Unveiling Secrets: Michael Jackson’s This Is It Tour Exposed a Decade After His Passing

The King of Pop had been due to commence an epic eight month residency in London as a ‘farewell tour’ in 2009 – but died two weeks before he was set to take to the stage

A choreographer who worked with Michael Jackson on his This Is It tour before his sudden death has shared details of the concerts that never got to happen.

Fans were heartbroken back in June 2009 when the King of Pop died from a heart attack caused by an overdose at his rented Los Angeles mansion.

The star had been due to kick off an eight month residency at the O2 in London just two weeks later with a proposed farewell tour.

And while the star never made it to the stage as he died before the series of gigs were due to start, details have been shared by choreographer Travis Payne.

Michael Jackson

Details of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It residency have been revealed (Image: Getty Images)

According to The Sun, Travis has told fans that Michael had planned to include a string of A List guest stars as part of his concerts.

And replying to one question by a fan, the 51-year-old dance expert said that Britney Spears was “100 per cent” among those that would have joined MJ in concert.

The Sun reports: “Fellow music icon Britney Spears was at the top of the singer’s list.”

While fans would never see Michael and Britney as part of this ill-fated tour, they had shared the stage together before.

Back in 2001, the pair sang together at Madison Square Garden in New York where they duetted on the track The Way You Make Me Feel.

Brit previously spoke about her experience of sharing the stage with her idol, saying: “It was just really an amazing experience. It was awesome.

“I was very honoured that he wanted to do this song with me.”

And following Michael’s death in 2009, she also hinted that she would have been taking part in one of his This Is It concerts.

She explained previously: “I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time, and I was going to fly in to see him.

“He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life, and I’m devastated he’s gone!”

Britney is about to be heard collaborating with another music icon – as she has teamed up with Sir Elton John on a new track.

The Baby One More Time singer has leant her vocals to a remix of Elt’s classic track Tiny Dancer – via a new tune titled Hold Me Closer.

Similar to Elt’s recent Cold Heart mash-up that was a chart hit for him and Dua Lipa, the new tune with Britney will see him blend his 1971 song and 1992 track The One.

The new track is due for release on Friday 26 August – and will be Britney’s first new song since the end of her conservatorship in November 2021.

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