Some of Michael Jackson‘s family members announced Monday (July 25) that a star-studded tribute concert honoring the music legend would take place in October.
Emphasis on “some.” Because seemingly nothing involving the late King of Pop is simple, other members of the Jackson family promptly questioned the timing of the tribute, which is scheduled to take place in the middle of the manslaughter trial of Jackson’s former physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Jackson’s estate may also have a say on whether the concert goes forward.
The show that Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and siblings Tito, Marlon, La Toya and Jackie announced Monday will be called “Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert.” It’s scheduled to take place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Oct. 8, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of his first solo single, “Got to Be There” (which was released Oct. 7, 1971). No artists have been announced, but the Jackson family promised big names (not a stretch, given how many people admire his music) and said that proceeds would go to various charities in both the United States and United Kingdom.
Soon after the announcement, though, Michael’s brothers Randy and Jermaine Jackson released a statement taking issue with the timing of the concert. The statement reads in part:
“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. As everyone knows, those proceedings commence September 20th, and this ‘Michael Forever’ concert takes place … 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.”
Meanwhile, the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate also say they weren’t contacted about the concert and, according to The New York Times, haven’t authorized the use of his name for the show.
A tribute sounds like a great idea, but we’d be slightly surprised if this one gets off the ground.