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.
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