By Dave Karger
Updated May 20, 2009 at 11:46 PM EDT

Michael Jackson has pushed back his London concert dates by five days, the Los Angeles Times is reporting. The show’s director, Kenny Ortega, and exec producer, Randy Phillips, blamed the delay (from July 8 to July 13) on the spectacle’s technical complexities, not Jackson’s health or preparedness. Three makeup performances of the show, called “This Is It,” will be scheduled for next March.