Michael Jackson has postponed the first week of his upcoming comeback shows at London's O2 Arena.
The self-proclaimed King Of Pop was originally scheduled to begin his 50-date This Is It run on 8 July. Now that date has been pushed back to 13 July, according to promoters for the shows.
Additionally, shows that had been scheduled for 10, 12 and 14 July have been postponed until March 2010.
Choreographer promises a "flawless production"
"[It is our] sincere hope that those lucky enough to have purchased tickets will have enough time to change their personal schedules..." AEG Live, in a statement
Choreographer Kenny Ortega, Jackson's collaborator, said that the date changes were necessary to give Jackson more time to prepare a "flawless production."
"We apologize to all disappointed Michael Jackson fans and remain extremely dedicated and focused on creating an exceptional live music experience," Ortega said.
AEG Live, which is promoting the concerts, said in a statement that it was their "sincere hope that those lucky enough to have purchased tickets will have enough time to change their personal schedules and travel plans if they are coming from outside of London.
"We understand the inconvenience this may have caused and for this reason we have secured some excellent hotel deals for Michael Jackson fans traveling to London on these rescheduled dates."
Fans who are unable to make the rescheduled dates will be able to obtain refunds. See Michaeljacksonlive.com for details.
This past week, Jackson denied claims that he is battling skin cancer. These postponements will only increase chatter as to the stability of the singer's health.
Whatever the case, we'll see what happens on 13 July.This Is It? Maybe. Or maybe it won't be, you know, 'It.'