The concerts will start July 9 and 10th at London's O2 Arena-that's the same venue where Prince played 21 sold-out shows a few years ago. Friedman says Usher is then booked for two show after that, but then Jackson will come back and play at least eight more shows that month for a total of 10 shows in the first round. He doesn't mention if more shows will be added should demand be warranted.
Thursday's press conference will start at 11 a.m. EST and will be webast on www.michaeljackson.com, according to Friedman.
Concert promoter AEG Live sources tell Friedman that tickets will be priced "within reach." Of what, Friedman doesn't say.
Oddly, we at Hitfix had a group dinner on Monday night and completely separately from any knowledge of this development, we talked about how a Michael Jackson tour would do. I maintain that he still has a career outside of the U.S., but not much of one within our borders. There are just too many battle scars from his court fights here and a lingering taint from the child molestation charges, which were never proved. However, in much of the rest of the world, he remains a superstar.
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