LONDON - More than 750,000 Michael Jackson fans can get full refunds for the pop star's canceled 50-night "This is It" concert extravaganza - or opt to receive souvenir tickets instead, the promoters announced yesterday.
In a move that could help recoup some of its losses from the ill-fated tour, Los Angeles-based AEG Live said that fans could choose to receive the actual tickets, which it said feature graphics "inspired and designed" by Jackson himself.
Images of the tickets, complete with a 3-D effect, can be viewed on the Web site www.MichaelJackson Live.com beginning tomorrow, AEG said in a statement. Fans have until Aug. 14 to take the ticket offer.
For those opting for a refund, all service charges paid to authorized ticket sellers will be included, the statement said.
Fans spent more than $90 million on tickets, which were priced between $82 and $124, though some went for hundreds of dollars on Internet auction sites.
AEG Live may be counting on die-hard fans to want to hold onto their tickets as bittersweet reminders of what might have been - or to cash in later should they become collector's items. Many did just that after Elvis Presley died in 1977.