Michael Jackson "angry" at 50-date O2 run

This is it... but what will 'it' end up being?
This is it... but what will 'it' end up being?

Michael Jackson's marathon series of gigs at London's O2 arena hasn't even started yet, but, predictably enough, it's already become something of a soap opera.

Following the news that the first few shows have been postponed, The Sun is now quoting Jackson as saying that he never wanted to play so many shows in one place.

Speaking to fans outside his Burbank rehearsal studio, he's reported to have said: "I don't know how I'm going to do 50 shows. I'm not a big eater - I need to put some weight on."

"I'm really angry with them booking me up to do 50 shows. I only wanted to do 10, and take the tour around the world to other cities, not 50 in one place.

"I went to bed knowing I sold 10 dates, and woke up to the news I was booked to do 50."

If true, his concerns echo those of many commentators who've worried that he may not be physically strong enough to cope with such a long residency. The star is currently slated to start his run on 13 July.


In other Jackson news, The Daily Mirror has reported that he wants newly-crowned Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity to be part of his O2 extravaganza. It quotes a 'source close to the star' as saying: "Michael has already seen what the boys can do. Hewas captivated with Susan Boyle so he had an interest in the show.

"But when Diversity came up on the outside rail he was mesmerised. Everyone knows Michael's performances are as much about the dancing as they are his music and Diversity would only add to the magic."

Magic's one thing, but if all of this comes off, some might say that it'll be more like a miracle.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.