August 1992, over sixteen years ago, I attended my first concert.

Geographically speaking I grew up in a place which saw no bands come anywhere near which would perhaps explain why I was 15 before I saw anyone play live.

Music wasn’t a huge thing in my life early on so that probably had something to do with it as well - I was a Shakin’ Stevens fan for heavens sake!

In Primary 7, when I was about 10, our class headed off to spend a few days at a local outdoor activities centre where we went orienteering, etc.  It was the first time most of us had been away from home without our families so people had taken games and personal stereos along to while away the hours.  That was when I first borrowed some tapes from a friend and listened to Bad, and was when I became hooked on the music it contained and the artist who created it.

It was also the first step on the path to that day in August 1992 when I joined the queue at Glasgow Green to see Michael Jackson live.  If you are going to go to a concert, why not start off with the biggest one you can?

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Given his track record of releasing albums every 5 years or so, coupled with all the problems he’s had over the years meant that I thought that night in 1992 would be the one and only time I would see him perform in the flesh.

But, perhaps not now as he is about to announce later today that he is to put on at least 10 shows at The O2 Arena in London.

With the press conference looming, I’m looking forward to finding answers to a few questions, such as how much will the tickets be?  How will ticket sales go, will they be slower given his recent troubles?  What will the performances be like, will he put on as much of a show as last time?  Is he fit and healthy enough to put in the same amount of energy and effort into his performance night after night?

And ultimately, will seeing him perform as a 50 year old tarnish the memories of seeing him in his prime all those years ago?

There’s only one way to find out, when do the tickets go on sale…?