In what is sure to bring together music’s most gifted performers, the tribute concert for the late Michael Jackson will definitely be a star-studded event. “Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert”, which is slated for October 8, will feature acts like Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Smokey Robinson, Cee Lo Green, Craig David, JLS and more.
In addition to a-list performances, members of the Jackson family are sure to take the stage at the Wales Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this October. From the King of Pop’s mother and brothers to his nephews (sons of Tito Jackson), this tribute concert will be a family affair.
Understanding that all genres loved Michael, alternative rock band Alien Ant Farm has also been added to the bill for the four-hour event. According to promoters at Global Live Events, more artists will be added in the upcoming days. “This announcement is just the beginning, we have many more to announce,” Global Live Events executive Paul Ring said. “This concert will unite various generations and musical genres, reminding everyone of just how amazing a talent Michael was.”
Now that part of the lineup has been revealed, fans can begin “registering their interest for tickets” Thursday at http://www.michaelforevertribute.com/. A lottery will then determine which of Michael’s fans will be invited to purchase tickets. For more details on the concert, look for Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson to discuss plans for the event in a live broadcast on CNN Monday.
However, the entire Jackson clan is not in support of the concert. Jermaine and Randy Jackson have been very vocal about their distaste for the timing of the event. In a joint statement, the brothers said, “While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honors our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael’s death.”
“In light of this, we feel it is inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and its promoter, Global Live,” Randy and Jermaine Jackson said.
In a recently released statement, the Michael Jackson Fan Club shared the same views as the brothers. “We share their concerns that this concert is taking place at a most inappropriate time when everyone’s care and attention should be focused on the matter of justice. We believe that, as stated by Jermaine and Randy, the most important tribute we can give to Michael Jackson at this time is to seek justice in his name.”
While the opinions on the tribute concert are mixed between family and fans, the event is projected to be a success with a portion of the proceeds going to The Aids Project LA and The Prince’s Trust.
What artists are you looking forward to see hit the stage to pay their respect to the King of Pop? Do you agree with Randy and Jermaine, should the concert be postponed due to the ongoing trial surrounding Michael’s death?