Michael’s timeline : 2008

Early January : Michael offers radio hosts Big Boy and Fuzzy a preview of “Thriller 25th” in the Las Vegas recording studio The Palms in the presence of Blanket, Will I Am and Peter Lopez.

Michael rehearses with Lavelle Smith for the upcoming Grammy Awards. But soon after the performance is cancelled.

Michael works on a Pepsi commercial featuring the Thriller dance for the upcoming Superbowl half time ads.

January 7 : Michael takes Prince, Paris and  Blanket to Madame Tussaud’s was museum in Las Vegas.

January 12 : Michael and the kids attend the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur in L.V.

Mid January : Michael Amir aka Brother Michael arrives in Las Vegas and steps up as Michael’s new personal assistant. Nation Of Islam takes over Michael’s security.

Michael and the kids leave the Palms and move to a rented house on Palomino Lane, Las Vegas.

January 26 : Michael accepts an award celebrating the 25th anniversary of Thriller in a pre-recorded video message aired during the NRJ Awards ceremony on French TV network TF1.

February 11 : The Thriller 25th Anniversary Special Edition is released in Europe.

February 12 : The Thriller 25th Anniversary Special Edition is released in the US.

February 13 : Michael hosts a party for Prince’s 11th birthday at their Vegas home.

February 20 : Birth of Bryce Connor Jackson, first child of Taryll & Breana Cabral.

February 21 : Michael hosts a big party for Blanket’s 6th birthday with Grace, Aileen, Brother Michael at their Vegas home.

March 20 : Birth of Delore “Dee Dee” Dior Jackson, daughter of TJ & Frances.

March 26 : Michael, Prince, Paris and Blanket are having lunch at Planet Hollywood inside the Miracle Mile Shops in Las Vegas

April 3 : Michael hosts a party for Paris’ 10th birthday at their Vegas home.

April 23 : Jermaine introduces Dr Tohme Tohme to Michael.

Early may : Dr Tohme calls Tom Barrack to wire $23 million in order to save Neverland from foreclosureIn exchange Barrack and his company Colony Capital receive 50 percent ownership of Neverland.

May 16 : Michael takes Prince, Paris and  Blanket to see “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” at Brenden Theaters (Palms/Las Vegas).

May 23 : Michael attends French stylist Christian Audigier’s 50th birthday party at Petersen Automotive museum in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, where he meets French singer Johnny Halliday among others.

June : Michael and producer Neff-U start working on songs at this 2710 Palomino Lane home studio in Las Vegas. They work on a new version “A Place With No Name”.

Michael is very upset when “Hold My Hands” leaks online.

June 3 : Michael has dinner with Thomas Barrack Jr, chairman and CEO of Colony Capital LLC, at the Las Vegas Hilton’s Verona Sky Villa.

June 6 : Michael takes Prince, Paris and Blanket to see “Kung Fu Panda” at Brenden Theatres (Palms)

Late June : Michael hires Dr Thome Thome as his new manager and president of MJJ Productions.
As a result of a financial reorganiation of the Neverland Valley Ranch, all of Michael’s personal belongings have o be removed from the property.
Dr Tohme R Tohme contact Darren Julien of Julien’s Auction House.

July 7 : Michael is spotted in Las Vegas leaving a bookstore and being pushed in a wheelchair by an assistant, while Prince, Paris and Blanket walk with a security guard.

July 29 : Michael attends a performance of Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with Prince, Paris & Blanket.

August 07 : Michael’s manager Dr Tohme sign an agreement with Julien’s Auction House on behalf of Michael in order to remove all his personal belongings from Neverland while simlutaneously arranging for an auction of certain selected items that were no longer desired by Michael.

August 16 : Michael goes to 40-40 Club (Palazzo) in Las Vegas for the third time in a month.

August 26 : Michael attends a performance by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Prince, Paris and Blanket.

August 27 : Michael goes to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

August 28 : Michael gives an interview by phone to Good Morning America from his home in Las Vegas.

August 29 : Michael celebrates his 50th birthday with Prince, Paris and  Blanket in their Las Vegas home.
Colony Capital reaches out to AEG Live to discuss a possible new tour for Michael.

September : After 3 years as their private teacher, Aileen Medalla bids farewell to Michael and the kids and leaves Las Vegas to go back home to the Philippines.

September 4 : Janet presents Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Randy with the lifetime achievement BMI Icon Award in Beverly Hills.
Following the acceptance of the icon award, the Jackson brothers posed on stage for photos with father Joseph, mother Katherine and sisters Janet, LaToya and Rebbie. Michael and Jermaine do not attend the presentation.

