Despite objection from Randy and Jermaine Jackson and Michael Jackson fans, the organisers of the 'Michael Forever Tribute' concert insists that the "overwhelming majority" of his family are behind the gig.
Chris Hunt from Global Live Events said, “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.”
Brothers Jermaine and Randy say that Global Live has "mishandled" the booking as well as "misjudging" the event's timing. The pair insist the concert, which is set to be staged on October 8 at Cardiff's Millennium stadium, should be postponed as the event clashes with the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray who is is accused of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, who died in California aged 50 in 2009.
Despite a coalition of 35 fan communities writing an open letter to the organisers calling for the event to be cancelled Hunt continued, “I don't wish to be ungenerous to anyone. I have the greatest respect for Jermaine, who I've met a number of times...This concert will sell out either very quickly or quickly. We have no worries about it at all.”
Artists confirmed to be taking part include Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Cee Lo Green, JLS, Alexandra Burke and Beyonce, who will perform via satellite.