Michael Jackson’s final concert rehearsal photos

Two days before he died, Michael did a run through of several songs that he would be performing on the 50-date London tour that was to begin the following month. Here are a few photos from that night.

I find it a little disturbing that Michael named the tour “This Is It!” and also described the concerts as a “final curtain call” during an earlier press conference.


Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

13 thoughts on “Michael Jackson’s final concert rehearsal photos”

  1. Have you noticed that the first/third photo is a composition? When you look at the space between MJ’s legs, the background should be visible – but it’s just dark grey…
    A few days ago I listened to Invincible again. When the song “Heaven Can Wait” started, it gave me goosebumps.

  2. @ Anke: Very interesting observation! You have an eye for detail, because I never noticed. I wonder if the “This Is It” background was added to the photo to market any upcoming concert footage?

    I have listened to alot of MJ music since his death. I’ve cried almost every day. I feel stupid even admitting that, but it’s the truth. I told myself just this afternoon that it’s time to move on. He’s gone and all the grieving in the world isn’t going to bring him back.

    I will always love Michael and he will always have a special place in my heart. There will never, ever be another entertainer that is that spectacular. You simply can’t reinvent the wheel.

  3. You don’t have to feel stupid, it’s just the way you cope with MJ’s death. Gosh, I cried so hard, too… MJ was a part of my life ever since I was 12, and I never gave a sh** about all the rumors.
    I bought all the tacky teenie magazines from the newsstand – just because MJ was on the covers again. It helps me to look at his photos. *sigh*

  4. @ Anke: I’ve been buying all the magazines, too, but I’ve found that reading them only makes me more depressed. I had a poster up in my office, but took it down because it is just a constant reminder of his death.

    Speaking of magazines – have you seen the latest Rolling Stone cover? That is the saddest photo I’ve ever seen of MJ.

  5. Oh… I haven’t seen the cover before, but I just googled it. MJ’s expression is so sad, it brought some tears to my eyes. Here in Germany, I’ll have to go to a large newsstand at the Stuttgart main station go get the Rolling Stone. Thanks for mentioning it.
    The German Rolling Stone cover looks much happier, even though it’s black&white: http://tinyurl.com/m5ma6k

  6. I might be wrong but it looks like the “S” is missing a curve that should be showing between his legs in that photo unless his thigh covered it up. I noticed during his last appearance in London he was really emphasizing that it was his last curtain call and saying “This is it!” numerous times. He started to say why but never told us. I wonder what was going through his mind when he said “because” and paused without finishing his sentence. He looked thin but not deathly ill. The world will never forget you Michael!

  7. Please help me settle a dispute in my family. I saw “This Is It” when it was shown in the 2-week limited run. I insist that I saw MJ sing “She’s Out of My Life”, a favorite MJ ballad of mine. My niece saw “This Is It” after the 2 week limited run and she and her son insist that MJ did NOT sing the song in the movie. Yes, the soundtrack in the CD, DOES include the song. I know what I saw and felt and heard and I even sang the song silently along with MJ while he was singing it. Is it possible that MJ sang that song only in the 2-week showing of the movie? Please put me out of my misery and tell me I’m not going nuts and that someone else agrees with me. Thx. Bee

  8. @ Bee: I’ve seen it twice, but I don’t remember him singing “She’s Out of My Life” in the film. The version on the CD was among the studio demos that were added on the second disc. I wonder if you are thinking of “Speechless,” which MJ sang acapella near the beginning of the film. It gave me chills.

    You’ll be able to settle this soon, because the DVD will be out in January. =)

  9. Thx, Brian, but as I said in my posting, I KNOW the song is on the CD — it’s the MOVIE soundtrack that I was questioning. I swear I saw and heard him do it in the movie (at least in the 2-week limited run) showin but nobody is telling me whether they heard/saw it during the movie’s 2-week limited run showing.


  10. Hi Brian,
    love the new theme, it looks gorgeous!
    Concerning my comment from last year, though, I have to correct myself. The picture of Michael on stage is not a composition, as I could see in the movie “This Is IT”. The missing S-curve is nothing but a door leading to the backstage area. Somehow it’s good to know that the concert pictures were not photoshopped after all.
    I just thought I’d let you know, because you’re such a dedicated Michael Jackson fan. Thanks for posting so many great MJ articles, btw ;)

  11. @ Anke: Great observation (again)! I would have never figured that out on my own, and would have continued to believe that it was ‘shopped.

    Is it possible that I’ve become an even bigger fan since MJ passed? I love him so much it hurts.

  12. @Brian: Well, I guess that’s perfectly possible. Given all the bullsh* the media told about him during his lifetime, I guess that all true MJ fans (gosh that sounds tacky) are very faithful anyway. Now, after his death, we just feel what a huge gap he leaves not only in the cultural life but also in our hearts.
    Sometimes I just talk to him. And I participated in “Thrill the World” because it’s such a great tribute. I’ll always love MJ.

  13. @ Anke: Glad I’m not alone in the talking thing. I tell him I love him pretty often. I have friends who believe that the deceased can feel the love that is directed towards them. I don’t know, but I figure it can’t hurt… and it feels good to verbalize my feelings anyway.

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