The outrageous O2 residency that never happened Concert promoter and entrepreneur Randy Phillips had an insider’s view into The O2 London and its phenomenal draw as a live music venue.  “People love to go out there. It’s a pub culture in London,” said Phillips, CEO of Phillips Digital Media and head of AEG Live from 2000 to 2013. “I don’t think they ever want to go home. It’s where I sold out 50 Michael Jackson shows. Could I have done that anywhere else in the world? Probably not.” Jackson died in June 2009, just weeks before his eight-month residency was set to kick off, and he never played The O2.  At the point AEG Live (now AEG Presents) shut down ticket sales after the 50th sellout, there were 224,000 customers still waiting online to buy tickets. Phillips believes he could have booked up to 200 Michael Jackson concerts. “We sold […]
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