Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Promoter Denies Rumors of Fallout With Jackson Estate


Chris Hunt of Global Live Events says Saturday's show will go one despite the Black Eyed Peas last-minute exit from the lineup.

As the trial of Conrad Murray, the late Michael Jackson’s doctor, rages on, the promoters of the Michael Jackson tribute concert that is set to take place this Saturday are dealing with last minute troubles and squashing rampant rumors.

Chris Hunt, head of Global Live Events, which is putting on the “Michael Forever” event in Cardiff, said there have been challenges, but many of the rumors are untrue.

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"I've never been in a situation in my entire career like it where so many false rumors emerged as if from nowhere," Hunt told Reuters.

Hunt denied that there has been any fallout with Jackson's estate.

Even if there aren’t problems with the Jackson’s estate, there have been plenty of hiccups along the long road to the event.

Of the Jackson family, Tito, Marlon, Jackie and La Toya are set to attend, but brothers Jermaine and Randy, along with Janet Jackson, have decided not to attend because the event coincides with the ongoing involuntary manslaughter trial against.

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"A couple of them decided they didn't want to do it and they cited a reason which, to my mind, and indeed to most of the rest of the family, has no logic to it whatever,” said Hunt.

The concert promoters received criticism from some fans about the event, which will take place at the Millennium Stadium, being at the same time as the trial.

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On top of that, the Black Eyed Peas, who were set to perform with Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis and Cee Lo Green, pulled out of the line-up this week, citing "unavoidable circumstances."

For those who can’t make it to Wales, the concert will be streaming live on Facebook, and fans can pay for access.