A company who insured Michael Jackson’s London concert residency is refusing to pay out on the $17.5 million policy.
Lloyd’s of London insist the document ‘ which protected against the cancellation and non-appearance of the King of Pop at his 50-night run of shows at London’s The O2 ‘ was never valid because promoters AEG Live failed to supply details of the apparent “prescription drug use and/or addiction” of the ‘Billie Jean’ singer, who died just weeks before the concerts were due to begin.
AEG Live took out the policy two months before Michael died from acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 and submitted a claim on the policy, accompanied by the star’s death certificate, within days of his passing.
However, the insurers insist a required medical examination on the music legend ‘ who was given the alias Mark Jones on the paperwork ‘ never took place so have asked a Los Angeles court to nullify the policy.
They also argued they were not obliged to pay the cost of the cancelled shows because they did not receive information they had requested from the promoter about the star’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray – who is currently awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of his famous patient.
Lawyers for Michael’s Estate insist the claim should still stand.
Attorney Howard Weitzman told TMZ: “This legal action is nothing more than an insurance company trying to avoid paying a legitimate claim by the insured.”
Cher Announces End Of Her Three-Year Vegas Residency In February. After three years of headlining her show in Vegas, Cher has announced the final curtain for her shows. The multi-award-winning performer will end her three-year residency at The Caesars Palace’s The Colosseum on February 5, 2011. The show, simply titled “Cher,” boasts the talents of choreographer and director Doriana Sanchez, who brings the singer’s vision to life using 16 dancers and aerialists, videos, special effects, and grand set designs. Cher will have performed around 200 shows during the course of her three-year residency, which began on May 6, 2009. John Meglen, co-CEO of AEG Live/Concerts West said, “Cher is an entertainment legend. We are delighted that she has called The Colosseum at Caesars Palace home for three years. We wish her luck in future endeavors and thank her and the cast and crew for their dedication.” “With each performance as fresh and energetic as opening night, Cher continues to reign among the best of the city’s long roster of legendary talents,” added Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. “Our guests won’t want to miss these grand finale performances.” Tickets for the January 11 through February 5 shows will go on sale September 25.
Bon Jovi looking for a support band. Bon Jovi are calling out to all UK bands to enter their opening act competition!AEG Live in conjunction with goNORTH are giving new bands a once in a life time opportunity to make their dreams come true opening for Bon Jovi in front of tens of thousands of cheering fans at The O2 Arena! To enter the competition, all you have to do is submit a video of your band playing live to www.openforbonjovi.com and you could be opening for one of the biggest rock bands in the world*. Richie Sambora says, “If you want to open one of our O2 shows and think you’ve got the chops to win – upload a track via www.openforbonjovi.com and we’ll be seeing you on tour!” A blue ribbon panel from Bon Jovi management, goNORTH and AEG Live will pick the ultimate winners. Five emerging UK bands will win an opening slot to perform approximately 30 minutes of original music on the following nights: 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 13th June. Full Bon Jovi London Residency dates:
June 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26 Bon Jovi has also announced special guests for a selection of O2 concerts. One Republic on 17th, 19th and 20th June and Kid Rock on 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th June.
The band’s 11th studio album, The Circle, debuted at #1 in numerous countries including the U.S., Canada, Germany and Japan, with Top 5 debuts throughout Europe and the UK. Globally, the band has sold more than 120 million albums, and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. Bon Jovi’s previous run, the hugely successful 2008 “Lost Highway Tour,” was Billboard’s top-grossing tour of the year. * Terms & Conditions – $500 will be offered to cover travel and expenses to the winning bands.
Is LaToya Jackson right? Was Michael Jackson murdered by someone close to him? According to TMZ, the Los Angeles Police Department now is reportedly treating the death of Michael Jackson as a homicide. And they are focusing on Jackson’s personal physician of three years, Dr. Conrad Murray.
Who is this guy?
Murray was hired by AEG Live to accompany the pop star to London for his comeback concerts. According to AEG, Michael was adamant that Murray be hired because the singer had a “rapport” with the doctor. The Los Angeles Times reported that Murray was performing CPR on Jackson when paramedics arrived at his home on June 25, and Murray’s car was later towed by police from the home. Evidence points to the anesthesia drug Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson’s death, reports say. Vials of Propofol were found in Jackson’s home after he died. Law enforcement sources say there is already “plenty of powerful evidence” linking Murray as the person who administered the drug to Jackson. The evidence includes: the Propofol, an IV stand and oxygen tank found in Jackson’s home. Will you be surprised if this dude says Jackson injected himself with this IV drug? Ladies and gentleman, place your bets.
11,000 Michael Jackson funeral tickets free to fans. We’ve just learned that the AEG Live is making 11,000 tickets to Michael Jackson’s memorial service free to fans. Fans wishing to attend the service will have to register for the free tickets, according to organizers. The event will be taking place on Tuesday, July 7th at the Staples Center. More information will be announced Friday morning. This busts the previous rumor that tickets were being sold for $25.00 apiece, along with t-shirts. It was said that the Jackson family weren’t trying to profit from his memorial service, but only trying to break even. Stay tuned as details become available.
The Michael Jackson funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Sources tell me that AEG Live, which owns Staples and next-door neighbor Nokia Theatre, will use both facilities and the surrounding plaza. There’s no official confirmation yet, but we are told all systems are go. Insiders also say that AEG will put gigantic screens outside the facilities for the thousands who will not get inside. No word yet on how ticketing will be handled. In order to do this, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, scheduled to begin its run at Staples on July 8, had to be persuaded to postpone moving into Staples by several hours. Somehow it seems appropriate. It will be a day for the Greatest Show on Earth to follow The Biggest Funeral in History. Jackson would love this, that’s for sure. Earlier speculation had the funeral being held everywhere from Neverland to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The body of the late pop icon reportedly will be driven Thursday to his fantasy ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif., paving the way for a massive viewing Friday. A 30-car motorcade is set to carry Jackson’s remains from an undisclosed location in the Los Angeles area to the rolling hills surrounding Neverland, where thousands of fans are expected to converge. The over-the-top farewell will be capped off by a private memorial Sunday at the 2,800-acre ranch – named for the mythical island in “Peter Pan” – law enforcement sources told CNN. Jackson once lived at Neverland, which boasted an amusement park and a menagerie, but abandoned it after county officials charged him with molesting a child there. Officials said they could not confirm numerous reports about the funeral plans, and Jackson’s family had no comment. The details emerged on a day of fast-moving developments: – Jackson’s will was found, a Continue reading →
Jacko plans London comeback, MICHAEL JACKSON is planning a huge comeback event to be staged in London, it was reported today. The singer has been in secret talks to arrange a 30-date residency at Dockland’s O2 Arena this summer, which could secure the star up to £1.5million a night.Dubbed “the greatest comeback in history”, organisers AEG Live said they were looking at putting on the concerts at the 20,000-seat venue in July.They said they believed that Jackson fans from all across Europe will travel to London to see him perform.A source said: “It will be the greatest comeback in the history of pop and there would be no problem selling out the O2 every night.”No-one is concerned about his reputation and people don’t feel it is a risk. Organisers are confident people will come from all over the world to see him.”