news seemed to indicate certain disaster. Ticket sales were
suspended at one point (and subsequent tickets sales were said to be poor),
there was trouble with
the line-up, and division between the Jackson family over the timing of the
event all contributed to reports branding it a non-starter.
But apparently no one had bothered to tell the fans. On Saturday afternoon,
there was a carnival atmosphere in the streets of Cardiff, Wales surrounding
Millennium Stadium, where over 40,000 fedora-wearing fans blew whistles and
danced to Michael's greatest hits, which blared from local pubs.
The party infiltrated the stadium, where Ne-Yo kicked off the show, announced
by a pyrotechnics display that blazed across the white glove-shaped stage -
reportedly the biggest rig used for a show in Europe.
British boy band JLS received the loudest screams of the night for "Blame It
On The Boogie," performed with Jacksons Marlon, Tito and Jackie. Other
highlights were from Cee Lo Green ("I