Washington, (ANI): Late michael jackson wanted Africa's Victoria Falls be recreated onstage during his 'This Is It" concert. The budget of Jackson"s London gigs shot up from 7 million dollars to 24 million dollars as the King of Pop tried to perfect his act. The popstar died in June, just weeks before the show. Randy Phillips, the president of promotion firm AEG Live, insisted the gig would have been spectacular, and expensive.
"The original budget was seven-and-a-half million dollars (and) I knew when we did the deal, knowing Michael, it would go to 10, maybe 12; by the time it hit 24, I was actually ready to jump off the balcony because we were running out of time, running out of money" Contactmusic quoted Phillips as saying.
"He said to us he wanted us to recreate Victoria Falls... We looked at each other and said, ''How are we gonna do that? We were able to talk him out of the waterfall," he added.
Story first published: Friday, October 16, 2009, 16:04 [IST]