Donny and Marie Osmond, headliners at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, flew to London yesterday to film a TV special that airs in Europe in November. It’s called “An Audience with Donny and Marie” and will feature their first album release together in 29 years.
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Before heading off to London early this week, pop music icon Michael Jackson has a new $40 million lawsuit to contend with. According to his attorney Ira Meyerowitz the new breach of contract lawsuit reportedly won’t stop Jackson from going ahead with his plans to perform in the 50-show “This is It” tour in London.
Allgood Entertainment reportedly had a signed contract with Michael’s manager to do a reunion concert with members of the Jackson family and produce it as a pay-per-view spectacular. The contract apparently had stipulations in it forbidding the sometimes Las Vegas resident to perform elsewhere beforehand or for 90 days afterward.
But the London shows violated contract terms even before he’d performed them. Allgood’s managing partner, Patrick Allocco, said, “We’ve given Michael Jackson and his London promoters every opportunity to resolve this, but we have not heard from anyone. … . We want to be compensated for an agreement they entered into or be involved in some way with the London shows.”
The deal called for him not to perform elsewhere for a certain period of time before the event or for at least three months after it. The lawsuit, now in court in New Jersey, says Jackson, manager Frank DiLeo and event promoter AEG Live/Concerts West broke the contract by signing to do the London series of concerts this summer.
So far, representatives for Jackson and AEG have made no comment.
British Airways will start flying from London’s Heathrow Airport to Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport in October.
With planning for this in the works for years, Heathrow, the busiest international airport will begin daily service on October 25, with a flight arriving in Las Vegas at 5:10 p.m. The return trip to London will depart at 7 p.m.
The airline will use a Boeing 777, photo at right, configured with 274 seats, 24 of which will be “world traveler plus,” 36 business-class, with seats that recline fully to 180 degrees, and 214 economy class seats.
Fares will begin at $461 round trip, plus taxes and fuel surcharges.
British Airways will be the second United Kingdom carrier providing direct, daily service to Las Vegas. Although Virgin Atlantic already makes the trip it flies from the much smaller Gatwick Airport.
The new Heathrow connection will put Las Vegas within one stop of cities around the world, making it that much easier for people to travel to Las Vegas and, hopefully, boost Las Vegas’ sagging tourism.
Based on top overseas source markets for Las Vegas visitation compiled in 2007 (latest available figures), United Kingdom passengers already account for 409,000 annual visitors, 11.5 percent of the total international tourism, second only to Canada that brings 1.5 million visitors, 41.4 percent of the total.
Las Vegas will be the 19th American city with British Airways service.
Europeans apparently still love the 50-year-old ‘Gold’ Gloved Wonder, who inhabited Las Vegas in reclusive style before recently moving to Hollywood.
And his fans don’t mind paying for Jackson’s concerts in our economic recession.
Following Jackson’s 12-year tour layoff, AEG organizers now have extended his original 10-concert, $1 million per concert, deal at London’s 02 Arena to a total of 50, extending his planned performances out to February 2010.
Tickets sold like proverbial hotcakes- with plenty of syrup: 360,000 tickets were sold in 18 hours during the presale, equating to 20,000 tickets per hour, and 33 tickets per minute.
If – IF – Michael Jackson shows up and makes all his concerts, that will mean 1 million fans will have witnessed in person the aura and karma exuding from the self-proclaimed aging King of Pop.
Michael Jackson has reportedly returned to London yesterday to launch his comeback. The 50-year-old debt-ridden King of Pop, who has been living in Las Vegas for the better part of two years while entertaining many performance offers, is scheduled to make a “special announcement” March 5 at The 02 Arena in London.
Jackson will reportedly perform 10 concerts for a reported $10 million.
The Los Angeles-based AEG Live, who operates The O2, has reportedly booked the deal. If the shows are well-received and attended, and Jackson can make the commitments, the deal could extend to a total of 20 to 30 performances, at up to $1 million per show.
AEG also has a strong Las Vegas connection. Could it be that he will perform here too?