Thursday, March 5, 2009

Michael Jackson Announces First Tour in 8 Years!

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After nearly an eight-year absence from the stage, Michael Jackson on Thursday announced a series of London concerts.

"These are my final show performances in London," Jackson said at a news conference. "This will be it -- when I say, 'This is it,' it really means 'This is it.'"

Jackson will start an open-ended tour of the United Kingdom with a show at London's O2 Arena on July 9. The show is expected to be the first of 10 concert dates, and the tour will be extended as demand dictates. He spoke briefly after showing up almost an hour and a half late. A video montage of Jackson's career highlights played prior to the singer's appearance. Jackson was greeted by thousands of fans where the concerts will be staged. Jackson didn't specify how many shows he'll play. "I will be performing the songs my fans will want to see," Jackson said. The pop singer also referred to the tour as "my final curtain call" and told fans, "I love you from the bottom of my heart."

Tickets are expected to sell quickly for the shows, despite concerns the 50-year-old star may not be up for a return to the spotlight. Jackson's last public performance was in Britain in 2006 at the World Music Awards. However, Jackson's performance of "We Are the World" was short, as he managed only a few lines before leaving the stage. The pop singer hasn't released a studio album since 2001, and his turns in the spotlight have mostly focused on his personal troubles.

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