Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera Among Latest Additions to Perform at Michael Jackson Tribute ConcertPosted by Melissa Daniels
Global Live Events and several members of the Jackson Family (Katherine, La Toya, Tito and Jackie) are joining forces to bring what might just be the best tribute concert ever: Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert.
On October 8, music sensations from around the globe will join together at the Wales’ Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Great Britain to pay tribute to the King of Pop.
Most recently added to the line up are two of The Voice coaches, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. Promoters for the concert confirm to CNN that these artists are slated to perform along side Leona Lewis, Smokey Robinson and Alien Ant Farm. Other acts include British boy band JLS, R&B singer Craig David, and 3T (Tito Jackson’s three sons).
“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.”
Although most of the Jackson family is in support of the tribute, Jermaine and Randy Jackson object stating, the timing of the concert mars the purpose since it will take place during the criminal trial that surrounds Michael’s death.
“We want to make clear that this does not reflect the position of the entire family,” the brothers said in a joint statement.
Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s physician, is slated to begin the involuntary manslaughter train in September. The case is expected to carry on into October.
Randy and Jermaine continued to express their lack of support saying the concert “disrespects opinions and wishes expressed in the strongest terms” and that it is “inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and it’s promoter, Global Live.”
The Michael Jackson Fan Club issued a similar statement:
“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.”
Tickets for the concert were issued on a lottery basis. According to the official tribute concert’s website, they “wanted to avoid the usual frantic rush and confusion,” as well as not allow ticket touts to make “huge sums of money off the fans.” The registration period ended August 7 at midnight.
According to Global Live Events CEO, Chris Hunt, the concert will last at least four hours with an audience of about 75,000 people in house.
“Fans of Michael’s music will get the concert they’ve been waiting for,” Hunt said in a note posted on the promoter’s website.
“This concert will unite various generations and musical genres, reminding everyone of just how amazing a talent Michael was,” said Ring.
Billboard.com released information that Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, is expected to discuss further plans for the show during a live broadcast on CNN, Monday, August 15.