys, NIN....awful. Oh but Michael Jackson...YAY! King of Pop! Screw this guy. Hes a freak and a child molester.

newtongimmick Thu 3/5/2009 12:31PM
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look who needs cash...love to see him, but i'd feel too weird giving this man my money for a ticket...

GreenGoat86 Thu 3/5/2009 12:34PM
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Not to mention all of the people who rip on Mike Gordon...

shoffer Thu 3/5/2009 12:35PM
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My dog's name is MJ

slowry05 Thu 3/5/2009 12:39PM
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that dude is still alive???

alienscape Thu 3/5/2009 12:56PM
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dankb23 Thu 3/5/2009 01:01PM
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jambase please.... this is garbage. how about an article on the starscape festival (www.starscapefestival.com) which looks like the sickest 1 day fest around, and the tix are cheap, def worth it paying for the vip ticket which gets u access to a whole nother stage.

cant believe u are so up-to-date on nonsense like this, but miss announcin other important shit by weeks

Jenny Jen Thu 3/5/2009 01:15PM
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Jenny Jen


RichardHaley Thu 3/5/2009 01:16PM
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^yeah, another disco biscuits mini-fest is so much bigger news than Michael Jackson returning. Come on dude. I mean, regardless of if you want to see MJ play, this is huge news - and not everyone here is 25 or younger, some of us actually want real music news... to each their own of course, and sure, JamBase should have starscape announced, but don't try to say that has any precedence over this.

ski_bum_9684 Thu 3/5/2009 01:19PM
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OK, as far as I'm concerned, if someone is putting on a good show that is worth going to see, I want to see about it on jambase. But Jacko? Common... this guys hasn't had his heart in the music in years. When was the last album he put out? Better yet, when did he last put out anyone enjoyed? Wacko-Jacko is officially a has-been... I find it hard to believe that many jambase readers care about Jacko's "Retirement Fund Run" at the O2 theater. YAWN!

chidodger Thu 3/5/2009 01:22PM
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That starscape festival does look pretty cool. Anyone been there before, and if so, is it worth checking out?

thesource420 Thu 3/5/2009 01:25PM
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bloggersrlosers won't be at this show because he "dosen't support child molesters of heroin addicts".....unless they are called the grateful dead. Then he just gives them his credit card and tells them "go find some 6 year olds and a couple of kilos of persian"

BBFCFM515 Thu 3/5/2009 01:25PM
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fuck michael jackson

GeorgieP starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 01:39PM
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fuck the disco biscuits

thesource420 Thu 3/5/2009 02:42PM
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fuck PUSSY! (not little boys!)

Parsonsgoggles Thu 3/5/2009 02:48PM
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Must be running out of kids and needs to tour...beyoooooooooootch!

Armedaneian starstar Thu 3/5/2009 02:50PM
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Source 420... WTF are you talking about?

gmoo Thu 3/5/2009 03:08PM
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I can't believe the MJ hate. It's Michael F'in Jackson people. I would love to see one of these shows.

tribehead Thu 3/5/2009 03:17PM
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is that a joke? Michael Jackson is a living legend. as much as i love the Beastie Boys, NIN, and Springsteen, thats just a terrible comparison. You guys might need to give Thriller another listen.

dizamian starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 03:22PM
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I'll take "WHO GIVES A CRAP?" for $1,000, Alex.

Fultzwagon star Thu 3/5/2009 03:45PM
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Worst Jambase Coverage EVER!!! This guy should have been shot years ago. No questioning what he has done...UNEXCUSABLE!!!

Deadphishbiscuits Thu 3/5/2009 03:50PM
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i'm down with michael. sure he's a creepy white dude now but he still gots the pipes. i'm still stickin to my story if MJ were still black....the world would be a better place

futhepharmer Thu 3/5/2009 04:12PM
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Michael Jackson was abducted by a rich japanese Businessman years ago and replaced with said Japanese dude's invention, a walking, talking porcelain doll that is scaringly lifelike!

bloggersrlosers starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 04:15PM
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thesource420 had to put in that fuckpusse comment so it doesnt look like all he does is defend pedophiles and phish by fabricating stories about the grateful dead

phishinpanic Thu 3/5/2009 04:43PM
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Does anyone know how he went about transforming himself from a normal looking black dude into a Chinese cartoon character with a dimpled chin?

