Jackson comeback poses more questions than answers

Fri Mar 6, 2009 7:47am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Is it a comeback or a swansong? Will he sing or lipsynch? Has he still got the moves?

Michael Jackson's brief appearance on Thursday at London's O2 Arena, where he plans a series of 10 concerts starting on July 8, raised more questions than it provided answers.

The 50-year-old did at least show up, looking more robust than in recent photographs.

But his announcement was confused, and left reporters and hundreds of screaming supporters wondering whether his first series of gigs in 12 years would actually be his last.

"These will be my final shows ... performances in London," Jackson said. "When I say this is it, I mean this is it. I'll be performing the songs my fans want to hear. This is it, this is really it, this is the final curtain call."

Randy Phillips, president of AEG Live which signed Jackson for the concerts, had few concrete answers.

He did not rule out more concerts in London and elsewhere in the future, and much more than just music appears to be riding on the summer shows.

"None of us are sure," he told Reuters. "I didn't want to get so far ahead of what he wanted to do.   Continued...

<p>Michael Jackson smiles during a news conference at the O2 Arena in London March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth</p>