HOLY SHIT: Michael has announced that he will perform 10 concerts at London’s O2 arena starting July 8, 2009.
He said that he would play “the songs the fans want to hear”, and added, “This is it, these will be my last shows in London,” stating that the shows would be his “curtain call”.
AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke (AEG owns the O2 Arena) broke the news early to Billboard and said that the run may be expanded to “20 or 25” shows.
O2’s longest run was Prince’s 21-night sold-out stint, which earned over $22 million.
Leiweke down-played rumors of the 50-year-old’s health: “The man is very sane, the man is very focused, the man is very healthy… Despite everything you read about him, he was fine. The man took a physical for us to go do these concerts.”
Leiweke said they had been in talks with Michael for two years before securing this deal. Michael’s last tour ended in 1997.
Tickets for Michael’s “curtain call” go on sale March 13, 7:00 AM GMT. Go here for more info.
So this begs the question: will he be any good (still)!?