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July 2nd, 2009
08:14 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Jackson Rehearsal Caught on Tape

Michael Jackson is shown rehearsing at the Staples Center on June 23, two days before his death.
Michael Jackson is shown rehearsing at the Staples Center on June 23, two days before his death.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we'll play for you the last known video of Michael Jackson shot two days before he died.  CNN got the video from Jackson's concert promoter, AEG Live. It  was recorded at his last full rehearsal at LA's Staples Center. Jackson appears healthy as he danced and sang "They Don't Care About Us", a song from his HIStory album.

Anderson is reporting live from Los Angeles again tonight. He'll share with you his interview today with Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG. Phillips saw Jackson in his last rehearsal Wednesday night. He told Anderson that Jackson was a "healthy, vibrant human being" hours before his death. "He put his arm around me, and with that soft voice of his he whispered in my ear, 'Thank you, we're going to get it there together. I know I can do this.'"

Anderson also spoke with Jackson's show director, musical director and choreographer. All three have amazing insight on Jackson's final hours. The "King of Pop" was scheduled to return to the arena for another rehearsal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, two hours after he was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center.

Tonight, we also have new insight on the memorial service that will take place Tuesday morning at the Staples Center. The arena has 20,000 seats.  We're also working our sources to find out when his funeral will take place.

There are also legal developments tied to Jackson's death. We've learned that a judge has delayed for a week, until July 13, a hearing to decide if Jackson's mother will remain the temporary guardian of Jackson's children.  Will the mother of Jackson's two oldest children, Debbie Rowe, try to get custody of them? Do you think she should? Share your thoughts below. Randi Kaye will have that story for you tonight.

In other news, a U.S. soldier has been abducted in southeastern Afghanistan. He's being held by a notorious militant clan, a senior U.S. military official said. Here's what's been pieced together: The American soldier and three Afghan soldiers were first captured by low-level militants who then quickly "sold" them to the clan. Nic Robertson will have the latest on military mystery tonight on 360°.

And, on a lighter note, don't miss tonight's shot. Wait 'till you see what a sea lion was caught doing in Southern California. We could put this in our infamous category of "Amazing Animal Video."

Join us for all this and much more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!


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  1. Dave Bissonnette

    Micheal was a pure entertainer that touched alot of people's hearts and filled their souls with his wonderful music and passion . I hope he's at peace paradise and not feeling so alone anymore!! God bless his soul and has his rightful place with the like of the King of rock and roll Elvis Presley,James Brown the Godfather of Soul and now the King of Pop! Boy! I can't imagine that concert in heaven!!WOW!! God bless you Michael and your children and Family!! Peace my brother!!

    July 3, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  2. Sue Beauchamp

    A letter to Michael, I will always miss you, I came all this way from Denmark to be closer to you and now you are gone forever, you will always be in my heart, I grew up on you and your music, enjoy your time in heaven and I will see you up there.

    RIP Michael until next time we meet.
    :)

    July 3, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  3. Nancy

    Michael might be gone in the physical sense, but...Michael will live on Forever and Ever, within our hearts and thoughts. He is unforgettable in many aspects of life. He is now resting in peace in the Hall of Fame within our Heavens.

    July 3, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  4. Nancy

    I think that ANYONE in the Medical Profession that gave and/or prescribed Michael ANY medications Just because Michael Wanted It (just because of Michael's fame) without any true diagnosis for treatment should have their licenses and certifications pulled for life and banned/barred from the medical profession totally. They contributed to his early death, enabled Michael with his drug abuse and are responsible for his early death. No different than the M.A.D.D. organization making bartenders, and of people with alcohol serving licenses responsible for serving that "one for the road" alcoholic beverage when knowing the person was already intoxicated that brought cause ending up in a deadly DUI vehicle accident.

    July 3, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  5. georgy

    it doesnt take an expert in body language to recognize what Michael Jackson had to say during his show, first of all, that the show must go on, to whichever cost, it is true that he was vibrating, however what I sensed was that he was a shallow happyness for coming back to the the old scene, but aware that it was going to be his last show, that was already a sad sign from the beginning he carried on.
    I understand that we love Michaol Jackson the way we had known him, a young pop star with some controversial doings, which I always felt it was all a gimmick to make publicity of his artistical life, and now we wont accept any negative image of him, even post death, because we want to remember him dancing and singing as ever, but stop being hypocritical to speculate on his conditions, just to save who really deceived him for his own profit, he had better stay home and let his creditor dies instead.

    July 3, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  6. Tiggs

    This is for Jo Ann....

    Lady how old are you????my 5 year old son cried when we saw the News about Michael on TV...you have some nerves coming on here and writing that BS.....turn your TV off and then you wont see the Coverage.....

    The King of Pop.....

    we are grateful for his Music, A gentle soul. A man of pride...

    God was looking for one more great Angel so he called on Michael...

    Michael your in Heaven ..God knows no color and now your in good Hands...

    Michael.....
    I hope that you can teach the other Angels some of your moves so they can Rock with you all night.......

    you will always be missed .....

    God Bless you.....

    July 3, 2009 at 7:15 am |
  7. Sherri

    Hi. I am new to the board. I grew up with Micheal' s music . Debbie Rowe keeps saying she wants HER childern. They were not her childern. They belonged to Micheal. He was their mother and father. Anyone can give birth to a child. But, for someone to take the child and love and take care of him or her makes a parent. Debbie even quoted she never wanted the childern to call her mom. They need to stay where they feel love and can still feel some closeness with their dad.

