Money-hurting music pop star Michael Jackson, on and off again Las Vegas resident, has got rid of his white gloves and is now in talks to mount a concert comeback with up to 30 live shows in either London or Las Vegas later this year.
If it happens, it would be Jackson’s first major performance since his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.
London’s O2 arena is said to be competing with a few hotels in Las Vegas to lure the 50-year-old “King of Pop” back to the stage he once ruled. This effort has been launched in the past, but now it’s in earnest.
Even though his bizarre behavior has wrecked his image, some insiders think the shows could net him $215 million, according to published reports in British newspapers.
“It will be the greatest comeback in the history of pop and there would be no problem selling out the O2 every night,” one source told London’s Daily Mail. “No one is concerned about his reputation and people don’t feel it is a risk. Organizers are confident people will come from all over the world to see him.”
There’s one fact for certain: Jackson really needs the work. Once one of the richest entertainers in the world, he’s in severe dire financial straits these days. Last year he had to fight a $7 million lawsuit by a son of the King of Bahrain over an unpaid debt. In April, he’s auctioning off thousands of his possessions, including the sequined white glove he famously wore in the “Billie Jean” videos.
Jackson has said he is working on a new album, but nothing has materialized. An adaptation of his video “Thriller” is supposedly headed for Broadway. Released into 1982, “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time and launched Jackson’s career into the stratosphere.
He’s largely been a mysterious recluse in recent years while his reputation has been battered by sex scandal, strange illnesses, plastic surgeries and other odd and eccentric behavior.