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Moonwalk1 Jacko at Live 8? Right here in the cradle of liberty?

A rumor with some legs.

Interviewed today in London, promoter Harvey Goldsmith confirmed Live 8 bigs would certainly consider adding Michael Jackson to the bill if the King of Pop approaches them. Jackson, of course, has recently found his schedule free, having been cleared Monday evening of abusing one of his young Neverland visitors.

According to the Guardian's news blog today, Goldsmith told Capital FM radio: "Whether it's appropriate or not is another issue, whether he's in a fit state to work is another issue, whether he can work is another issue and whether he can work live is another issue."

Whether we want to see him is another issue all together. People?

The Sunday Telegraph reported that the exonerated pop star was so frantic to play in Philadelphia on July 2 that he had right-hand man Frank Tyson write several letters to promoters on his behalf.

Already the bloggery is wondering Philly is the right place to do some rep rehab. On a site called Slack LaLane, Ace Cowboy muses:

If Jackson does sign up and the organizers sign off, I’d recommend the London gig in lieu of Philly. Citizens of Philadelphia have loudly booed Santa Claus, hometown hero and legend Mike Schmidt and pre-rape Kobe, they cheered Michael Irvin’s devastating injury and they threw batteries at J.D. Drew.

Something tells me the King of Pop should stay away from Philly.

This evening in England, Sir Bob Geldof told Sky News that a Live 8 performance might not be the best tonic for the pop star's restoration. He said he thought the star would be better off taking time out to "take stock." Said Sir Bob, "It would not be a wise thing to be ... where the whole planet is looking at you and you are on stage with the best artists in the world."

Ace Cowboy
Posted 06/14/2005 01:58:58 PM

Eh, I wouldn't trust that Ace Cowboy fella...he's an idiot. Thanks for the link, Philly rocks.

Frank
Posted 06/14/2005 04:36:15 PM

What did Michael Jackson say to his "little campers"? Wanna see some Live8?

John Poynton
Posted 06/15/2005 09:50:58 AM

The saddest thing about this whole Michael Jackson news coverage is that, according to one survey that I saw, about 1/3 of the channels on a cable network covered the verdict live. No one covered anything about the famine and death in Sudan, no one wanted anything to do with the terrible tragedy that is occuring there, yet this trial, which really affected just two families, was covered night after night by the media. Thousands of people are dying a horrible death and no one is paying any attention. That is a real shame. Is it because of the corporations that own the news media don't want to pay attention? Is it because it is poor people in Africa have little or no worth to the rich, developed world? One wonders. If Darfor was happening in the U.S. or Europe it would get plenty of attention. If the Sudan had oil, there would be calls for regime change. But a poor country in Africa can murder its citizens and it almost goes unnoticed.

John Poynton
Posted 06/15/2005 09:51:01 AM

The saddest thing about this whole Michael Jackson news coverage is that, according to one survey that I saw, about 1/3 of the channels on a cable network covered the verdict live. No one covered anything about the famine and death in Sudan, no one wanted anything to do with the terrible tragedy that is occuring there, yet this trial, which really affected just two families, was covered night after night by the media. Thousands of people are dying a horrible death and no one is paying any attention. That is a real shame. Is it because of the corporations that own the news media don't want to pay attention? Is it because it is poor people in Africa have little or no worth to the rich, developed world? One wonders. If Darfor was happening in the U.S. or Europe it would get plenty of attention. If the Sudan had oil, there would be calls for regime change. But a poor country in Africa can murder its citizens and it almost goes unnoticed.

Rep. Mark B. Cohen
Posted 06/17/2005 01:37:08 PM

Thanks for the link to From Hot Type to Blog. It's great to see reporters who love the craft of reporting so much that they continue, even after retirement, to investigate what is important in today's world. One of the tests of true professionalism is the ability to work without being paid, and these guys are true pros.

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