Vienna Mayor Calls Intended Jackson Tribute Poorly Organized

Disappointed with the postponement of the Vienna-based tribute to late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Vienna Mayor Michael Haupl has come forward to call the event poorly organized. Speaking with the city’s council early this week, BBC says Haupl told the council the show would have been “interesting had it been properly prepared and organized, but it was not”. As previously reported organizers pulled the plug on the Jermaine Jackson led tribute after several performers disputed the fact that they were ever confirmed to appear. Originally set to take place tomorrow, September 26, the tribute show has now been pushed back to June of 2010. While it is unclear whether the show will take place in Vienna or in London, sources in London hope the show will be moved to Wembley Stadium. In addition to the event being poorly organized, sources tell BBC advertising had been pulled on September 11 and was the chief reason the show was canceled. “Vienna authorities had initially agreed to subsidize the tribute at Schönbrunn Palace and planned to give organizers 600,000 euros (£550,000) after city experts estimated the event’s advertising value to be around 35m euros (£32.1m). But the funding was pulled on 11 September when the concert’s organizers – led by Michael Jackson’s brother, Jermaine – failed to present the “top stars” promised to perform at the event,” reports BBC. In related news, tickets for ‘This Is It,’ a film featuring footage from Jackson’s planned ‘This Is It’ concert series at London’s O2 Arena, go on sale this weekend. The film premieres in theaters October 28.


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