Michael Jackson to build robot replica in Las Vegas?

Controversial king of pop considers club residency

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson has plans for a 50-foot robotic replica of himself to be sited in the Nevada desert just outside Las Vegas.

The plans are a part of a promotional assault on the city should the singer land a semi-permanent show there, according to the New York Daily News.

Mike Luckman, of media consultants Luckman Van Pier, said: "It would be in the desert sands. Laser beams would shoot out of it so it would be the first thing people flying in would see. Neon is wonderful, but it's old school."

The robot was designed by Andre Van Pier, who has also produced a sketched stage set of a gargantuan video game with human cyborgs controlled by the audience. Commenting on the designs, Luckman said: "Michael's looked at the sketches and likes them."

Jackson has reportedly bought a house in the gamblers’ paradise, and met with various hotel owners about a residency show at a club or hotel similar to that performed by Celine Dion.

Howeever, the star's main focus is on his next album that is currenltly being produced in Las Vegas with Rodney Jerkins, will.i.am and Neffu. Some tracks apparently featuring him rapping. It would be his first LP since 2001's 'Invincible'.

Jackson’s PA Raymone Bain said: "He hasn't made up his mind about whether a Vegas show is on the cards for him. He's been in the studio since November working on his music. He's been presented with various proposals. A Vegas show isn't a priority.”

Read More On This Artist

Michael Jackson Merchandise
More News
Alt-J score Number Four album in America and announce Madison Square Garden show
First batch of Glastonbury festival tickets sell out in 14 minutes
Fleetwood Mac play full gig with Christine McVie for first time since 1997
Jamie T covers Townes Van Zandt's 'Waiting 'Round To Die' - listen
Eddie Vedder releases a cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine'
Cloud Nothings unveil 'New Here In' video – watch
45th anniversary release of 'The Velvet Underground' to include previously unreleased LP
Prince performs alongside Kendrick Lamar to mark double album release
Ryan Adams covers Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' - listen
Stevie Nicks shares new song 'Mabel Normand'
Crowdfunder campaign to bring Foo Fighters to Cornwall raises nearly £100,000 in two days
Darlia to headline Club NME KOKO Halloween Ball
BBC Radio 1 and 2 play too much mainstream music, claims Radio Centre study
Midweek chart update: Jamie T on course for Number One position
David Bowie teases album artwork for 'Nothing Has Changed'
NME readers vote Arctic Monkeys best headliner at this year's festivals
Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
Metallica's Lars Ulrich 'immensely inspired' by U2 iTunes giveaway
Aphex Twin says he believes in the Illuminati and that September 11 was an 'inside job'
Johnny Marr says he makes 'outside music' concept to combat 'weedy, mopey shit'
BBC Four to show Foo Fighters documentary 'Sonic Highways'
Paramore's Hayley Williams accuses One Direction of copying New Found Glory

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today