Michael Jackson Announces Comeback Tour!
Michael Jackson is all over the news again. But this time, the press is not focusing on messy court cases, financial ruin or a weird disease allegedly eating the skin off his face - MJ is making a comeback!
It has been confirmed that the controversy-entangled King of Pop is ready to pull off a spectacular 'final curtain call' with his 'This Is It' tour in July. The 10 London concerts will be Michael's first major live performance in 12 years.
At a press conference last Thursday, (which incidentally, he arrived five hours late to) Jackson said 'These will be my final shows performing in London. "This Is It" really means this is it." The reclusive star then blew kisses and saluted his fans as they chanted "Michael! Michael!"
Evidently, the Gloved One has plenty of love to give the Old Country these days. Hot on the heels of this news, we hear that MJ has also reached out to tragic British reality star Jade Goody. Australia's mediocre interest in UK's fledging reality stars has saved us from too much exposure to Goody, but there is no doubt she has had more than her fair share of tabloid inches, and a career that has rollercoastered from the sublime to the ridiculous something MJ can no doubt relate to!
MJ knew Goody from her time starring alongside his brother Jermaine in the controversy-ridden 2007 Celebrity Big Brother. Anglophiles and gossip fans may recall the international incident caused by Goody's allegedly racist rant at Bollywood beauty Shilpa Shetty.
Goody found herself on the wrong side of the press, her name splashed across global headlines, forcing her into hiding, and her career into a downward spiral, and even eliciting a formal statement from PM Gordon Brown.
Renowned to his celebrity friends for being a kind-hearted soul, MJ has telephoned Goody to give the terminally ill star his support as she lies dying in a London clinic from advanced cervical cancer. A friend is reported to have said: "He learned of Jade's suffering and wanted to lend his support and comfort her at this awful time.'
By all accounts the sales for MJ's much-anticipated 'This Is It' 10-day residency at the London 02 Arena are expected to go nuts, but can he still deliver? Word is his promoters require him to undergo a rigorous series of medicals to ensure his health and vitality were up to the grueling shows, but that hasn't stopped British bookmaker William Hill offering odds that Jackson will not turn up for the run of concerts!
It certainly appears to be going to plan - with some fresh speculation that RnB star NeYo may have to cancel HIS July tour to the UK as the dates at the 02 Arena may clash with MJ.
More news as it develops.