“It is now that I see and feel that calling once again, to be part of a music that will not just connect, but make all feel one; one in joy, one in pain, one in love, one in service and in consciousness.” – Michael Jackson
Last week, when Michael Jackson announced that he would return to the stage in London to peform a final handful of concerts, there was much speculation in the press about whether or not he could continue to appeal to the masses. This week, he easily put those sentiments to rest.
A presale for registered users of MichaelJacksonLive.com started on Wednesday, and TicketMaster’s website immediately crashed due to the onslaught of fans trying to purchase tickets. Once promoters saw the demand for tickets, they added several more dates – extending the string of concerts into February of next year. When tickets for those shows were made available to the general public this morning at 7am, they began selling at 39,474 per hour and 657 per minute – with almost 1 million tickets and all fifty concerts sold out in less than five hours.
When all is said and done, this will be the largest audience ever to see an artist in a single city, the most amount of people to attend a series of arena shows, and the fastest ticket sales in history.