NOTE: We posted this copy on the MJME MySpace page in early June, well before Mr. Jackson’s unexpected passing.
After some deliberation, we’ve opted to repost the copy in its original, unedited form here on our blog. We present it as a remembrance of the eagerness and the ancitipation with which we looked forward to Mr. Jackson’s return to live performance.
AEG Live, the promoter of Mr. Jackson’s planned THIS IS IT series, possesses over 100 hours of footage from rehearsals and other concert-related activities. Sources at AEG suggest that a documentary or a similar THIS IS IT project may be in the offing.
We love you, Michael Jackson. Please enjoy our blog entry 🙂
The massive white canopy with its protruding steel masts might suggest that an alien spaceship landed on the Greenwich Peninsula. But never fear, for this eccentric structure actually houses the expansive O2 entertainment district.
Covering a circumference of nearly a kilometer, the dome encompasses museum-style exhibition space, a live music club, an 11-screen cinema, a plethora of restaurants and bars, and, of course, The O2 Arena. It is at The O2 Arena where Mr. Jackson will take up residence during his This Is It concert series.
Opened in 2000 as the Millennium Dome, the complex was subsequently remodeled and reintroduced in 2007 as The O2.
Telecommunications giant O2 plc (now owned by Telefonica Europe plc) acquired naming rights to the complex and promoted the reopening with its “Do The O2” television campaign.
The O2’s crown jewel, the 23,000-seat O2 Arena, has showcased world-class events ranging from American sport contests (NBA, NHL) to top-flight concerts (Sir Elton John, Prince). 2012 will see The O2 Arena host gymnastics and basketball when the Summer Olympic Games arrive at London.
A news profile from 2007 highlights The O2 Arena’s multipurpose capabilities.
To learn more about The O2 Arena, click here.
To visit The O2 online, click here.