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, Id 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 Irvins 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."