January : At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Michael (with Blanket and Dr Tohme Tohme by his side), meets an AEG delegation headed by Philip Anschutz, its billionaire founder, AEG’s chief executive Tim Leiweke, Randy Phillips, who heads up AEG Live and Paul Gongaware.
Michael signs a deal for 10 concerts in London next summer and he also accepts to submit to a rigorous medical check-up at his LA home.
January 06 : Dr Tohme Tohme confirms that Michael has leased a Bel Air mansion for $100,000 a month. Tohme Tohme says the pop icon wanted to be closer to “where all the action is” in the entertainment industry.
January 14 : Michael goes to see Dr Klein in Beverly Hills with Blanket.
January 30 : Christian Audigier visits Michael at his Bel Air home.
February 06 : Michael goes to see Dr Klein in Beverly Hills
February 07 : Michael goes to the Bel Air Hotel for a business meeting with Dr Tohme.
February 10 : Michael goes to see Dr Klein in Beverly Hills
February 13 : Michael hosts a party for Prince’s 12th birthday at the Bel Air home.
February 18 : The medias reveal that Michael is in secret talks with AEG Live to stage his pop revival with up to 30 dates at the O2 arena in London.
February 21 : Michael hosts a party for Blanket 7th birthday at the Bel Air home.
February 27 : Michael goes shopping with Christian Audigier in L.A.
March 01 : In an interview to hollywood.tv, Christian Audigier reveals that Michael is about to go to London to give a press conference next march 05 in order to announce a new tour next summer!
March 03 : Michael lands via private jet of Harrod’s owner Mohammed Al-Fayeds at Luton Airport, London around 2pm with Prince, Paris, Blanket and manager Dr Tohme Tohme.
They check in the hoyel Lanesborough, Park Lane.
March 04 : MJJ Productions, file a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on against Julien’s Auction House. It claims founder Darren Julien promised to send Michael an inventory of sale items, but that the singer hasn’t given permission to move them all.
The suit claims many of the items are “priceless and irreplaceable” and describes the attempt to sell them as “malicious, fraudulent, extreme, outrageous and without any legal justification whatsoever.”
MJJ Productions authorized the auction house to remove the items from Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, according to court documents, but not to sell them without Jackson’s permission.
March 05 : Michael announces his last concerts in London beginning on July 08 during a short press conference at the O2 Arena. The event named “This Is It” .
The touring deal with concert promoter AEG Live was arranged by a Colony Capital associate Dr Tohme Tohme who has been Michael’s manager and president of MJJ Productions for a year.
As part of the deal, AEG’s corporate parent, Anschutz Corp., agreed to invest in a pet project of Mr. Jackson’s, a 3-D feature film based on his song and music video “Thriller.”
People close to the singer say that he is eager to return to work. “Between Anschutz and us, he’s got plenty of capital,” said Tom Barrack, Colony’s chief executive. “He’s serious, he’s focused, he’s healthy and he’s listening.”
To obtain insurance for the tour, AEG arranged for an independent physician to conduct a five-hour physical exam of Mr. Jackson. “He passed with flying colors,” said AEG’s Mr. Phillips.
“For the first time in his life, Michael Jackson has people around him who believe in him and look after him,” said Dr. Tohme. “And are trying to help him and advance his career.”
March 06 : Michael goes to see the musical “Oliver” at the Royal Theatre in London with Prince, Paris, Blanket as well as Mark Lester and his children Lucy, Harriet, Olivia & Felix.
March 08 : Michael and his entourage fly back to Los Angeles.
March 11 : Pre-sale begins on Ticketmaster for Michael’s concerts. 40 dates are added.
Michael goes shopping in L.A.
March 13 : Tickets for Michael’s 50 live dates at London’s O2 arena sell out within 4 hours on Ticketmaster!
March 19 : Michael goes to see Dr Klein in Beverly Hills.
March 23 : Michael goes to his doctor’s in Beverly Hills with Blanket.
April 1 : Michael goes to the Bel Air Hotel for a business meeting with Dr Tohme.
April 3 : Michael hosts a party for Paris’s 11th birthday at the Bel Air home.
Grace attends the party and soon after she is “terminated” by Dr Tohme.
April 4 : Michael goes to Las Vegas where he and Kenny Ortega attend the show “Le Rêve” at the Wynn resort
April 9 : Michael goes shopping in Beverly Hills.
April 10 : Michael goes to the Bel Air Hotel for a business meeting.
April 13/14/15 : Auditions take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to select the dancers for Michael’s upoming concerts. Michael attends the final call back on the 15th along with his choreographer Travis Payne and creative director Kenny Ortega. They select 6 men (with 4 understudies) and 2 women (with 2 understudies) on a 2-year contract to perform “national” and “international” venues on the “This Is It” tour
April 14 : LOS ANGELES – A collection of Michael Jackson’s possessions from Neverland Ranch is safe from the auctioneer’s gavel now that the pop singer and Julien’s Auction House have reached a settlement to their dispute over whether 2,000 items were ever intended for sale.
Specific terms were not disclosed. But, in short, Jackson keeps his things, while Julien’s keeps its exhibition, which was open to the public and originally meant to promote next week’s sale.
“There was so much interest from so many of Jackson’s fans that instead of putting the items in the hands of private collectors, Dr. Tohme and Julien’s Auction House have made arrangements that will allow the collection to be shared with and enjoyed by Jackson’s fans for many years to come,” read a joint statement from Jackson spokesman Dr. Tohme R. Tohme and auction organizer Darren Julien.
Jackson’s production company, MJJ Productions, sued Julien in early March, seeking to halt the sale by arguing that Jackson hadn’t authorized it. A judge blocked one effort by MJJ Productions to cancel it earlier this month, and another was scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday for an injunction.
