Bag your­self a piece of Jacko

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicnews -

A Michael Jack­son trib­ute gig fea­tur­ing mem­bers of his fam­ily is on the cards for later this year, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. The chief ex­ec­u­tive of con­cert pro­mot­ers AEG, Randy Phillips – who was the mas­ter­mind be­hind Jack­son’s 50 planned dates for Lon­don’s O2 Arena – said that he was “con­fi­dent” that a plan would be put in place for a per­for­mance, us­ing the same “This Is It” ban­ner that the star was re­hears­ing for when he died.

Phillips said that he was hope­ful that Janet Jack­son and sev­eral of the Jack­sons would par­tic­i­pate in a birth­day trib­ute for their brother on Au­gust 29th.

Jack­son’s first gig at the O2 was sched­uled for last Tues­day. Hun­dreds of fans gath­ered at the venue to leave mes­sages, lay flow­ers and add items to the shrine, which has been steadily grow­ing since June 25th.

Mean­while, the range of mer­chan­dise that was man­u­fac­tured for sale at the gigs has been put on sale via a web­site. Fans can pur­chase ev­ery­thing from com­mem­o­ra­tive T-shirts and mugs, to belt buckles, wal­lets and play­ing cards from www.michaeljack­son merch.com

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