Michael Jackson to follow Prince in O2 residency?

Is Michael Jackson preparing to go back on the road?
Is Michael Jackson preparing to go back on the road?

Michael Jackson may be set to follow in the child-sized footsteps of one-time rival Prince by playing a series of shows at London's O2 Arena.

No deal has yet been confirmed, but Billboard believes that promoter AEG Live has made the star a "standing offer with no expiration".

Jackson's profile has been low recently, but when he recently declined to take part in a Jackson 5 reunion, he did say that he was developing new projects and planned to share them with fans in concert soon.

However, whether he would be physically able to withstand the rigours of a long run of live shows - Prince famously played 21 nights at the O2 - remains to be seen. What's more, there are bound to be question marks over whether Jackson still has the pulling power to sell out such a residency.

So, as with most things related to the erstwhile King Of Pop, we won't believe it until we see it.

(Via Billboard)

Ben Rogerson

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.