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Jun. 2 2009 - 8:03 pm | 38 views | 0 recommendations | 6 comments

Michael Jackson Paving the Way OUT of Those 50 Concerts?

He Was Duped!

He Was Duped!

As the author of a book about Michael Jackson I stay interested in all the latest Jacko news.  The lawsuits, the changing characters around him, his planned comeback with a 10 date concert series in London.  As with so many things Jackson the number 10 mysteriously morphed to 50 concert dates.

A lot is riding on this massive concert project not the least of which is the fate of Jackson’s latest benefactor – a one time billionaire now, thanks to the economy,  just a mere multi-millionaire, Tom Barrack.

Barrack  wrote a check and saved Jackson’s Neverland Ranch from the vultures, he masterminded a complete business re-do for MJ and he boasts in a recent L.A. Times article that as far as Michael Jackson goes, “You are talking about a guy who could make $500 million a year if he puts his mind to it.  There are very few individual artists who are multibillion-dollar businesses. And he is one.”

But one must wonder if Barrack has stopped to think what would happen to his investment if Michael Jackson didn’t “put his mind to it.”  What if Jackson loses interest in all that rehearsal or if he starts feeling like the victim he so often portrays?  The Sun reports it may  already be happening.

Jackson revealed his doubts   to his adoring fans, saying, “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.” Apparently the Thriller star is has been concerned about his ability to cope with such a strenuous schedule.

He went on to say that he had been duped by promoters into committing to so many performances at the O2 Arena in London. “I’m really angry with them booking me up to do 50 shows,” he said. “I only wanted to do ten, 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.”   via Michael Jackson angry and confused, again – The Ampersand.

And just recently there was a report that Michael Jackson had some sort of skin cancer and had to set back the start of the concerts by a week.

I dunno.  I’ve covered this guy for a long time and the plans always seem so grandiose….and they hardly ever really happen.  Remember the theme parks he was going to open in Europe? Remember the albums he was going to make with the Royal Sheik? And folks are still waiting for that Michael Jackson Katrina Song he said would raise money for the Hurricane victims.

Will the 50 concert series really happen? Will financier Barrack realize his dream of a Phoenix-like Jackson dynasty with  appearances in Las Vegas, theme parks and massive music deals?

Watch this space.  I’m guessing it’s gonna get ugly.


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    Diane,

    Starting around the beginning of June 2008, things haven’t exactly gone my way. My 18-year-old cat, Maxine, had a stroke followed by a seizure disorder where I crushed up Diazepam and mixed it in her wet food twice a day as she still had a good quality of life…eat, sleep and play. She had another stroke at the end of March. She died peacefully and pain-free on April Fool’s Day with me right there for her last breath. On Columbus Day (October 13, 2008) I had an accident and had to have surgery on both of my legs. (The right leg 10/15/07; the left leg 1/12/09.) I could only do one at a time without using a regular cast on each leg because I wouldn’t have been able to take care of Maxine. My Dad is at the end with lung cancer, so 2009 has been a year of endings. It would be easy to feel sorry for myself and there have been moments where I have. Maxine was/is my greatest loss. I cried every single day for an hour or so the last 10 months of her life, but I was so grateful for that time. In a way I have been lucky to have skated through life for 46 years without these things happening and maybe for them happening all at once.

    My point is, that even at my lowest moment, I am not Michael Jackson. I can’t imagine what it must be like to live his life. His skin cancer is now what he calls “production problems.” He goes to bed thinking he is doing 10 concerts and wakes up to find he is doing 50? I know all about that feeling of powerlessness when life happens. There is not one thing I could have done differently to have changed the year I have had, but this man…this one man has had more drama for more years than anyone I can think of in my lifetime. I just can’t imagine how or why this man is so plagued with problems. It makes me sad…and, at the same time, grateful. But, mostly sad.

    I don’t know how much of all of this he has brought on himself. I would find it unimaginable that he could sell out 10 concerts let alone 50. I am not trying to blame the victim here. Diane, I don’t mean to be depressing today…I’m just sort of in a reflective mood and to see someone who had it all brought to where he is today perplexes me. One thing with all things Michael Jackson, the outcome will surprise me somehow and will likely fail to inspire.

    Sandy

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      Mr.Sandy – I beleive the individual is in charge of their own destiny and people treat you THE WAY YOU ALLOW THEM TO TREAT YOU. For all the time I’ve been covering Michael Jackson there has been this recurring theme of, “I’m a victim….” “They did this without my knowledge….” “I didn’t know what was happening….” and he hides behind this facade of being a simple creature, searching for his lost childhood, that others take advantage of. The reality, I’ve found from the countless inside sources who’ve worked hand in glove (no pun intended) with Mr. Jackson say it’s quite the opposite. He knows EXACTLY what is going on around him, he is the ring master of the circus and nothing but nothing gets done without his approval.
      Funny how publicity and PR spin works, eh? ~ DD

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        Diane,

        You are right. He has been exactly as you have said from “simple creature” to “victim.” Perhaps he needs to rethink his need for this particular kind of publicity? I try so hard to give people the benefit of the doubt as it is in my nature, but I have long suspected he has had a much larger role in the endless drama that we are forced to watch.

        Sure, I can try and look away, but isn’t this the “train wreck” that we all can’t take our eyes off of? To orchestrate such a life for yourself is sick. Great pun; intended or not.

        Sandy

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        Diane
        Jesus Christ didn’t want to “ALLOW” devils “TREAT” him badly like they did. Princess Diana and John Lennon didn’t “ALLOW” anyone kill them.
        I really want to kill you for what you did to my idol, most beloved artist, best humanitarian, most loving, caring, talented man Michael Jackson. Do you ALLOW me to do that? Thanks

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    Diane,
    I still believe he got away with it .! So I have no pity for a man who had it all and threw it away.!
    Renee

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    Actually,

    Things got ugly the moment you sacrificed your morality in order to make a buck Dimond.

    You have been deservedly called a liar by all journalists of note, and your self-delusion about your conduct towards Mr Jackson for over decade and obvious contempt for due process, mark you as anything but a journalist.

    You work shames you.

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