AEG releases Michael Jackson's last rehearsal footage

AEG releases Michael Jackson's last rehearsal footage

AEG releases Michael Jackson's last rehearsal footage

Michael Jackson rehearsing at the at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where it is now rumoured a fan memorial will be taking place July 7

The video, shot two days before Jackson's death, shows the pop star in great spirit as he performs his signature moonwalk and spins.
In the clip, Jackson is seen dancing next to a guitarist and leading eight backup dancers in a choreographed march on his hits like 'Billie Jean' before shifting to a performance on the song 'They Don't Care About Us', CNN reported.

The clip was shot at the Staples Center arena in Los Angeles on June 23 and ends with a voice off stage saying, "Hold for applause, hold for applause ... fade out."

Randy Phillips, AEG's chief executive, said Jackson was energetic and excited about his comeback performance and after a rehearsal on June 24.
"Thank you, I know we're going to get it there together. I know I can do this," Phillips recalled Jackson's word after his last performance.

It was just few hours before Jackson was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead on June 25.
"All I know is that the Michael Jackson that hugged me and said 'goodnight' was a healthy, vibrant human being about to undertake the greatest undertaking of his life," Phillips said yesterday.

"And something happened between 12:30 when he left us and the morning when I had to rush to the hospital when I got the first call."
Phillips said that they proceeded with the rehearsals only after a doctor, hired by the tour's insurance carrier, examined Jackson and gave him the green light to continue.
"He examined Michael for about five hours at his house and I think they went somewhere for some other tests. We are obviously not privy to the patient-doctor relationship with that information, but the insurance broker told us that he passed with flying colors," he said.
The death of the pop icon, just weeks before his much publicised comeback, shocked the entertainment world and his fans, who were looking forward to his sold-out shows in London from July 13.
"He was just like a kid in the candy store because he was seeing his vision come alive," said Dorian Holley, the vocal coach for Jackson's band, about the last rehearsal.
"He was just full of jokes, full of life," Holley said adding that the pop star was due to be back at rehearsals again at 4:30 p.m. on the day of his death.
Toxicology reports will determine the cause of Jackson's death, which are expected to take four to six weeks.

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