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The Michael Jackson Show is coming to London — and it might play for weeks.

The erstwhile King of Pop held a news conference Thursday in London to confirm a run of at least 10 concerts at the city's O2 arena beginning July 8.

"Thank you all … this is it," Jackson, 50, said from behind his trademark dark glasses. "These will be my final shows in London. … I'll be performing the songs my fans want to hear. … This is the final curtain call."

Tickets for the run, priced at £50-£75 ($70-$106), go on sale March 13.

AEG said the string of shows at the 23,000-seat hall might be extended if there is sufficient demand.

"I think you'll see 20, 25 dates at the O2," AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke said during his keynote Q&A session at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium in New York.

"The man is very sane; the man is very focused; the man is very healthy," Leiweke said of Jackson. "Despite everything you read about him, he was fine. The man took a physical for us to go do these concerts."

AEG Live president and CEO Randy Phillips said the physical, performed by independent doctors, took 41/2 hours.

Leiweke said it took time to get Jackson to agree to the deal. The singer has not released a studio album or played a full concert since 2001. His most recent major tour was the HIStory jaunt in 1996-97.

"We spent two years working with Michael, trying to get him comfortable with this," Leiweke said.

Phillips said AEG has a 31/2-year plan to work with Jackson.

"He could gross well over $400 million over the 31/2 years," he said.

Billboard correspondent Andre Paine reported from London; Billboard editorial director Bill Werde reported from New York. Reuters contributed to this report.
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