Jackson Fans to Get Refund—or Tickets

Many fans likely to opt for pricey Jacko souvenir instead of money back
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2009 1:48 AM CDT
A fan holds a receipt proving purchase of one of the first tickets for Michael Jackson's once-planned 50-concert comeback.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori, FILE)
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(Newser) – The 750,000 people in 200 countries who bought ticket vouchers for Michael Jackson's planned 50-gig comeback will be able to get full refunds, the Los Angeles Times reports. Promoters AEG Live say any fans who paid for tickets through authorized agents will have the choice of getting either their money back, including service charges—or the ticket as a memento of the late singer.

Fans who have vouchers will be able to request refunds starting tomorrow, but many are expected to opt for receiving the Jackson-designed tickets, printed with a 3-D image. "I am going to ask for the ticket," said one fan who paid $125 for hers. "I am a huge Michael Jackson fan. It will always make me think of the show I would have loved to see." (Read more Michael Jackson stories.)