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AEG Live Prez Testifies

10/25/2011 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

AEG Live President and CEO -- Randy Phillips Testifies
Updated 10/25/11 at 11:20 AM
Randy Phillips -- the concert promoter who bankrolled Michael Jackson's "This Is It Tour" -- told the jury, when AEG Live announced MJ's first 10 shows ... sales were through the roof.

Phillips said the demand for tickets was so huge, he called Jackson to see if they could add more shows.

Jackson agreed ... under 2 conditions... #1 --  he wanted a 16-acre country estate outside of London with streaming rivers and horses for the kids... and #2 -- he wanted reps from the "Guinness Book of World Records" present at the last 50th concert because he knew "it was a feat that no other entertainer could beat" (Prince currently holds the record  with 21 shows at the 02 Arena).

Randy's testimony could prove Michael Jackson was under extreme pressure to perform at the time of his death -- which eventually pushed the singer over the edge.

* Phillips told the jury when he first heard Jackson wanted his own personal doctor, he tried to convince the singer to hire someone in London, but MJ insisted on bringing Murray.
* Phillips said he had no idea there were issues with MJ's health until he got an email from director Kenny Ortega who told him MJ wasn't focused and was missing rehearsals.
* He then got a call from MJ's manager, Frank DiLeo, asking for a meeting to discuss MJ's health.
* During the emergency meeting -- held on June 20th -- Jackson assured Phillips he was ready to do the show ... telling him, "You build the home, and I'll put the door on it and paint it."
*  Phillips said there were no discussions about any drug use and that Ortega was happy with the MJ's response.
* Defense attorney Ed Chernoff  asked Phillips whether Jackson would have been responsible for any production costs had the tour been canceled ... Phillips answered, yes. But Chernoff was not allowed to get into the specifics. Earlier in the day, Judge Michael Pastor barred any discussion about the contract between AEG Live and Jackson noting, "This is not a contractual dispute. This is a homicide." Murray's lawyers were hoping to introduce the contracts to show that Jackson had more than just his reputation at stake.


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Michael Jackson was a pharm junkie pro for over 25 years. Knew every trick in the book. Different Dr.s, scripts under different names.

Just look at what he did to himself. Murray had nothing to do with that.

Jackson, was a great entertainer, hell yes. That was many years ago. Jackson hasn't done so much as a single concert let alone a tour in over 12 years. Jacksons HisStory tanked.

Lot's of stories all over of Jackson being very heavily in debt. Jackson needed money. As always a come back tour. This is it tour, Jackson got his demands met, made sure he had his own 'personal'physician' (I guess there are no Dr.s in London) and missed rehearsals. Michael Jackson knew he was in no shape. Hell he couldn't make rehearsals.

Jackson knew more about propofol then Murray did. Jackson was doing propofol since the '80s, he needed a new clean Dr. with clean scripts and Rx# that wouldn't be flagged.

Enough of the crap. Jackson wanted propofol and got it. No way Jackson could do this in a legit hospital. setting.

Hello Dr. Murray. If not Murray would have been someone else.

Jackson just so happened to finially belly up. Jacksons body finially gave out. Murray didn't kill Jackson. Michael Jackson has been killing himself for years. Jackson just so happened to belly up on Murrays watch. The manslaughter charge.

If Jackson didn't die, Jackson would still be doing the same stuff and maybe it would have been another Dr..

1060 days ago


50 shows with breaks in between are not that's not like he was going to perform 50 shows in a on top of the other. there were breaks involved.

I actually had the pleasure of seeing him in concert..there WILL never be another who truly one could feel the energy. A truly gifted man. truly touched and broke barriers..

Janet and her stupid concerts do not even compare

1060 days ago


U2 Top Forbes’ List Of Highest Earning Musicians
By Live4ever
Posted on 17 Jun 2011 at 5:09am

U2 have topped the list of the highest earning musicians of the past twelve months, according to Forbes magazine.