September 10 : Michael and the kids have dinner at Benihana at the Las Vegas Hilton.

September 23 : During a phone conversation with friend and spritual advisor June Gatlin, Michael confides his fears about his new manager Dr Tohme.

October 20 : Michael and the kids leave their Las Vegas home and check in at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles.
Michael has a meeting at the Bel Air Hotel with Dr Tohme and Randy Phillips to discuss a new tour with AEG.

October 29 : Michael takes Prince, Paris and Blanket to an Halloween party in L.A.

Michael visits Elizabeth Taylor at her home in Bel Air.

October 30 : Michael takes Prince, Paris & Blanket to Borders Library in Westwood.

Michael’s spokesperson, Dr. Tohme, in response to recent rumors regarding Michael’s participation in a Jackson 5 reunion, has issued the following statement from Michael Jackson:”My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them. I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon.”

October 31 : Michael meets with Dr Tohme and Randy Phillips at the Bel Air Hotel to talk about the AEG deal.

Michael takes the kids to an Haloween party at Natalie Maine’s house (the singer from the Dixie Chicks) They were invited by Veronique Peck.

November : Michael sets up a recording studio in his Bel Air Hotel suite to work on tracks with his longtime musical engineer Michael Prince. Michael records vocals on “Days In Gloucestershire”, “Best Of Joy”, “I Was A Looser” ou “Hollywood Tonight”.

November 10/11 : Michael leaves notes to the fans from the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles saying that he’s working hard on “music, film and performance”.

November 11 : Michael has given up title to his Neverland ranch, transferring the deed to a company he partly controls.The singer filed a grant deed on the ranch that makes the new owner an entity called the Sycamore Valley Ranch Co. LLC, a joint venture between Jackson and an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC,Colony Capital is a Los Angeles-based real estate investment company run by billionaire Tom Barrack. It owns several properties in Las Vegas, including the Las Vegas Hilton.

November 17 : Day 1 of Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa VS Michael Jackson trial in London. Michael’s lawyers ask for him to give evidence by video link from the U.S., citing an unspecified medical condition.

November 18 (Day 2) : Testimony of Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

November 20 (Day 3) : Michael’s lawyer Robert Englehart tells the judge on that the doctors have cleared Michael to travel to the UK so that he can testify.

November 21 (Day 4) : Testimonies of Grace Rwaramba, Guy Holmes and Mark Stewart.

November 23 : Michael cancels his trip to London upon learning that his legal team has reached a settlement with Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s lawyers.

November 27 : Michael celebrates Thanksgiving with Prince, Paris and Blanket at their new home. A $38 million Holmby Hils estate rented for $100,000 a month on Carolwood Drive. The pad has seven bedrooms, 13 baths, 12 fireplaces, a screening room, a guest house, a swimming pool and a garden.

November 28 : Michel spends time with his fans Robert and Talitha in a suite of the Bel-Air Hotel.

December : Tom Barrack and Dr Tohme Tohme convince Michael to accept a concert deal and they contact Randy Phillips from AEG Live in oder to start negociations.

December 14 : Michael is spotted wearing a Zorro mask while shopping in Los Angeles.

December 20 : Michael is spotted wearing a Zorro mask while visiting his Dr Arnlold Klein, his dermatomogist’s office in Beverly Hills.

December 22 : Michael Jackson’s official and sole spokesperson, Dr. Tohme Tohme, in response to recent rumors regarding Michael’s alleged medical condition, has issued the following statement:
“Concerning this author’s allegations, we would hope in the future that legitimate media will not continue to be exploited by such an obvious attempt to promote this unauthorized ‘biography.’
The writer’s wild allegations concerning Mr. Jackson’s health are a total fabrication.
Mr. Jackson is in fine health, and finalizing negotiations with a major entertainment company & television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances.”
SOURCE: Scoop Marketing

December 24/25 : Michael celebrates Christmas eve with Prince, Paris and Blanket and their guests Dr Arnold Klein and Carrie Fisher in their new Holmby Hils home.

The golden gates of Neverland are removed and put into storage in an nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of Los Angeles as part of a public auction next April 2009. More than 2,000 items, ranging from personal effects and costumes to pieces from Michael’s private art collection as well as fittings and furnishings from his Neverland ranch, will be up for sale at a four-day public auction at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

December 31 : Michael is spotted at Hennessey and Ingalls a Santa Monica bookstore.
He then visits Dr Klein in Beverly Hills.

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