Updated: Jackson To Play 45 O2 Shows

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Michael Jackson has now added 35 more concerts to his residency at London’s O2 Arena following strong demand for the pre-sale tickets. The run of shows will now stretch into 2010.

Pre-sale tickets for the AEG Live-promoted residency went on sale at 7am GMT on March 11 to those who successfully entered the registration process for a chance to gain access to the pre-sale ticket offer. Tickets go general sale from March 13.

There are now a total of 45 dates confirmed, running from July 8 to Sept. 29 in 2009 and resuming on Jan. 7 until Feb. 12, according to Ticketmaster. Prices range from £50 ($68.82) to £75 ($103.23). However, dates have been regularly added so that number could change.
The huge response from fans who successfully registered at michaeljacksonlive.com and via text for the pre-sale led to delays online.

Chris Edmonds, managing director of Ticketmaster U.K., said in a statement: “We have witnessed an unprecedented level of demand for the Michael Jackson concerts at the O2. Unfortunately due to a technical issue, we were unable to facilitate all immediate ticket requests. Apologies to those fans who were unable to log on, but fans should keep on trying to purchase tickets.”

The pre-sale allocation for each show is around half the number of total tickets available according to a spokeswoman for AEG Live.

The total ticket allocation for each O2 concert is not yet confirmed. While the venue has a total capacity of 23,000, many concerts are around 18,000.

Source: http://billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_d…22b25b4f?imw=Y

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