Thanks largely to their massive grossing 360... world tour, the Irish supergroup raked in £121 million last year, comfortably ahead of second placed Bon Jovi, who made £78 million.

Elsewhere, veterans Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney have both continued their enduring successes, placed at #3 and #6 respectively. Popstar Justin Bieber is the youngest person to make the list, with earnings of £33 million enough to secure the no.9 position on the rundown.

Top Ten:

1. U2: $195 million (£121 million)
2. Bon Jovi: $125 million (£78 million)
3. Elton John: $100 million (£62 million)
4. Lady Gaga: $90 million (£56 million)
5. Michael Buble: $70 million (£43 million)
6. Paul McCartney: $67 million (£41 million)
7. The Black Eyed Peas: $61 million (£38 million)
8. The Eagles: $60... million (£37 million)
9. Justin Bieber: $53 million (£33 million)
10. Dave Matthews Band: $51 million (£31 million)

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Michael Jackson top earning dead celebrity
Cover MediaCover Media – 16 hours ago

Michael Jackson has been named the highest earning dead celebrity.

The King of Pop died two years ago from acute Propofol intoxication but his legacy has lived on and he has earned more dead than in the recent years before he passed away.

Forbes magazine have released their list of the year’s Top Earning Dead Celebrities and have placed Michael in the number one spot with an income of $170 million.

Elvis Presley came in second with $55 million, thanks in part to the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis

Marilyn Monroe made a surprising entry at number three with $27 million. The glamorous 50s icon has not been on the list for a while.

An upcoming biopic of the star may have increased interest in the late actress. My Week With Marilyn starring Michelle Williams is due out next month.

Michael is actually the second highest earning pop act, dead or alive, coming in just behind rock band U2.

Top Earning Dead Celebrities – October 2010 to October 2011

1. Michael Jackson - $170 million Musician Died: June 25, 2009 at age 50

2. Elvis Presley - $55 million Singer, Actor Died: Aug. 16, 1977 at age 42

3. Marilyn Monroe - $27 million Actress Died: Aug. 5, 1962 at age 36

4. Charles Schulz - $25 million Cartoonist, creator of the "Peanuts" franchise Died: Feb. 12, 2000 at age 77

5. John Lennon - $12 million Musician Died: Dec. 8, 1980 at age 40

6. Elizabeth Taylor - $12 million Actress Died: March 23, 2011 at age 79

7. Albert Einstein - $10 million Scientist Died: April 18, 1955 at age 76

8. Theodor 'Dr. Seuss' Geisel - $9 million Author of the famed "Dr. Seuss" children's books Died: Sept. 24, 1991 at age 87

9. Jimi Hendrix - $7 million Musician Died: Sept. 18, 1970 at age 27

10. Steig Larsson - $7 million Author of "The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" series Died: Nov. 9, 2004 at age 50
© Cover Media

1059 days ago

Dose Of Reality    

Sorry, even if I was a fan, I couldn't get on the "greatest entertainer ever" bandwagon. Here's a dose of reality fans don't want to take let alone believe.

For one thing, his "massive" tours only came around every 8 to 12 years, so you can't say he was a prolific performer. Also, as many current "pop" performers, his shows were chock full of backing tracks, lip syncing etc., so don't thing every syllable is 100% live. When you are part of a huge, expensive production with lots of breaks for the star, you tend to look better.

You say he was a musical genius but don't forget, he had the best lyric and music writers, musicians, producers and performers at his disposal with unlimited studio time and budgets. Dancer? Yep, had the top choreographers and backup dancers too. You look better as part o*****roup and those people are there to make you look better, it's their job. I'll withhold my comments about the karate moves and constant crotch grabbing that became more and more prevalent over the years.

He wasn't always the "artist" and performer he was in the mid eighties and hasn't been for a long time. Sorry but don't lie to yourselves.

Fans will make comments about 70,000 seat shows. Have you ever been to a show that big? It's really only good for about a quarter of the people at best. The sound is lousy and if your lucky, you're looking at a giant pixelated screen and not the back of someone's head. At best, you give in to the fan hysteria.

