The likes of Marlon Brando, Britney Spears and Liza Minelli appear at the star's Madison Square Garden show - but it's the self-styled King Of Pop who everyone's come to see...

MICHAEL JACKSON celebrated 30 years as a solo artist at the first of two star-studded concerts in NEW YORK over the weekend.

At the show, which took place Friday (September 7) evening at the famous Madison Square Garden venue in the city, the performance was split into two halves.

At the first, Jackson remained in the audience accompanied by close friend Elizabeth Taylor, and watched as contemporary stars performed classic Jackson tracks. Highlights included Usher, Mya and Whitney Houston opening the show by performing ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”, while Liza Minnelli sang ‘You Are Not Alone’ accompanied by a choir.

Later in the evening Britney Spears performed her new single ‘I Am A Slave 4 U’ accompanied by Jackson, who in turn was joined on stage by his brothers for the first time in almost 20 years for a medley of Jackson Five hits.

The show, for which fans have reportedly paid thousands of pounds for a ticket, climaxed with a solo Greatest Hits set, which included ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Black Or White’ and ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and forthcoming single ‘You Rock My World’. The latter was the only new material played.

According to press reports, the event took a bizarre twist when actor Marlon Brando, who is rumoured to be appearing in the video for ‘You Rock My World’, appeared on stage. The actor started to speak about child poverty, to which he was booed until he announced he was to give funds to a children’s hospital in Florida, when he received a standing ovation.

Jackson returns for a second performance in New York this evening (September 10), while his new album ‘Invincible’ is released in the UK on October 29.