On Tuesday we were told that the public memorial service for the late Michael Jackson would be held this Friday July 3 on the grounds of Neverland Ranch but on Wednesday the Jackson family issued a statement denying reports that either a public or private memorial service would be held at Neverland. The family stated that a public memorial would be announced “soon”. RadarOnline.com now reports that the public memorial service/funeral for Michael Jackson will take place on Tuesday July 7 at 10AM PT at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA:
Michael Jackson’s family and advisors have finally made a decision on where to hold a memorial service celebrating the late singer’s life and career. It will be Tuesday, July 7 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively. The 20,000-seat venue is where Michael spent his last night. He rehearsed there for his upcoming London concerts, right up until midnight on June 24. Jackson died the following afternoon.
I’m also hearing that the adjoining Nokia Theater will also be used for the public funeral on Tuesday and that large screens will broadcast in the outdoor courtyard of the venue for the people who are not able to get inside either venue. Keep in mind that there has been NO official confirmation from the Jackson family on this latest report from RadarOnline but it would make sense that this would be the plan. The Staples Center is large enough to house a massive audience, it is easily accessible to so many people and it was the site of MJ’s last performance ever as he dress rehearsed for his planned This Is It Tour (on the night before he died of cardiac arrest in his home in Holmby Hills, CA last Thursday). Also, it is a way for AEG (the concert promoter who is losing MILLIONS now that MJ’s tour in the UK won’t happen and just so happens to own the Staples Center) and the Jackson family to sell tickets for the memorial. Take this report for what it’s worth … only a report. Until we get official confirmation, I’d hold off on making plans to attend this funeral service.