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Former Guns N'Roses guitarist Slash is the latest musician to sign onto the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute shows taking place Sept. 7 and 10 at New York's Madison Square Garden. "I am so excited about working with my dear friend Slash again," Jackson said in a statement. "He is a brilliant guitarist whom I really admire, and I look forward to having Slash perform with me again on these two special nights."
The pair -- who worked together on Jackson's 1991 album "Dangerous," as well as on Jackson's long-delayed new release -- are scheduled to perform "Beat It" and "Black & White" during both shows. "It's going to be a blast being onstage again with Michael," added Slash, who joins a cast that includes dozens of stars. "He truly is one of the greatest talents known. Michael is timeless, classic and resilient."
Tickets for the two shows -- which range from $45 to $2,500 -- went on sale today (July 31). At deadline, only a scant few remained for the first show, and only a limited number for the second, according to a source at the venue.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.