AEG unveil strategy

Promoters AEG Live has revealed further details of possible refunds for those who bought tickets to see Michael Jackson in the O2 Arena.

Michael Jackson's death has left music fans in mourning. Dying at a tragically young age, the star was on the verge of beginning a series of concerts in the O2 Arena which many felt would launch him back into the public gaze.

For too long Jackson's career had been submerged under controversy and media speculation. Earlier this year the singer announced a series of dates in the O2 Arena, with fans expecting a typically lavish show.

Capturing the public's imagination tickets sold out at an astonishing rate. Promoters AEG Live added extra dates, until Michael Jackson was left facing a mountain of fifty concerts in the venue, stretching into 2010.

Almost immediately problems arose. Jackson warned fans that he felt unable to complete the dates, stating that he never agreed to such a lengthy run. The opening nights of the residency were cancelled to allow the singer more time to work on his act.

Fans reacted furiously, and promoters AEG Live were besieged with angry complaints. With the death of Michael Jackson the ticket company face an enormous army of fans, who will be expecting a refund.

Now it seems that AEG Live have a plan. Fans will be able to have a full refund if they bought the tickets through authorised sellers such as Ticketmaster, Viagogo, See or Ticketline.

However fans who want a permanent memento of the would-be occasion can opt to have the actual tickets they would have received sent to them. The tickets were originally designed by Jackson was come printed with a special hologram.

Photos of the ticket can be viewed HERE from tomorrow. The offer remains valid until August 14th.

"The world lost a kind soul who just happened to be the greatest entertainer the world has ever known," Randy Phillips, President & CEO of AEG Live, said in a statement. "Since he loved his fans in life, it is incumbent upon us to treat them with the same reverence and respect after his death."

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