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Jacksons Clash Over Tribute Concert

Written by Barnaby Smith on July 26, 2011

A tribute concert to Michael Jackson to be held in Wales is causing divisions within the late singer’s family.

The Guardian reports that two of Jackson’s brothers are unimpressed by their mother’s announcement that the huge event will take place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on October 8. At a press conference on Monday, Jackson’s mother Katherine said that the concert would be attended by “as many members of my family that are available.”

However, her plans have been met with criticism from Jermaine and Randy Jackson, who said in a statement they regarded the concert as “inappropriate” and “ill-timed”, their principle objection being on the grounds that the concert would take place two weeks into the trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to their younger brother’s death in 2009.

The brothers stated, “Today’s press conference in Los Angeles announced a tribute concert to Michael to be attended and supported by the Jackson family. However, we want to make clear that this does not reflect the position of the entire family.

“While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honours our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael’s death.

“As everyone knows, those proceedings commence September 20th, and this Michael Forever Concert takes place in Cardiff, Wales, on October 8th.

“In light of this, we feel it is inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and its promoter, Global Live.

“Furthermore, the decision to proceed with this concert disrespects opinions and wishes expressed in the strongest terms to Global Live during conversations in April when this event was presented to the majority of the family as an idea already in its advanced stages.

“There will come a time and place for an amazing and deserving tribute to Michael. But we feel that the most important tribute we can give to our brother at this time is to seek justice in his name.”

No acts have yet been announced for the concert, with “the world’s greatest performing artists” touted to perform at the show, which is set to be beamed around the world.

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