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Jackson fans will get concert refunds...but they could have a better offer

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Ticket purchasers for Michael Jackson’s planned 50-night comeback concert may receive refunds sooner than expected, the concert promoter says. Ending speculation about when fans might be reimbursed for Jackson’s “This Is It,” performances in London, given the singer’s shocking death last Thursday, promoter AEG Live announced today that full refunds, including service charges, will be available starting Weds., July 1, through the ticketing venues like Ticketmaster. More information can be found at the Michael Jackson Live! website.

However, those holding vouchers for the now-priceless tickets, originally sold for between £50 and £75 ($83-$124), may decide they don’t want the money when they hear AEG’s offer. In lieu of the full refund, the company says it will send would-be concertgoers their actual, specially crafted lenticular ticket, designed by Jackson, himself. That offer remains valid until Aug. 14, 2009. “The world lost a kind soul who just happened to be the greatest entertainer the world has ever known,” said AEG’s president and CEO Randy Phillips. “Since he loved his fans in life, it is incumbent upon us to treat them with the same reverence and respect after his death.”

Jackson’s sudden death at age 50 not only sent plans for the concert series into disarray, but created a financial morass of personal debts, real-estate and recording holdings, and child custody issues that may take months, if not years, to settle.

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