Several members of Michael Jackson's family, including his mother Katherine, Tito, Jackie, Marlon and La Toya - have announced that a tribute concert is to take place in honor or the singer. "Michael Forever" is due to take place October 8th in Cardiff, Wales - two weeks after the scheduled start of the criminal trial of Dr Conrad Murray, the man charged in relation to Michael's death.
However two prominent members of the family, Randy and Jermaine Jackson, have made it clear that they do not support the event. The brothers have issued the following statement:
"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 in Cardiff, Wales, 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."
No performers have been named for the tribute show. Last month Jermaine Jackson told me talks were underway regarding a tribute show, although there was no hint of a family feud. In 2009 plans for a similar event in Vienna were scrapped after Jermaine struggled to attract big name acts to perform.