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Michael Jackson’s three biggest albums to be performed with a live orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones


Bob Riha Jr./Getty ImagesOn Sunday night, legendary producer Quincy Jones won his 28th Grammy, more than any other living artist.  What can he do for an encore?  Well, the 85-year-old music-industry giant is preparing to present some of his best-known work in a whole new way.

Jones is teaming with London’s O2 arena to present three of Michael Jackson‘s biggest albums — 1979’s Off the Wall, 1982’s Thriller and 1987’s Bad — back-to-back, live with a symphony orchestra.  Jones, who co-produced the albums with Michael, will conduct the orchestra, and will be joined by a number of yet-to-be-announced special guests.

In addition to conducting, Quincy will host the event, which will also feature previously unseen footage of the making of all three albums.

The show will take place June 23, with tickets going on sale this Friday, February 15.  Notably, the performance will be held two days before the 10th anniversary of Jackson’s death.

As you may recall, prior to his death, MJ had announced that he was going to do a residency at the O2 arena called This Is It, which was to have featured him performing a total 50 shows at the venue in 2009 and 2010.  Sadly, those concerts never took place, because he died a month before the series of events was to have begun.

The concert film This Is It was based on footage of the rehearsals for the residency, which experienced record-breaking ticket sales — every one of the 50 dates sold out.

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