Michael Jackson Paving the Way OUT of Those 50 Concerts?
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.