L.A. Braces For Huge Crowds At Jackson Memorial
July 6, 2009 at 3:05 AM (PT)
Authorities fear that up to 1 million fans will descend on LOS ANGELES TOMORROW (7/7) and wreak mayhem, even though only a tiny fraction of them will actually have tickets for the MICHAEL JACKSON memorial at the STAPLES CENTER -- which were being offered on EBAY for up to $20,000 late last night, reports THE NEW YORK POST. "Airlines and hotels have reported being in the grip of "Jackomania" as momentum builds for the big day among lucky ticketholders and wannabes.
"Adding to the frenzy was news that the 8,750 ticket winners, who landed two free ducats apiece, could peddle their extra one. Last night, several scalpers attempted to sell codes that can be used to pick up wristbands for both tickets to the service today. Many of the offers were taken down from the site. An EBAY spokesman did not return calls for comment.
"Local police YESTERDAY were building barriers around the center, and repeating their apparently unheeded advice to watch the event on TV.
"JACKSON died JUNE 25th at his rented L.A. mansion from a suspected overdose of painkillers. A judge YESTERDAY signed off on three more search warrants in the case, apparently to dig for more information on doctors who may have given Jackson drugs illegally.
"But the probe was far from the minds of his mourners, who were planning a send-off fit for the King of Pop. JACKSON's BFF and mentor, DIANA ROSS, may wind up kicking off the ceremony. And his idol, STEVIE WONDER, along with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JENNIFER HUDSON will perform, a source told THE POST. Longtime pal ELIZABETH TAYLOR reportedly will read the eulogy, while other guests may include WHITNEY HOUSTON, BEYONCÉ, JAY-Z, LIONEL RICHIE, LIZA MINNELLI and ARETHA FRANKLIN."