Michael Jackson: This Is It (2009–10)
On March 5th, 2009, Michael Jackson announced that he would be staging 10 concerts at London's O2 Arena, his first significant live performances since the HIStory World Tour had concluded in October 1997. International demand for the concerts – originally slated to begin on July 8th – was so massive that an additional 40 shows were added at the venue; the dates were split into to legs, one running from July to September, and another running from early January to early March 2010. Jackson's record-setting comeback shows were expected to be uniquely over-the-top spectacles, with a career spanning set list abetted by lavish choreography, video projections and 3D technology. Sadly, Jackson would not live to perform any of the shows; on June 25th, the King of Pop died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest. Filmed during rehearsals for the O2 stand, the documentary film Michael Jackson's This Is It offers a tantalizing glimpse of what might have been.