Totally off the wall: Michael Jackson schedules shows at The O2 Arena in London

MJ After announcing that he would NOT be recording or touring as part of the Jackson 5 back in October of last year, and fending off rumors of ill health, Michael Jackson made a “special announcement” today at London’s The O2 Arena… a comeback tour of sorts.

He’s scheduled 10 shows in July of 2009 at the huge venue, his first scheduled performance since a number of years ago, when his career spiraled down a hole of child molestation charges, bankruptcy, and lawsuits.

Will he actually perform? It remains to be seen. The King Of Pop, with a surprisingly deep voice, announced “This is it. This is the final curtain call” while saying that these will be his last performances EVER in London.

Transcript below…“I love you so much. Thank you all. (Fans begin chanting ‘This Is It’ and Michael responds to this by chanting along with them) This is it. I just want to say these, these will be my final show performances in London. This is it, this is it and when I say “this is it” it really means this is it because erm…I’ll be, I’ll be performing the songs my fans want to hear. This is it, I mean, this is, this is the final curtain call okay? And, erm…I’ll see you in July and (Fans chat “We love you Michael!” I love you. I really do. You have to know that, I love you so much, really, from the bottom of my heart.

This is it and see you in July!”