Take it for what it’s worth and we’d like to see the video before we believe it at all, but Michael Jackson reportedly told fans outside the Burbank, Calif. dance studio where he was rehearsing earlier this week that he only signed on for 10 shows at London’s 02 Arena, reports the U.K.’s Sun newspaper. The problem? Fifty shows have sold out. As we know, “production” issues have already pushed the start date back from July 8 to July 13.
“I’m really angry with them booking me up to do 50 shows,” Jackson allegedly said. “I only wanted to do 10, 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.” All we can say is that must be one heck of a nap since the initial slate of 10 shows was announced and then the other concerts were added a few days later.
Plus, and this is what is making us check to see if it isn’t really April 1 on our calendar, Jackson supposedly said, “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.” Uh…right. Plus, we’d also like to note that the Sun recently ran a story about how Jackson is afraid his nose may fall off. (Wait a minute, that actually makes them more credible by the second…)
Regardless of whether this conversation, which is completely unattributed, by the way, is true, the bigger point is will Jackson ever take the stage at all? Rumors continue to swirl, despite concert promoter AEG’s denials, that Jackson is not well enough to perform a few dates, let alone 50, and that he needs additional treatment for skin cancer. If we were a betting woman-and, as you know, there are betting pools going on over this very issue in London-we would bet that the cancer will be used as a reason for delaying the shows and then they will never happen.