Michael Jackson, after delaying the first four dates on his sold out UK summer tour, did not stall the show because he has skin cancer, but rather to "get the same quality in staging and level of entertainment," his promoter, AEG Live president Randy Phillips, said Wednesday.
"I would trade my body for his tomorrow," Phillips said. "He's in fantastic shape... he's not dying of skin cancer."
The shows originally booked for July 10, July 12 and July 14 will now be held in March 2010, according to AEG Live.
Kenny Ortega, the High School Musical choreographer who is working with the 50-year-old Thriller star on the 50-date engagement, said that starting the residency on July 8, as originally planned, "just wasn't practical for safety reasons and professional reasons."
"These choices were made purely based on the practical needs," Ortega said, "and the responsible needs of putting up a first class production."
Jackson's debut at London's O2 Arena will now begin July 13. (Photo: Fame Pictures)