London Lite Friday, 3 July 2009 circus elephants will lead stars bling casket at funeral Bubbleshas gotadouble by GeorGina littlejohn ....inaxxxxxx MostWanted This weeks fastest selling tickets... 1 Backstreet Boys, The O2 (10 Nov) 2 Pearl Jam, The O2 (18 August) 3 The Killers, Royal Albert Hall (Sun & Mon) 4 Taylor Swift, Wembley Arena (23 Nov) 5 Lady GaGa, below, Brixton Academy (14 July) 6 Beyonc, The O2 (14 & 16 Nov) 7 Andrea Bocelli, The O2 (24 Sep) 8 U2, Wembley Stad. (14 & 15 Aug) 9 Tiesto, Victoria Park (31 July) 10 Green Day, The O2 (23 & 24 Oct) Chart compiled by Seatwave are Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor and Sir Paul McCartney. President Barack Obama has also reportedly been invited and last night he spoke for the first time about the singers death. He said: I still have all his stuff on my iPod. I grew up on his music. He added that he thought Jackson had experienced a tragic and in many ways sad personal life. Afterwards, there will be a private ceremony at Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood for family and close friends. But Jacksons friend and producer Quincy Jones said he would not be going. He said: No. Im not going to the funeral. Its not what I want to see. Bubble trouble: the good chimp in Florida Inspired: Jackson at James Browns funeral in 2006, where he saw an identical gold casket 02 to make a profit out of souvenir tickets: page 31 MICHAEL JACKSON is to be buried in a gold coffin. The King of Pops funeral will feature a circus-style public memorial service led by elephants. His coffin, a rare 15,000 design called the Promethean, is made of solid bronze but is 14-carat gold-plated with a hand- polished mirror finish and lined with velvet. It was ordered last night from Americas Batesville Casket Company and is identical to the coffin used to bury soul singer James Brown in 2006 -- which may have inspired Jackson after he saw it when Brown lay in state. Jacksons send-off on Tuesday afternoon will begin at the LA Lakers basketball teams home court, the Staples Centre. He rehearsed there for his planned comeback concerts at The O2 just two days before his death, and 11,000 tickets will be distrib- uted free to the general public. Jackson died from a suspected heart attack last Thursday, aged 50. Up to one million people are expected to gather at the venue, with giant screens erected outside. The memorial will feature perform- ances and tributes from a host of music and acting legends and will open with a parade of circus animals, including tigers and elephants -- part of LAs annual Parade Of The Elephants. The parade, devised by The Ringling Bros Barnum And Bailey Circus, was already scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning. When asked in 2002 what he thought his funeral would be like, Jackson said: Its going to be the greatest show on Earth. Thats what I want. Fireworks and everything. Among the guests expected to attend Jackos coffin of gold THE riddle of the two Bubbles may have been solved. Animal sanctuaries in Los Angeles and Florida had both claimed to be the home of Michael Jacksons former pet chimpanzee. But it has now been suggested that there are two chimps called Bubbles -- and both belonged to the singer. It had previously been thought that Bubbles lived at the Bob Dunn sanctuary in Sylmar, California, until 2004, when he was moved to the Centre For Great Apes on the east coast. But Mr Dunn said this week that the animal still lived with him. Bubbles I, who lives in Florida is said to be a good, well-adjusted chimp. Bubbles II, who lives in LA with Mr Dunn is the ape which was removed from Jacksons Neverland ranch for being too aggressive and throwing faeces at visiting Japanese children. One report said that Bubbles II has been told of Jacksons death, while Bubbles I remains in the dark. Resting place: Jacksons 14-carat gold-plated send-off H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html