California, August 25 (TruthDive): Michael Jackson’s family announce up-coming tribute concert. Michael Jackson’s most of the family members last night unveiled plans for a tribute concert in Wales to the late King of Pop. The organizer of the Michael Jackson tribute concert is defending the event saying that they have the “overwhelming majority” of his family behind them.
The show, supported by Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson, will be held on October 8 in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium, which holds about 75,000 people. It will be broadcast live via satellite on pay-per-view television and into movie theaters around the world, some of which will screen it in 3D, according to promoter Global Live Events.
Katherine Jackson told reporters at the unveiling in Beverly Hills, California, that she is proud of the event and the caliber of singers performing. Artists confirmed to be taking part include Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Cee Lo Green, JLS, Alexandra Burke and Beyonce, who will perform via satellite.
Speaking to News beat about the controversy surrounding the concert, Alexandra Burke said: “I definitely think it should go ahead, but it’s not up to me. I think the family should decide amongst themselves.” She added: “I’ve got three weeks of rehearsals booked in [for the concert] because I’m trying to make sure I do these songs justice.”
It’s after opposition from Jermaine and Randy Jackson, who say the concert shouldn’t go ahead because it will clash with Conrad Murray’s trial. Michael Jackson’s former doctor is accused of involuntary manslaughter.
“There’s nothing in this. It’s not something to get excited about,” said Chris Hunt from Global Live Events. “The notion that an event which reminds people just how fantastic Michael Jackson was, what a loss he was to the world he is, what a great singer, a great performer he was, should be inappropriate – it doesn’t compute, it doesn’t make sense.”
Jackson’s brother, Jermaine Jackson tried in vain to mount a tribute concert in Vienna in 2009, but plans were scrapped after he struggled to get big-name acts and the event’s organizer went out of business.
Jermaine, Janet, and Michael Jackson’s father Joe, were not on hand at Monday’s announcement. Instead, Katherine was joined by family members, Tito, Jackie, Marlon and La Toya. Michael Jackson aged 50 while rehearsing for his This Is It UK tour, died in June 2009 of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic Propofol he used as a sleep aid.