I'd like to see what he would come up with walking into a studio with 3 or 4 musicians and an engineer with only two weeks to put together an album. Then perform it in a small club with only those musicians and a rudimentary PA and no more effects then a little reverb or echo. That's the reality most musicians live with, even the biggest groups started out that way. I won't even go into their touring environment and schedule.

Now as far as AEG, I'll say most promoters are the sc*m of the earth. They are ruthless and don't care about anything but the money they can make. Not the quality of performance or the performers themselves. It is, after all, a business, a cut throat one where at least 100 people are ready to jump on the opportunity if you fail in the slightest. Like I said before, I wouldn't be surprised if they told a doctor to do whatever they had to do get someone on stage, on time for every scheduled performance because every cancelled show costs a ton of money.

1059 days ago


As much as we all know MJ was an addict, and he set the stage for this himself, does not absolve Murray of criminal wrongdoing. For people who think that it does, then I guess you also think that people that hire a hitman to kill themselves, absolves the hitman from be convicted for murder. The defense is grasping at straws. Almost every witness they have put on either didn't prove anything, or ended up working well for the prosecution. It doesn't matter how much pressure MJ was under, nor does it matter what other drugs he took, none of that changes what Murray did and what he did for money. That's the bottom line.

1059 days ago


1970 The Jackson 5 First National Tour May 2, 1970 – December 30, 1970 (United States) circa 50

The Jackson 5 embarked on their first ever tour on May 2, 1970. The brothers performed in US states cities such as Boston, Cincinnati and New York City, and broke venue attendance records along the way. One concert scheduled for Buffalo, New York had to be cancelled due to death threats being made on Michael Jackson's life. 9,000 fans were refunded as a result.

1971 The Jackson 5 Second National Tour February 2, 1971 – October 15, 1971 (United States)

The five brothers' second US tour featured 40 performances in US cities such as Philadelphia, New York and Milwaukee. The Commodores, led by Lionel Richie, opened for the five quintet.

1971-1972 The Jackson 5 US Tour December 27, 1971 – October 5, 1972 (United States)

The siblings visited venues in circa 50 cities during their third tour of the US.

1972 The Jackson 5 European Tour November 2, 1972 – November 12, 1972 (Europe) 8

The brothers' 12-day tour of Europe had them break attendance records previously held by The Beatles. During the tour, the band performed for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

1973-1975 The Jackson 5 World Tour March 2, 1973 – December 1975 (Worldwide) over 160... concerts during a 3-year period
The quintet's first world tour was undertaken in two years, during which the brothers visited Japan, Hawaii, the United Kingdom, South America, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and the West Indies.

1976 The Jackson 5 Final Tour February 13, 1976 – February 19, 1976 (Philippines)

1977 European Tour May 1977 (Europe) Exact number unknown
The Jacksons performed in France, Germany, Holland and the UK during their two-and-a-half-week tour of Europe. In the latter country, the brothers sang at a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II.

1978 Interim Tour January 22nd - May 13th, 1978 (United States and Europe) Exact number unknown

The Jacksons' Interim Tour brought the siblings to fans in the US and Europe.

1979-1980 Destiny Tour January 22, 1979 – September 26, 1980 (Worldwide)

The Destiny Tour accompanied The Jackson's 1978 Destiny album. The brothers toured 80 US cities and played several dates in France, Holland, Switzerland, Kenya and the UK. Several of the concerts from the tour had to be cancelled because Michael Jackson became sick with the flu.

1981 Triumph Tour July 9, 1981 – September 26, 1981 (United States)

Hailed as one of the greatest live shows of the 1970s and 1980s by Rolling Stone, the Triumph Tour grossed $5.5 million and became one of The Jackson's most successful tours. The brothers performed in 36 US cities, including Memphis, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California, where the band concluded their tour with four sold-out shows.

