Monday night should have been the first of Michael Jackson’s concerts at the Dome – instead, it became the first gap in the O2’s summer line-up. And, for many of his fans, the night that proved he’d really gone. About 300 were milling around in Peninsula Square when I passed through at 9pm – but it seemed a fairly aimless vigil; plenty still arriving at North Greenwich station when I got there, but without much of a clue of what to expect, or what to do.
It struck a jarring note for me – a couple of little groups gathered to sing and dance, and another group seemed to have the best idea of letting off a few black and white balloons. There seemed to be people who’d camped out all day for this. Maybe the people who organised it wanted it to be a celebration. It didn’t feel that way – it was probably what the gathering for last week’s memorial service should have been like. A reporter from Sky News tried to whoop up the crowd, but there were still too many sad faces around for it to be convincing. (See also Diamond Geezer’s view on all this.)
I wonder what’ll happen to all this memorial stuff? Will it be saved for the future? And will the fans be back for the other cancelled nights? If they spend cash inside the O2, its bosses may be hoping they are…
Return of the Jackson fans