Michael Jackson concert run enters stratosphere of absurdity

I blogged last week that I picked up a presale ticket for one of Michael Jackson’s O2 shows here in London this summer, as well as about theunprecedented demand during that presale.

The shows – which swelled in number to 50, the same as Jackson’s age – went on regular sale yesterday morning. They all sold out in four hours. That’s a million tickets. AEG Live promoter extraordinaire Randy Phillips is bouncing off the walls, fueled by his own hype.

Unsurprisingly, insurance for this massive run of shows is proving difficult to nail down.

There’s also an internet rumour going around that it wasn’t Jackson at the press conference announcing the shows. I have to admit, the pics of him seeneven weirder than normal.