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Michael Jackson announces dates: And so we face the 'final curtain'

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173055__jackson_lMichael Jackson confirmed today that he will play 10 shows at London’s O2 arena starting on July 8. At a press conference that took place in the venue earlier today, the singer also announced that the so-called “This Is It” dates will be his “final curtain call.” Of course, fans of Frank Sinatra — or pretty much any other star singer who has ever announced their “retirement” — may care to take said “curtain call” comment with a shovelful of salt. Ticket prices for the shows start at 50 pounds sterling.

DuringJackson’s heyday, the Thriller megastar was one of the most popular and lauded live performers on the face of the planet. But, then, during his heyday, Ronald Reagan was president and “reality TV” meant “the news.” In fact, the King of Pop hasn’t properly toured since the mid-’90s and, recently, has often appeared frail. So, PopWatchers, are any of you excited enough at the prospect of seeing Jacko live to fly to London? And what do we think about his claiming this is the “final curtain call?”

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