1984 Victory Tour July 6, 1984 – December 9, 1984 (United States and Canada)

The Victory Tour began shortly after the release of The Jackson's Victory and Michael Jackson's successful Thriller album. The five-month tour was of the US and Canada, and served as Michael's last as lead singer of The Jacksons. The 55-performance concert series was attended by more than 2 million people, and grossed in excess of $75 million—a record at the time.

Michael Jackson

1987-1989 Bad World Tour September 12, 1987 – January 27, 1989 (Worldwide)

The Bad World Tour was Jackson's first solo concert run. Beginning in Tokyo, the tour lasted for 16 months, during which Jackson visited 15 countries and performed to over 4 million people. Seven sold out shows at London's Wembley Stadium attracted more than half a million people—including Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales—setting a new world record for playing more dates at the stadium than any other artist. The Bad World Tour was later recognized as the most-highly-attended and highest-earning tour of all time, having grossed over $125 million.

1992-1993 Dangerous World Tour June 27, 1992 – November 11, 1993 (Worldwide)

The 69 concert dates of the Dangerous World Tour attracted almost 3.5 million fans. The extravagant staging of the set for the concerts took near three days to set up; 20 trucks of equipment were shuttled on cargo planes to countries around the world. Stressed from having child sexual abuse allegations levelled against him, Jackson cut short the remainder of his tour.

1996-1997 HIStory World Tour September 7, 1996 – October 15, 1997 (Worldwide)

The HIStory World Tour was Jackson's last. Beginning in Prague, Czech Republic on September 7, 1996, the concert series attracted more than record breaking 4.5 million fans from 58 cities in 35 countries around the world. It is the most attended tour of all times by any artist. The average concert attendance was 54,878. The HIStory World Tour concluded in Durban, South Africa on October 15, 1997.

2009-2010 This Is It July 13, 2009 – March 6, 2010 (London) (Cancelled) 50 (all cancelled)

This Is It was a planned series of fifty concerts by Michael Jackson to be held at The O2 arena in London. They were scheduled to begin in July 2009 and continue through to March 2010. However, with all concerts sold out, Jackson died less than three weeks before the first concert date. Originally only 10 concerts were announced, but the tickets were sold out in less than an hour and the public demand for tickets resulted in 40 more concerts to be added, resulting in 50 concerts in total. In light of Jackson's passing, AEG Live offered either full refunds to all ticket holders or a special souvenir ticket designed by the entertainer. Additionally, Columbia Pictures acquired the footage of the show rehearsals and made a concert film entitled Michael Jackson's This Is It, which was released on October 28, 2009 for two weeks.

1059 days ago


Oh BnB

Stop trying to act like you have any knowledge because your posts are proof that you are completely lacking in that department.

I have seen Michael in concert and I have been to numerous stadium concerts where the attendence was well over 90,000. All were excellent and had no problems with sound or anything else. So I don't know where or how you come up with your statements regarding venues of that size.

Now in response to your other claims that MJ was only what he was due to the assistance of others. Bullcrap! MJ was a "prolific" dancer, lyracist, composer and poet. Guess you never heard of his book Dancing the Dream.

And you can't claim that MJ could not have done something just because he never did. Just another ridiculous azzumption on your part.

1059 days ago


Katherine Jackson May Not Be In LA For Dr. Conrad Murray VerdictKatherine Jackson May Not Be In LA For Dr. Conrad Murray Verdict
Posted on Oct 26, 2011 @ 03:00PM print it send it
Splash NewsBy Jen Heger - Radar Legal Editor

Katherine Jackson probably won't be in Los Angeles when a verdict is announced in the Dr. Conrad Murray case, is exclusively reporting.

Michael Jackson's powerhouse attorney, Tom Mesereau told us during Radar Live on Wednesday, that he was going to be with the Jackson family matriarch in London next week for the premiere of a do***entary about the King of Pop's life.

"I will be with Katherine in London next week with my law firm partner Susan Yu, Katherine, Tito, Rebbie, we are going to be in London for the premiere of David Gest's brilliant and wonderful do***entary about the life of Michael Jackson. It's called Michael Jackson: The Life of An Icon and we will all be there for that premiere, so we will probably be in London when there is a verdict," Mesereau said.