“I believe both sides are pleased with the resolution,” Julien said Tuesday by telephone.
Julien has said he spent $2 million organizing the sale, which another auctioneer estimated could have fetched $12 million after its April 22 start. The exhibition in Beverly Hills costs $20 to attend, and auction catalogues — a $50 single volume and $200, five-volume boxed set — were still selling, Julien said.
The statement also said MJJ Productions and Julien’s Auction House would be making a “substantial” donation to MusiCares to benefit artists in need.
Julien said all of Jackson’s possessions, which the auction house took directly from the Neverland Ranch property, would be returned to the pop singer. He would not say where they would be taken.
April 20 : Michael starts the rehearsals for the “This Is It’ concerts at Center Staging in Burbank, California with Kenny Ortega & Travis Payne. Michael Bush & Karen Faye are back in the MJ TEAM.
April 21 & 22 : Michael goes shopping in Beverly Hills.
April 27 : Michael goes shopping in Beverly Hills with Prince, Paris & Blanket.
The 2nd week of rehearsals begins at Center Staging.
May 4 : The 3rd week of rehearsals begins at Center Staging.
May 5 : Raymone Bain, Michael’s former manager and spokersperson, files a lawsuit in Washington D.C claiming breach of contract; quantum meruit and unjust enrichment and she asks for 44 millions $.
Dr. Tohme Tohme is officially terminated as Michael’s manager and disbarred from having any subsequent affiliation with him or any of his numerous established entities (including MJJ Productions and the newer MJJ Kingdom).
Michael hires Frank Dileo as his new manager.
May 11 : The 4th week of rehearsals begins at Center Staging.
May 12 : AEG issues a press release to officially announce Kenny Ortega as the show producer. Along with the press release is a new picture of Michael & Ortega during the rehearsals.
May 13 : Michael hires magician Ed Alonzo to work on the This Is It show.
May 14 : Michael, Prince, Paris & Blanket attend Katherine & Joe 60th wedding anniversary at Indian restaurant Chakra in Beverly Hillswith the whole family (Jackie, Rebbie, Tito, Jermaine, LaToya, Marlon, Randy, Janet and their children)
May 15 : Beverly Hills, CA, – In an official statement issued today The Jacksons (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy Jackson) have denied they were in any way involved with a proposed Jackson 5 reunion concert in Texas on July 3rd claimed this week by New Jersey concert promoters AllGood Entertainment.
According to The Jackson’s manager, Danny O’Donovan, The Jacksons, were never approached about participating in the purported Texas concert event with Michael and sister, Janet.
Michael attends a business meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel with his parents Joe & Katherine and his children Prince, Paris & Banket.
Later he goes shopping with the kids and also visits Dr Klein in Beverly Hills.
May 17 : Michael goes to an art festival in Beverly Hills with Prince, Paris & Blanket.
May 18 : A new video is premiered on http://www.michaeljacksonlive.com/ showing the dancers’auditions.
The 5th week of rehearsals begins at Center Staging.
May 19 : Michael visits American Idol’s rehearsals at to the Nokia Theatre.
Then he visits Dr Klein in Berverly Hills.
May 20 : Kenny Ortega and Randy Phillips announce in a press conference that the 4 opening shows have been rescheduled due to production.
The opening night is now July 13th.
In a letter signed by Michael, Leonard Rowe is preventing from working or speaking on his behalf.
May 21 : Michael visits Dr Klein in Berverly Hills.
May 25 : The 6th week of rehearsals begins at Center Staging.
June 01 : The 7th week of rehearsals begins. The team leaves Center Staging for a bigger place : The Forum in Inglewood, California
Michael visits Dr Klein in Berverly Hills with Blanket. The curls are back!
June 01-11 : In Culver Studios in Culver City Michael shoots The Dome Project which consists seven works: Smooth Criminal (Jackson inserted into classic 2D black-and-white film noir chase sequence); Thriller (3-D movie starting in a haunted house with a ghostly image of Vincent Price, then moving into a graveyard where the dead awaken); Earth Song (3D short film featuring little girl who wanders through rain forest, takes a nap and dreams of the splendor of nature, and awakens to find the natural world has been devastated); They Don’t Care About Us (a/k/a Drill, 2D film in which a sea of soldiers march in unison; 10 male dancers replicated hundreds of times); MJ Air (3-D movie in which a 707 jet pulls into the frame; hole was to open in screen for Michael Jackson to enter; jet flies away); The Final Message (3-D movie of little girl from rain forest embracing the earth); and The Way You Make Me Feel (2D theatrical background featuring male dancers fashioned as historical construction workers.
June 03 : Michael goes to Culver Studios with Prince, Paris & Kenny Ortega.
June 08 : The 8th week of rehearsals begins at the Forum.
June 09 : Michael visits Dr Klein in Berverly Hills.
June 15 : The 9th week of rehearsals begins at the Forum.
June 16 : Michael visits Dr Klein in Berverly Hills.
This week, local D.C. attorney Henry W. Asbill of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP appeared in court to represent Michael Jackson against the charges filed by Raymone Bain.
Also, three additional attorneys from the New York firm have been arranged to help work on the case pro hac vice (as they aren’t legally licensed to practice law in D.C.) alongside Mr. Asbill, including Frank C. Salzano, Donna L Gordon, and most notably L. Londell McMillan.
It is now expected that a response to the suit will be filed before the 10-day default notice is up–later this week, and that no default judgment will be awarded.
John Banca is re-hired as Michael’s lawyer.
June 22 : Michael & the TII team resume the rehearsals at the Staples Center in L.A.
June 23 : Michael’s rehearsals at the Staples Centers are filmed.
June 24 : Michael rehearses for the last time at the Staples Center.