It appears that people listened, and stayed at home to watch the memorial service for the King of Pop.
LAPD estimates that there was a crowd of just 600 people outside the Staples Center.
CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy said there were less than 1,000 people outside.
Police was prepared to handle 250,000.
Three thousand LAPD officers were assigned to the memorial. That's more than were on hand for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
"The crowds have been respectful, orderly, there have been no issues," said LAPD Asst. Chief Jim McDonnell