Wednesday, July 1, 2009

MJ Unseen Footage

Sources have revealed that MJ's last tour rehearsal at Staples Center on Wednesday, the eve of his death, was recorded in multi-camera, high-definition video and multi-track audio, and may be released as a CD/DVD set. "We have a live album in the can," stated an official from AEG Live.

UPDATE on 03/07/09: Video footage from this rehearsal has now been released by AEG Live - see it here.

Randy Phillips, president of AEG Live, also told Sky News that he was "discussing with the family" the possibility of mounting the show in some form. Phillips stated: "I would imagine it could be done as a tribute with the family, with the brothers performing, some sisters, and the stars that were influenced by him. The world needs to see this production. It would have been, which is the tragedy here, one of the most amazing shows ever."

There have also been reports that shortly before he died, MJ made an elaborate music video production, currently known as 'Dome Project'. Shooting for the project lasted from 1-9 June, with Jackson on the set most days. The production comprised four sets, including a cemetery (recalling the famous Thriller video), jungle and building site where a dance scene was shot. Now in post-production, Dome Project is expected to be completed by 15 July.

Funeral plans are yet to be confirmed by the family, though it has been suggested that it may be held at the Neverland Ranch north of Los Angeles this weekend. It is also widely reported that MJ may lie in state for a public viewing at the ranch on Friday.

MJ in rehearsals for the London shows, 23 June 2009

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