Jacko to turn UK pad into child-friendly replica of Neverland RanchJune 8th, 2009 - 11:44 am ICT by ANI
London, June 8 (ANI): Michael Jackson has ordered his comeback tour bosses to turn his new UK abode into a replica of his former residence-Neverland Ranch-which he vacated in 2005.
The King Of Pop is renting the historic Foxbury Manor in Chislehurst, Kent, throughout his record-breaking 50-night residency at the O2 in London.
And the 50-year-old star has asked firm AEG to build a bowling alley in the 15million pounds country estate, and install a fully-functioning funfair in the grounds.
Jacko’s London run kicks off on July 13, by which time all the modifications will have taken place.
Last month, Jacko angered thousands of fans by postponing the original opening night of July 8 by five days, and moving the three following shows to March 2010.
“Michael is quite particular. He’s missed living in Neverland since debts forced him to get rid of it four years ago,” the Sun quoted a source as saying.
The source added: “He thinks he can recreate a bit of its magic in Kent and concert bosses are happy to indulge him. He loves bowling, so has insisted an alley be created and he’s never lost his love of funfairs, so has demanded one be built in the grounds.”
The ‘Thriller’ hitmaker’s child-friendly retreat, Neverland Ranch, was built in 1988 in Santa Ynez in California.
Jackson was forced to sell it four owing to the burden of his debts, which kept on spiralling as he defended himself from child abuse allegations.
The source added: “Michael will be bringing his kids with him throughout the run. Prince Michael, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II are all under 12 years old, so should really enjoy all the rides and amusements their father will provide for them.” (ANI)
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