According to the NME, the promoter of Michael Jackson’s O2 Arena concerts is confident that a tribute show to the late superstar will take place in London, possibly on the singer’s birthday of August 29. AEG Live chief Randy Phillips is quoted as saying that “the number one item I’m discussing is presenting ‘This Is It’ the production, hopefully with the Jacksons and maybe Janet, and other artists.”
But which other artists? The number of performers who can claim a connection to Jackson is substantial and includes the Motown roster (Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, etc.); the many acts who performed at Jackson’s 30th anniversary show (a list that merely starts with Britney Spears, Slash, and *NSYNC); and artists such as Akon and will.i.am who had collaborated with Jackson over the past couple of years. Of course, the UK is also home to one Paul McCartney, with whom Jackson recorded “The Girl Is Mine” and “Say Say Say.” McCartney was reportedly upset by Jackson’s purchase of the Beatles catalog but was also fulsome in his praise of the Thriller star following his death.
So, who would you like to see perform? Britney? Justin T? Akon? Slash? Sir Paul? And what songs would you like them to play?
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