Michael was fifteen when he played a series of shows at the MGM Grand in 1974, with his brothers as the Jackson 5. The group’s first tour in April 1974 was so successful, it broke attendance records, so that it spawned two returns later that year.
Michael continued to visit Las Vegas throughout his career and, shortly before his death, he contemplated buying a ten-acre estate here.
Instead, he will be memorialised here: Cirque du Soleil is creating a show dedicated to him that is scheduled to open at Mandalay Bay, in 2013. It follows on the heels of a Michael Jackson world tour show, which opens this fall.