Sunday, December 17, 2006

Michael Jackson Postponed Christmas Event in Tokyo

Pop singer Michael Jackson has postponed a Tokyo Christmas event in which those paying the top price of 400,000 yen ($3,900 Cdn) could meet him. A notice posted Sunday on the website for the Dec. 19 "Premium V.I.P. Party" said the event will be pushed to March 8 instead to allow the 48-year-old entertainer to add another date to his Tokyo schedule to meet his fans. The party, for 1,600 fans, would have included a band, gospel singers and dancers.

Jackson was not going to perform; rather he would just appear at the party to meet with an estimated 300 platinum ticket holders who had paid the highest price to have a picture taken with the star.

The notice said more platinum tickets will be offered and an extra day has been added. Fans with tickets to the Dec. 19 event will have priority preference. They can also get a full refund.

"Fan Appreciation Day" will be held the next day with tickets costing 15,000 yen ($147 Cdn). Fans will be treated to a show of dancers performing to Jackson's hit songs while the reclusive star watches from a special area.

"Tokyo is such a wonderful place, and I look forward to speaking to my friends and fans at both events. My fans have been so loving and supportive of me," Jackson said in a statement posted on the website, supported by Positive Productions.

Jackson had his first public appearance since he was acquitted of child molestation charges in June 2005 in late November at the World Music Awards in London, England.

The World Music Awards audience was promised a performance from his wildly successful 1982 Thriller album but all it got was a few lines of We Are the World.

Beyonce Knowles presented Jackson with the Diamond Award, given to artists who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

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