Despite a reportedly frosty relationship following a planned duet that never materialized, Madonna was desperate to join the late King of Pop onstage at the 02 Arena in London.
Dates were due to start in July, and Madonna was all set to be a special guest, according to her manager Guy Oseary.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Oseary says, "A month ago Madonna told me she wanted to do a surprise performance at one of Michael Jackson's UK shows."
Jackson was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center on Thursday after suffering a fatal heart attack.
The Material Girl, who is the same age as 50-year-old Jackson, became the female equivalent of the "Thriller" superstar as they were propelled to phenomenal levels of fame in the 1980s.
The pair accompanied each other to the 1991 Oscars, with Madonna dressed in full Marilyn Monroe attire, famously leading a less-confident Jackson down the red carpet.
Rumors even suggested that the pop supercouple were an item, but Madonna killed that story by romancing Warren Beatty.
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