Jackson's Final Rehearsal To Air
The final rehearsal for Michael Jackson's planned concert tour will likely be broadcast internationally, Chicago Sun-Times entertainment columnist Bill Zwecker reported today (Monday), citing a source at Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Los Angeles-based concert promotion and touring company that was staging Jackson's comeback. A similar report appeared on Sharon Waxman's blog, TheWrap.com. It was not immediately clear whether the company intends to distribute the rehearsal performance to theaters or whether it is planning a television special. According to the reports, the rehearsal was shot with multiple "state-of-the-art" cameras (presumably meaning high-definition equipment) and the audio was captured in SurroundSound. Besides Jackson, the material also included performances by dancers, musicians and aerial performers. Illusionist Ed Alonzo told USA Today "It was incredible. ... His moves were dead-on -- the same Michael Jackson we [saw] through the years in music videos. ... Every song he was doing was not just singing, but surrounded by huge production -- gigantic spiders and 20-foot puppets. I feel I was so blessed to see the only performance of this concert." The rehearsal was reportedly taped at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 24, the day before Jackson's death. The AEG source told Zwecker and Waxman that the video could also be released as a DVD and the audio, as a live CD. "We have a live album in the can," an AEG official boasted to a colleague over the weekend, according to Waxman's account.