Michael Jackson steps out, confirming that his upcoming shows in London will be his "Final Curtain Call". Announcing the news during a press conference at London's O2 Arena, he also shares to hundreds of screaming fans and members of the media attending that he plans to kick off the live concerts in July.
"Thank you all... this is it," Jackson says. "I just wanted to say, these will be my final show performances in London. When I say this is it, it really means this is it. I'll be performing the songs my fans want to hear. This is it, this is really it, this is the final curtain call."
"I'll see you in July and... I love you. I really do, you have to know that, from the bottom of my heart. This is it and see you in July," Jackson ends his announcement. He then raises his fist in the air, strikes a series of poses for the media and walks out of the stage.
Michael Jackson's shows at London's O2 Arena are expected to begin on July 8 and tickets for the gig will go on sale starting on March 13 with price ranging from 50 pounds (70 dollars) to 75 pounds (106 dollars). Though details for the concerts are still under tight wrap, it is revealed from the posters advertising the shows that the singer will play 10 concerts at the venue.
Commenting on the upcoming shows, Rob Hallett, executive from tour promoter AEG Live states, "We are delighted to facilitate the return of the King of Pop, long may he reign! Michael at the O2 this summer will surely be the highlight of the musical year." He also says, "When Michael Jackson performs, the eyes of the world will be watching. Look out for an International flavor to the audience, as this will be his only concerts in the world this year." AEG president and CEO Tim Leiwek however admits that negotiations aren't so easy and takes two years before Jackson finally agrees to the terms.
Michael Jackson announcing "Final Curtain Call" concerts: