LONDON, England (CNN) — Michael Jackson fans who purchased
tickets for his final concerts will receive a full refund or, if they
chose, a commemorative ticket, the concert promoter said Tuesday.
A fan shows off the first ticket bought at the O2 Centre in London for one of Michael Jackson’s concerts.
“The world lost a kind soul who just happened to be the greatest
entertainer the world has ever known,” said Randy Phillips, president
and chief executive officer of AEG Live.
“Since he loved his fans in life, it is incumbent upon us to treat them with the same reverence and respect after his death.”
Fifty sold-out Jackson concerts were scheduled for the O2 Arena in
London, starting July 13, with admission costing at least $105. The
shows were billed as the final concerts of his career and were called
“This Is It.”
Fans who decide they would rather have a souvenir will receive a ticket conceived by Jackson. There are eight designs that include holographic images of the entertainer on the front.Â Images of the tickets will be available on michaeljacksonlive.com in coming days, according to the promoter.
efunds will be processed by the issuing ticketing agencies — See, Ticketline, Ticketmaster and Viagogo.
Billboard magazine has estimated that $85 million in tickets were sold
for the concert series. Additional packages, merchandise and secondary
market sales could have raised the total to $115 million. AEG Live
declined to comment on the figures.
Jackson was expected to earn $50 million from the London shows.
He died Thursday in California after his doctor found him in bed not
breathing, but with a slight pulse. Efforts to revive the 50-year-old
singer failed and he was pronounced dead at a Los Angeles medical
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