Another year, another King of Pop tribute in jeopardy: Michael Jackson's estate, brothers won't support latest effort

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After a sad, strange turn of divisive events for the Jackson family, Michael Jackson fans will likely be left waiting once again for their thriller of a tribute concert to take shape: Michael Jackson’s estate management has released a statement denying their support for an MJ tribute concert that was supposedly in the works.

In a news conference Monday, Jackson’s siblings Marlon, LaToya and Tito had, along with their mother Katherine, announced an Oct. 8 tribute event to be held in Cardiff, Wales, called “Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert.” But just hours after the press conference, according to the New York Times, representatives from Jackson’s estate announced they had never authorized the use of Jackson’s name for the concert.

A second blow to the tribute effort arrived when Michael Jackson’s brothers Jermaine and Randy stepped up to say they would not support the  event because of its date—uncomfortably, the concert would occur during the criminal trial of Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in his death. The brothers said in a statement that while they wholeheartedly support the idea of it, “We feel that the most important tribute we can give to our brother at this time is to seek justice in his name.”

Sadly, this wouldn’t be the first time a Michael Jackson tribute concert has been announced then sent back to the drawing board. The King of Pop’s family had a run-in with actual blood nobility in August 2009, just weeks after Jackson’s death, when Austrian concert promoters publicly announced that a tribute concert would be held that fall in Vienna at the at the palace home of the Austrian royal family. British news outlet The Daily Telegraph reported that the promoters had hinted at a star-studded lineup including the likes of Madonna, U2, Whitney Houston and Lionel Richie. But after supposed headliners Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown pulled out of the lineup— to the chagrin of incensed ticketholders — the concert was first postponed and then, bizarrely, never materialized.

With this latest development in the Jackson family’s troubled saga, will this latest effort at a King of Pop tribute actually emerge? Weigh in, Music Mix fans. Will Michael’s legendary contributions to pop music finally get the commemoration they deserve?

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  • Adwina Lambert

    nope. everyone was just caught up with the nostalgia last year. this year we don’t care anymore for someone who’s a pee-doh-fyl. people don’t just care anymore. except for crazy and tacky europeans and south americans who still play scorpion and the lambada up to this time! tee-hee!

    • PN

      I think that there have been enough tributes, especially from all the awards shows like BET Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and others in 2009 and 2010. After this tribute concert, the Jackson family needs to stop, pause and move on with their lives. Don’t cash too much on him like that. Or people will think you’re greedy.

    • flix

      Adwina, go die biach. Tee hee. Nobody will care about you at all. Poutana

      • fancypants

        that’s the truth right there.

  • abadstroller

    Two years gone and people are still scrambling for how they can continue to earn from MJ’s fame/notoriety. Pathetic really. Let it go for now and wait a few more years. Maybe then real nostalgia will kick in.

  • GeGe

    His brothers are leeches

  • Duane

    He’s gotten plenty recognition. It’s just a money grab.

  • Shakespeare

    I swear he only had one good album, which was THRILLER. Why does the media make him out to be bigger than he was? I mean the man turned himself white with so much surgery it was hard to even look at him! His family are leeches and time his kids get around to being able to control his estate there will be anything barely left, mark my words! The one thing that everyone knows, even if you don’t like Jackson is this, he really displaced himself from his entire family, outside of Janet!

  • AuntieMM

    I don’t see the sense in a concert now and certainly not one in any way connected to his family. Sadly it always looks like they continue to use him as their means of income and celebrity. The talent he had deserved better.

  • TVDIVA

    This is the greediest family in the universe. They are trying to make money off a dead man. I am so glad the estate and at least two of the brothers had sense enough not to do this.

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