LONDON: Pop megastar Michael Jackson is in talks with concert organisers for a comeback series of up to 30 live shows in London this year, a source close to the negotiations told AFP on February 21.
The source, on anonymity, confirmed media reports that the 50-year-old â€˜King of Popâ€™ could be set to play his first major concerts since his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.
Londonâ€™s O2 arena is reportedly competing with resort hotels in Las Vegas for the right to host the shows, which could net the icon up to Â£150 million, reports said.
If the deal is confirmed, it would be a spectacular return to the limelight for Jackson, who dominated pop with hit albums like Thriller and Bad in the 1980s but has virtually vanished from public view since his trial.
â€œIt will be the greatest comeback in the history of pop and there would be no problem selling out the O2 every night,â€ a source told Daily Mail. â€œNo one is concerned about his reputatio, people donâ€™t feel it is a risk. Organisers are confident people will come from all over the world to see him.â€