The singer announces delay to anticipated residency in the Capital

Michael Jackson has announced that the start of his anticipated 50-night run at London’s O2 Arena will be delayed by five days.

The original first night on July 8 will now take place on July 13, with three more dates rescheduled for March 2010.

The July 10, 12 and 14 concerts will now take place on March 1, 3 and 6, respectively.

A press statement released by Jackson’s concert promoter, AEG’s Randy Phillips has said that the scale and ambition of the concerts is what has caused the delay.

The statement reads: “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 in the world’s busiest arena, the O2.

“As much as we agonised over this change in the original schedule, we are sure the fans will understand when they experience the level of entertainment Michael Jackson intends to deliver while also ensuring the safety of the musicians, cast and crew and the crisp execution of the production.”

Fans are advised to check Michaeljacksonlive.com for more information about the rescheduled dates and those unable to attend the new shows will be able to obtain refunds.

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