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.

More MJ freakiness

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Just got this email about yesterday’s Michael Jackson O2 shows presale.

Michael Jackson Presale Update!

We know that many of you have experienced frustrating delays today and we apologise for these problems. If you have not yet been successful in purchasing tickets with your code, it WILL still work. Please dont worry if you managed to log in, but didnt get any further. The codes can still be redeemed tomorrow.

We have now sold out of the presale ticket allocation for 30 shows. Michael Jackson has agreed to add more shows, so you still have a chance to get tickets on presale. We will be back in action at 7am (GMT), tomorrow 12 March.

Demand for tickets is unprecedented, so please be patient and do keep trying.

And remember if you miss out on the presale there will be tickets available on every show at the public on sale from 7am (GMT) 13 March.

Like I said: one way or another, this is going to be an off-the-hook spectacle.