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Trouble For The Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

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Several Michael Jackson fan clubs have publicly condemned the tribute concert!

Say what??

The event, Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert, which is set to take place Oct. 8th in Wales’ Millennium Stadium, will have artists like Christina Aguilera, Ne-Yo, Cee-Lo Green and Smokey Robinson. The problem is that the concert is so close to the start date of Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trial.

Some of the family feels it’s disrespectful to have the concert take place while the trial is still going on. Jermaine and Randy Jackson, two of Michael’s brothers, have issued statements denouncing the concert.

"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."

Gary Taylor, owner of an 80,000-person M.J. fan club, feels the same, saying:

"Staging the concert during his manslaughter trial isn't the right time. The fans are going to hear and see things that will be very hard to handle emotionally. The last thing they want to do is celebrate tribute-style to MJ. We're not saying to cancel it completely, but we will not support this concert one bit unless it's moved outside of the Murray trial. Otherwise, the concert will just have a load of Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo fans."

We can completely empathize with having to juggle dealing with loss while also trying to celebrate someone’s life.

The president of the company organizing the tribute, Global Live Events, feels quite the opposite. President Chris Hunt stated:

"I don't give a lot of credence to the 'It's disrespectful to do this during a trial' argument. I like Jermaine and hope that he participates, but he also tried to set something up like this on two occasions and didn't succeed. You wonder if there's some of that in the back of his mind as well. I don't think there's any inappropriateness about having the concert three weeks after the trial may or may not start. What is wrong with a celebration of a great man's life at such a time?"

It’s just so sad when something that should be joyous and wonderful is marred by bickering. Can’t we all just get along?

Do U feel the tribute is too close to the trial??

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8 comments to “Trouble For The Michael Jackson Tribute Concert”

  1. 1

    I can't see the problem.

  2. 2

    One thing has nothing to do with the other. It might be a positive thing for his kids to enjoy at a time when his father's name might be getting dragged through the mud. Anyway the trial could drag on forever or get postponed or whatever. They can't go basing their plans around when a trial might or mighn't be held. I think Jermaine is just pissed cause he couldn't successfully organize his own tribute & profit from it. There's no point in spoiling the thing for MJ's kids. Pretty mean.

  3. @v@ says – reply to this


    It feels like a long time since he passed. It's all in how you choose to look at it. An event such as this could really bouy the spirits of those weighted by a trial going on elsewhere.

  4. 4

    I can't see a problem with the timing of the concert, either. I'm a little concerned over the motives of both this fan club (which can't be the largest out there, judging by the numbers) and Jermaine and Randy Jackson in their opposition, primarily the fact that they're not standing to make anything from the concert while Michael's kids and Katherine are.

    If money is not their primary concern, then Jermaine and Randy really need to prove it by letting go of this "cause." Katherine is likely taking the opportunity, along with the kids, to _get away_ from the trial circus and the drama that her other kids, namely Jermaine and Randy, are causing. I'm not hearing a whole lot from the other siblings one way or the other, so they're either a) keeping out of it altogether, b) generally supporting what Katherine's doing or c) keeping their opposition a private matter - the way such things should be kept.

  5. 5

    "the concert will just have a load of Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo fans…" What Christina Aguilera fans?!

  6. 6

    His money should go towards helping the mentally ill. He was a very sick man. JMHO

  7. 7

    MJ fans and family had to start to realize the real reason MJ is dead is because MJ was the ringmaster being everything. He was not the victm behind a Dr's admin. the wrong drug or wrong amount. He RAN THE WHOLE THING! What he was doing with the Proponal was illegal Murray is not innocent, but to make MJ a saint, wrong on all counts. MJ was a drug addict who was kept going by pills and injections. How much to he really see his kids? Their songs, answers were rehearsed, pathotic…. Do the 'fans' 'family' feel a need to be in L.A. and watch outside the courch AL DA? Can't celebrate his life for ONE DAY???????? SAD SAD SAD…

  8. 8

    Yea there is a god and he's decided no one needs to celebrate this Pedophile. He's so scarey looking.