    July 3, 2009 at 6:39 am |
  8. Mary-Anne Inok

    Micheal was really the greatest, he had a captivating stage presence that holds you spellbound. He was in great shape and it would truely have been a spectacular show. It really is a tragedy. Unbelieveable seeing him so full of life and energy. God bless his soul, there'll be none like him ever. As for Debbie, I think it's really unfortunate that at the time Micheal's family and children are dealing with this great and unforseen loss, she dares to add to their pain and anxiety, without the decency of even allowing the funeral to take place. I mean Micheal is not even six feet under yet, and to think she was paid for her services, and now wants to take advantage of this unfortunate circumstance. The children don't even know her, I wonder how this can ever be in their best interest. Unfortunate that even in death, Micheal is still being sort out by people who should know better, seeking to take advantage of his name, fame and fortune. Can we all wake up and have a conscience.

    July 3, 2009 at 6:07 am |
  9. flamie

    I never really new
    much about him. To tell u the truth when I found out about his tragic
    death he was the only thing on tv and all his great music
    and
    videos caught my attention. Now I see why he was the king of pop.He was so
    awesome and trust me there will never be another michael Jackson and he will never die he'll always be in my heart with or along with his
    music.....!:).

    July 3, 2009 at 5:56 am |
  10. chocolate thunder

    I love your show,I love CNN,I love Micheal Jackson,but Micheal has a song thats fit the the moment . The song is GONE TO SOON .Please look this up and play it please on your show.

    July 3, 2009 at 5:36 am |
  11. Patricia

    I find sadness that such a gifted artist was taken away too soon in our lifetime. He touched many generations and I wonder how our reality would have differed without his presence. It was wonderful to have his music, artistry displayed in my lifetime, but the many peculiarities of his life ranged from sad to bizarre. He was human. Bottom line. Are not all active seeking minds beyond the norm. But I find the media affected world perception of the man on many levels – catapulted him to stardom but also tore his life apart, as did the many pressures and the lawsuits. I am curious to know whether the boy who is now adult who stated Jackson molested him was actually telling the truth, sad and horrifying if Jackson did, but also sad and tragic if Jackson did not as it effectively ruined his career. Regardless, I have yet to hear those who actually knew him say a negative comment about Jackson. I grew up along with the Jackson boy in to a man as I was born a year earlier, and his influence was in my life throughout my life. I can put aside the bizarre as I sit and listen to his music – his contribution to music cannot be denied. I hope he is in a peaceful place. If he accomplished one act of kindness he gave what wasn't there before. One act of kindness and compassion from each and every person on this earth could change our generation and the perceptions of our young as we raise them to caretake the earth when we are gone.

    July 3, 2009 at 4:42 am |
  12. Brian

    Michael is asleep and awaiting the resurrection.

    John 5:25-30
    Revelation 21:4

    It is my hope to be there to greet him and welcome him back. Right here on earth.

    July 3, 2009 at 4:17 am |
  13. Cindy

    For those that feel Michael Jackson's mother is too old to have custody of children please think about this. Do you realize that in this country alone there are millions of grandparents raising their grandchildren? The average age is 65 years old. Either the parents or parent has died or Child Protective Took the children away from unfit parents. Please realize that we are more than capable of taking care of our grandchildren and in many cases will do a better job than the parents ever would have. So now are you going to tell all these grandparents that have been raising their grandchildren for years and many more to come that they can't do it because they are too old? Give me a break. Grandparents can love their grandchildren even more than the parents and BECAUSE they are older they have more experience and patience to raise them.

    July 3, 2009 at 4:11 am |
  14. karen rabion costa

    I came from a life of abuse, And as i was growing up m.j. gave me hope to keep going on! I Loved his music keeped me going! I danced to it every day!!I Loved you m.j..May you R.I.P for ever I only wish people would have let you know it befor you died! You will alway be in my heart!!!Karen Rabion costa

    July 3, 2009 at 3:53 am |
  15. Debbie

    A great man.. a great entertainer. Will be missed by young and old.

    July 3, 2009 at 3:25 am |
  16. angela

    omg. i totally agree with jeniffer.. who ever does not want to watch the MJ coverage dont watch cnn!
    there are some of us out here that enjoyed and loved his music and him! and some of us are hurting by his death! im only 19 yrs old but i loved his music and him! when i heard the terrible news on the radio on the way to school i broke down into tears, on the free way. i just couldnt believe that he was gone!at all still seems surreal!!
    i was watching his last rehersal right now when anderson cooper showed it and MJ seemed fine, great energetic! full of life and happy to be doing this concert! this concert would have been the perfect come back for him!! i still dont understand it all just still does not make sense!! i want to know how to be part of getting one of the 11000 tickets for the service! i was a faithful fan of his! i still cry when i hear the news talk ab this horrible tragic event! i still cant understand how he can be gone to soon!! and left 3 beautiful kids behind!! nothing makes sense! there is something missing!

    July 3, 2009 at 3:04 am |
  17. barbara baskerville

    He willalways be my. King of pop.rip love always.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:48 am |
  18. Raul Cantu

    Hey mr. cooper. Thank you for reportinng al we need to know about M.J. thanks to you he will always be remember.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:42 am |
  19. Mary

    If I was Michael Jackson's kid, and my dad that I loved died,I would want to be with my mom. I would hate to see these kids split up, but one kid would be easier for a 80 year old woman to take care of than 3 kids. I think it should be the kids choice who they live with. They are old enough to tell the judge what they want.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:41 am |
  20. penny

    I think the best tribute would be for them to edit the footage shot most recently impose MICHAEL on a big screen and let the dancers do their routines along with the footage-Instead of him being live, everyone that bought tickets can still enjoy what they missed – With todays technology, it can be done. Call it The MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE TOUR so all around the world the legend lives on! Maybe even sell more dates.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:31 am |
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