Ilikephish531 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 04:46PM
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ahhhh the lameness of these comment boards never ceases to amaze me. this is fucking MJ people, show some respect. focus on the music. god damn. ripping on MJ then promoting the D-Bags one day fest? god damnit. ahhh! are you kidding me? biscuits over MJ.... I have never been so dissapointed in todays dumbass fucking youth... and bend your god damn bills for fucks sake!

futhepharmer Thu 3/5/2009 05:07PM
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Here's news about a pending U.S. Tour...

Michael Jackson intends to do a tour that would hit every major Mall in America.

He heard there's a sale at JC Penny's and children's pants are down!

King_Bacchus starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 05:09PM
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:Initiating Moon-Walk now:

dirtbike1 star Thu 3/5/2009 05:21PM
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Did I log onto PopBase?

gmoo Thu 3/5/2009 05:35PM
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How do you know its bedtime at the Neverland Ranch...?

...when the big hand touches the little hand.

I'd still go to these shows in a heartbeat.

phishinpanic Thu 3/5/2009 05:50PM
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The dude can sing & dance and all, but seriously, are ya'll really fans of MJ?

jacoyle1 Thu 3/5/2009 06:12PM
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Dude, Michael Jackson is a badass mother fucker

ya he may like little kids, and have a nose that falls off

but its Michael Jackson, he made Thriller...

If he doesn't tour in the states, then I will be extremely upset

kaiserbun starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 06:15PM
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I love some old school Michael Jackson, how can you not? The funny thing is, you might not admit it, but every one of you on here goes nuts at a show when a band covers one of his songs. One of the loudest roars I've ever heard at a concert was at a string cheese show when they played don't stop to you get enough. the same thing happened at an umphrey's show when they played billie jean. everyone loves the michael jackson cover.

Damonh420 Thu 3/5/2009 06:35PM
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Why on earth would anybody show a child molester respect? I'd show him what the bottom of my boots look like when I'm smashing his face in with them.

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your boots must be fuck me boots.. you fn poser! MJ was the shit. I saw him in Gaints Stadium in 1984. Please believe it you little bitch!

rulosa01 Thu 3/5/2009 11:05PM
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It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark

Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart

You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it

You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes

You're paralyzed

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night

And no one's gonna save you from the beast about strike

You know it's thriller, thriller night

You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

You hear the door slam and realize there's nowhere left to run

You feel the cold hand and wonder if you'll ever see the sun

You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination, girl!

But all the while you hear the creature creeping up behind

You're out of time

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night

There ain't no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl

Thriller, thriller night

You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

Night creatures calling, the dead start to walk in their masquerade

There's no escaping the jaws of the alien this time

(They're open wide)

This is the end of your life

They're out to get you, there's demons closing in on every side

They will possess you unless you change that number on your dial

Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together, yeah

All through the night I'll save you from the terror on the screen

I'll make you see

That this is thriller, thriller night

'Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try

Thriller, thriller night

So let me hold you tight and share a

Killer, diller, chiller, thriller here tonight

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night

Girl, I can thrill you more than any ghost would ever dare try

Thriller, thriller night

So let me hold you tight and share a killer, thriller, ow!

(I'm gonna thrill ya tonight)

Darkness falls across the land

The midnight hour is close at hand

Creatures crawl in search of blood

To terrorize y'alls neighborhood

I'm gonna thrill ya tonight, ooh baby

I'm gonna thrill ya tonight, oh darlin'

Thriller night, baby, ooh!

The foulest stench is in the air

The funk of forty thousand years

And grizzly ghouls from every tomb

Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive

Your body starts to shiver

For no mere mortal can resist

The evil of the thriller

Igrift Fri 3/6/2009 04:56AM
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I hope he plays the classic, "Don't let your son go down on me". Can't wait.

phishinpanic Fri 3/6/2009 05:28AM
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I was at that Cheese show too when they played don't stop till you get enough. I thought the cheers were more out of laughter than anything else, but I admit I boogied to it.

phishinpanic Fri 3/6/2009 05:40AM
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My favorite cover of that Cheese weekend was the Pink Floyd cover "fearless". Now that was fun.

Beatsuite starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/6/2009 06:03AM
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Q: What's the same between Michael Jackson and Caviar?

