Photos: Michael Jackson's rehearsal at Staples Center
Images have just been released showing Michael Jackson at one of his last rehearsals for what was to be his upcoming 'This Is It!' tour at the O2 Arena in London. The pictures below were taken just days before his death on June 23 by Getty Images photographer Kevin Mazur.
L.A. Times reporters Chris Lee and Harriet Ryan wrote an earlier story about Jackson's rehearsal. Here's an excerpt:
At Staples Center Wednesday night, the performer did a full run-through of his planned comeback concert. He and his company -- dancers, musicians, singers, aerial performers, choreographers and costumers -- planned to fly to England early next week for final dress rehearsals at London's O2 Arena, the site of the pop superstar's 50-night sold-out run.
By lunchtime Thursday, Jackson was in cardiac arrest. But in Staples Center's spotlight, he was in high spirits and totally engaged, according to a number of his collaborators. Energetic, optimistic and focused, Jackson gave no indication of what was to come, they said. The show's director, Kenny Ortega -- a journeyman choreographer and movie director whose career highlights include "High School Musical," the "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" and "Dirty Dancing" -- began work with Jackson on the intricate staging four months ago. On Thursday, Ortega recalled Jackson as bursting with enthusiasm and personally invested in the production's most minute details.
-- Jevon Phillips
Photos: Kevin Mazur / AEG via Getty Images
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