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Jacko to sing from beyond grave

The late singer's This Is It show is being planned to take place at The O2 arena, where the Smooth Criminal singer had sold-out a 50-night residency - on August 29, the day of Michael's 51st birthday.

music Updated: Jul 09, 2009 20:46 IST

London is hosting a huge Michael Jackson tribute concert next month to celebrate the late pop star's 51st birthday.

The late singer's This Is It show is being planned to take place at The O2 arena - where the Smooth Criminal singer had sold-out a 50-night residency - on August 29, the day of Michael's 51st birthday.

A life-like hologram of the 'King of Pop' will be projected on stage and perform parts of his planned set to fans accompanied by the backing dancers he had been rehearsing with before his death last month.

It is also believed the pop star's children - Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11 and seven-year-old Prince Michael II, also known as 'Blanket' - will take to the stage for the grand finale with Michael's brothers and sisters, like they did at his Los Angeles memorial.

'Britain's Got Talent' singer Shaheen Jafargholi - who performed 'Who's Lovin' You?' at the ceremony - has been asked to sing a 'Jackson 5' medley, taking on the vocals Michael performed as a youngster for the planned show.

AEG promoter Randy Philips - the man behind Michael's O2 residency - says it is important everyone gets to see what would have been an "amazing show".

Earlier this month, he said: "The world needs to see this production. It would have been - which is the tragedy here - one of the most amazing shows ever, so at some point we want the world to see that. The sooner the better."

Meanwhile, a popular Los Angeles tourist attraction will be renamed from Universal CityWalk to Universal Moonwalk.

From 7 pm this evening, the entertainment centre will be transformed into a huge Michael Jackson tribute party, featuring outside screenings of movie The Wiz - which Michael starred in - and the music video for Thriller.