Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Protested by Brothers
Randy and Jermaine Jackson do not approve of the Michael Jackson tribute concert to take place this October -- because it will occur during the criminal trial of the doctor accused in Jackson's death.
"We want to make clear that this does not reflect the position of the entire family," the two brothers said in a joint statement obtained by 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.”
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"In light of this, we feel it is inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and its promoter, Global Live," they added.
In a statement, Sitrick and Co., which represents Michael Jackson's estate, told The Hollywood Reporter: “The estate has not been contacted and is not involved with Global Live Events in the U.K. tribute concert.”
Family matriarch Katherine Jackson announced the "Michael Forever The Tribute Concert" with Marlon, Tito, Jackie and La Toya at a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday. Katherine called it "a show fit for a king… If my son were here today, he would feel the same way."
La Toya said the "tribute will be something that's spectacular… [it's] far, far, well overdue."
It will take place in Wales on Oct. 8. which is the 40th anniversary of Michael releasing his first solo single, “Got To Be There."
Global Live Events president Chris Hunt promised a “truly intimate theatrical experience” that will clock in at no “less than four hours.”
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit three of Michael's favorite charities: AIDS Project Los Angeles and The Prince's Trust.
Global Live also announced that it set up a trust fund for Michael's three children.