A: They both come on little crackers

redhed Fri 3/6/2009 06:26AM
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as freaked out as this guy is i do love his music. I wonder if he can still sing like he used to. billie jean is one of my favs.

kb4404 Fri 3/6/2009 06:46AM
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Although he is strange Michael Jackson is one of the greatest entertainers of our time!! And for all of you haters, there is not any band that you follow on Jambase that has not been influenced by MJ in some way, shape, or form.

grateful4livin Fri 3/6/2009 08:05AM
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Everyone has the right to their own opinion. The jackson 5 was cool, and I liked watching their cartoon as a kid, but Michael solo is totally style over substance. The music is plastic, mass produced radio pablum. I have read that he is great because so many people buy his stuff. That must mean that Madonna, Bon Jovi, Brittany Spears, Backstreet Boys, and the Simpson sisters are great. He doesn't jam, he prances around with lost of special effects and grabs his crotch alot. BTW, Weird Al's version of Fat and Eat It were way better than the originals, and Thriller is one of the worst songs ever!

Fultzwagon star Fri 3/6/2009 09:22AM
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Respect is something this thing should never get. How do you respect a man who has changed his whole personality and his face with it. Fake wife, fake kids, fake @ss singer!!! I agree, he would look much better to all of us with a size 12 Boot Print on his smashed in face. NO RESPECT EVER... I hope you see that real people HATE you. No one should respect a pedaphile!! Only people with no ethics would go to this show. Boo Jambase for even vaguely promoting this!!!

RichardHaley Fri 3/6/2009 09:37AM
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Honestly, the best part of this is all the users who say "this should never be on JamBase," "shame no you JamBase" etc, but they are the ones who jump on this article, read it AND COMMENT on it... pretty funny... you all know that when you read something and talk about it you give it legitimacy. If there were no comments and no one reading, that would mean maybe this isn't news, clearly it is... oh, and of course no one is down with current day Jacko - but gawdamn, i'll get Off The Wall with that shit anyday, such a great album!

futhepharmer Fri 3/6/2009 09:48AM
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it sickens me to see people excited that MJ is gonna play some concerts. Why would you be excited to see someone play who doesn't want to. Do you really think that Michael WANTS to play these shows? I mean, that must be why he's played so many shows in the last ten years (none), cause he WANTS to?

No folks, MJ is playing these shows because he NEEDS to. He NEEDS the MONEY. He doesn't want to play music for the people anymore, He HAS TO because he's nearly broke and they're going to sell his posessions at auction and he NEEDS the MONEY.

yeah, the great MJ cares about his fans fo sho.

And yes, he WAS a very talented artist a long, long, time ago. But after his obsession with turning into a caucasion female and his horribly twisted sexuality problems I cannot even pretend to like him/her/it.

Do not give present day MJ a moment of your time.

Let's all pretend he died in the eighties after thriller.

beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/6/2009 10:30AM
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^^^I totally agree. but on the contrary, if you've never seen him it would be cool to just to say you have, i mean are people really hating on MJ cmon people, this is JAMBASE, NAME ONE JAMBAND THAT DOESN'T/HASEN'T/WILL NEVER COVER SOME MJ TUNES, oh and off the wall is such a killer albulm. AND I WONDER HOW BAD BOBBY AND PHIL REALLY WANT TO BE PLAYING W/ EACH OTHER, 100 BUX A TICKET, HMMM. not that the mj tix will be cheap, but they probably never have been is the point.

alienscape Fri 3/6/2009 10:48AM
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^Yeah, I agree, screw The Dead reunion and screw the MJ comeback. You would be better off spending your money on other bands, even the Disco Biscuits.

Armedaneian starstarstar Fri 3/6/2009 11:34AM
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I don’t know where or how old you guys were when Bad or Thriller came out, but one thing is for sure… no guy at my high school would have admitted they liked, let alone “respected” Michael Jackson. That would’ve gotten someone ostracized, if not beaten up! MJ was as lame then as he is now. He is everything that sucks about pop!

I give the article a 3 for comic-value.

Damonh420 Fri 3/6/2009 01:25PM
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Ha Ha Ha

CrazyGWebber star Fri 3/6/2009 03:49PM
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I Remember when he was black,Never like him and never thought he anything special.Phish this weekend!!!!!!!!