Yesterday Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his siblings La Toya, Jackie, Marlon, and Tito appeared at a press conference to announce a massive memorial show called "Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert." The event is set for October 8th, what Global Live Events' Chris Hunt described as "40 years almost to the day of the beginning of the solo career of the man we are celebrating, the release of his hit single 'Got to Be There.' " Hunt added the extravaganza will feature "a host of top artists, will not be less than four hours long, and will be held in one of the world's largest enclosed arenas, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, the United Kingdom," which has a capacity of 75,000. Katherine chimed in, "[When] I was told the name of some of the world-famous artists that will perform, I knew it would be a tribute fit for a king. If my son was here today, he would feel the same way."
But as the New York Times reports today, this show may very well not go on. Jackson's estate has not authorized the event and Michael's brothers Jermaine and Randy have released a statement saying they do not endorse it because it will take place during the trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor charged in Jackson's June 2009 death. The trial is scheduled to start on September 8th and won't need to be delayed because the defense is screening hours of unreleased This Is It footage anymore. Janet Jackson didn't attend the press conference or sign her brothers' letter.
CNN reports proceeds from the concert are scheduled to go to U.S. and British charities, but considering the estate hasn't signed off on the event and we know how the Jackson family loves to make money off Michael's name, The Amp will remain skeptical the show will A) happen and B) not be a disaster if it does. Remember the big MJ tribute concert that was supposed to go down in Vienna featuring Akon, Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown? Exactly.
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