After recently announcing that KISS would take stage at Michael Jackson’s upcoming tribute concert, promoters had to drop the legendary rock band from the line-up after a plethora of fan complaints.
Jackson’s dedicated fans were appalled by KISS’ addition due to comments made about the late entertainer by bassist Gene Simmons in the pass. Following Jackson’s acquittal in 2005 for molestation charges, up to days before his untimely passing, Simmons’ was outspoken against the pop king. Simmons previously said to Classic Rock Magazine: “Well, you know, where there’s smoke there’s fire. There’s no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt.”
In statement to Billboard.com Global Events Live CEO Chris Hunt said: “Under the circumstances, we fully agree that even though Kiss is a band Michael admired, we have no choice but to rescind our invitation for them to appear at our tribute concert.”
Brother Jermaine Jackson, who doesn’t support the tribute concert due to its timing, slammed organizers over the disaster.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “I’m appalled as all fans (are) that Global Live booked an artist like KISS after all Gene Simmons had said about Michael. It doesn’t matter (that) KISS’ invitation is revoked. This mishandling reinforces my view that this promoter is getting it all wrongâ¦”
The “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.