- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An executive with a concert promoter says Michael Jackson’s memorial service will be Tuesday at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles — if that’s what his mother wants.

Randy Phillips, chief executive for AEG Live, which owns Staples and was Jackson’s promoter, says he met Thursday with Jackson’s brother Randy.

They discussed holding a public memorial Tuesday at Staples but Phillips says Jackson’s mother, Katherine, will have the final say.

Phillips says he’s hopeful Katherine will make her decision Thursday. He says AEG already has been discussing logistics with city officials.

A Jackson memorial would attract tens of thousands. Phillips says AEG will issue tickets and provide a simulcast on big screens outside the arena.

He says entry would be free, but he’s not sure how tickets would be distributed.

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