Joe Jackson Wishes He'd Forced Michael To Quit Shows
MICHAEL JACKSON's father JOE JACKSON wishes he had forced the King of Pop to cancel his This Is It concerts last year (09) - because he knew the gigs would be "too much" for the frail star.
The Thriller hitmaker passed away last June (09), shortly before he was due to embark on a mammoth multi-date residency at London's O2 arena.
The Jackson patriarch was pushing for the concert run to be reduced or scrapped altogether and even stormed out of a meeting with the singer following an argument over the excessive schedule.
And Joe is full of regret because the angry exchange was the last time he spoke to his son.
He tells Britain's News of the World, "Michael told me he had signed for just 15 shows, but was doing 50, and it was too much in one go. I warned Randy that Michael would be pushed to the edge. I got angry and started shouting, but Michael and his mother just sat in the corner laughing out loud. Just like Katherine, he couldn't cope with confrontations. Randy said he would look into these things, but nothing ever happened.
"After that I left the room, and I said goodbye to Michael. I told him I'd speak to him soon - but I never did. It was the last time I saw him. I wish I had made him walk away from those shows. I knew he would never make them, but I never thought he'd die."