PHOTOS: Key Players In The Trial Of Dr. Conrad Murray

"I went to a private premiere of his film, a private screening, of his film a few months ago in Los Angeles at Universal Studios and it's one of the most brilliant, kindest, most sensitive do***entaries about Michael Jackson ever and when I went to see it I was wondering if it was going to be new material or had I seen everything, and I was so moved by this wonderful do***entary. It goes through Michael's ups and downs...I'm glad Katherine will be there for the premiere because it's a very positive piece about a brilliant, wonderful, kindhearted human being that all of us loved," Tom asserts.

Watch The Trailer of Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon

Mesereau successfully represented Michael Jackson during his 2005 molestation trial in Santa Maria, California. The do***entary will cover the ups and downs of the singer’s complex life, and include interviews with Katherine Jackson, Tito and Rebbie.

PHOTOS: The Jackson Family Arrives To Dr. Conrad Murray’s Trial

Dr. Conrad Murray's defense is expected to wrap up it's case by Friday, and final arguments could be heard on Monday.

As previously reported, Murray broke down in tears as his best friend and patient testified on his behalf on Wednesday morning.

If convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, Dr. Murray could face up to four years in state prison.

PHOTOS: Michael Jackson Through The Years

You can watch the trial live, here, on

1059 days ago


Michael Jackson Tops List Of Forbes Top Earning Dead CelebritiesMichael Jackson Tops List Of Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrities
Posted on Oct 26, 2011 @ 12:00PM print it send it
WENNBy Radar Staff

Michael Jackson has been named the highest-earning dead celebrity of the past year.

The late Thriller hitmaker - who died in June 2009 aged 50 - has topped Forbes' annual list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities for the second consecutive year after his estate brought in $170 million between October 2010 and October 2011 from sales of his music and his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog.

The estate of the Beat It singer - whose earnings dropped from $275 million 12 months ago - is set to take half of the profits from the Cirque du Soleil theatrical production Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, which started earlier this month.

PHOTOS: Michael Jackson Through The Years

Elvis Presley's Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis helped him to second on the list with a posthumous fortune of $55 million in the past year, and the estates of Beatles legends John Lennon and George Harrison - who placed fifth and 13th respectively - also benefited from similar productions.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor - who died in March - made her debut in the list, appearing in joint fifth after making $12 million, while the late actress' estate will earn more money this year when her jewels, artwork and gowns go up for auction on December 16.

PHOTOS: Stage Shots of Michael Jackson Performing

Iconic actress Marilyn Monroe placed third on the list, while Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was ranked fourth.

Full list of Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrities:

1. Michael Jackson - $170 million

2. Elvis Presley - $55 million

3. Marilyn Monroe - $27 million

4. Charles Schulz - $25 million

5. John Lennon - $12 million

5. Elizabeth Taylor - $12 million

7. Albert Einstein - $10 million

8. Theodor Geisel - $9 million

9. Jimi Hendrix - $7 million

9. Stieg Larsson - $7 million

9. Steve McQueen - $7 million

9. Richard Rodgers - $7 million

13. George Harrison - $6 million

13. Bettie Page - $6 million

13. Andy Warhol - $6 million

1059 days ago


* Phillips said he had no idea there were issues with MJ's health until he got an email from director Kenny Ortega who told him MJ wasn't focused and was missing rehearsals.
* He then got a call from MJ's manager, Frank DiLeo, asking for a meeting to discuss MJ's health.
* During the emergency meeting -- held on June 20th --
there's nothing quite like health care recommendations from a choreographer/director. all the concern in the world and no action whatsoever to save the life of someone they were so concerned about. Murray followed this pattern to the letter.
Since this was on the convenient was it that Nurse Lee stated that Michael, or security or someone who knew her well called her on the 21st demanding propofol.......remember now, murray is providing propofol every night already....right?
....there's no honor or common sense among these liars and thieves.

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