Jacko Delays London Shows

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2009 8:02 PM CDT
Michael Jackson, announcing the London shows in March.   (AP Photo / Joel Ryan, File)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson fans, don't buy those plane tickets just yet. The first four of Jackson's big London shows are being pushed back, the BBC reports. The July 8 show will now take place July 13, and the other three July shows have been postponed until March. The move triggered rumors that Jackson is sick or suffering from exhaustion, the Daily News notes, but the show's promoter says he just needs more time to rehearse.

"There's nothing nefarious," said the president of AEG Live. "There's nothing going on with his health." Jackson is supposed to perform 50 shows in all. "This show has grown in size and scope, thereby necessitating more lead time for manufacture of the set, programming the content for the massive video elements, and, most importantly, more time for full production and dress rehearsals," said the promoter.