Michael Jackson’s Family Announces Tribute Concert In Singer’s Honor


Vibe | July 26, 2011 - 6:21 pm

The Jacksons will continue to honor the legacy of their lost family member, bringing together another show to the stage.

Michael Jackson, who died in June 2009 of a heart attack caused by a prescription drug overdose, will have a tribute concert titled “Michael Forever,” put on in his name. Slated to go down October 8 in Cardiff, Wales, the news regarding The King of Pop tribute gig was announced during a Beverly Hills press conference this past Monday where mother Katherine was joined by sons Tito, Jackie and Marlon and daughter LaToya. There was no sight of other siblings Jermaine, Randy, Janet, nor estranged husband Joe.

The four-hour show will be at Millennium Stadium and will broadcast via satellite on pay-per-view. The concert will later move into a movie theatre near with a cast of big-name performers. Though the names have not been revealed, clues lead to acts that Michael admired and praised dearly. 

“When I was told some of the names of the artists performing, I knew it would be fit for a king,” said Katherine Jackson. “If my son was here today he would feel the same way, and so I’d like to say thank you very much for helping to keep my son’s legacy alive.” said Katherine Jackson.

“It is intended to be the biggest and best concert in the world for many years to come.” LaToya added, “This event is far, far overdue. He was an entertainer who I feel no one can ever stand up to or hold a candle to as far as his talent is concerned. This tribute will be something spectacular and I know that he would approve.”

Just like it danced around majority of Michael’s adult life when he was present, controversy hits home once agin as brothers Randy and Jermaine disapprove of the tribute concert due to inappropriate timing. 

“We want to make clear that this does not reflect the position of the entire family,” the two brothers said in a joint statement for CNN. “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.” Jackson’s former doctor, Conrad Murray, is slated to go on trial on September 20 for manslaughter charges in the singer’s death.

One of the show’s producers said that despite taking place in a large stadium,  which seats 75,000, the event will have a more intimate feel with the building’s roof topped off. Proceeds from the show will benefit three charities Jackson supported, the Prince’s Trust, AIDS Project Los Angeles and a cancer charity. The show’s lineup will be announced on August 3. –Shabazz