Due to "unavoidable circumstances" we can only assume were "reading the Internet," the Black Eyed Peas have yanked their performance from October 8th's Michael Forever tribute concert in Wales, a maligned event honoring Michael Jackson that is taking place without the consent or aid of the late star's estate. Fans have literally begged the show's promoters to call off the concert, but it is proceeding as planned (well, sans Peas) with Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé (via video feed), Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Gladys Knight, La Toya Jackson, and curiously, Alien Ant Farm, among another artists.
The event was first announced in July as timed to the dubious anniversary of "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.' " Jermaine, Randy, and Janet Jackson immediately distanced themselves from the show because it coincides with the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged with administering a deadly dose of Propofol to MJ on June 25, 2009.
Clueless organizers then added Kiss to the bill despite the fact that Gene Simmons has publicly labeled the King of Pop a pedophile (the band was swiftly removed from the lineup). Next, there was a ticket snafu, and the Peas declared they "wouldn't miss being at the Millennium stadium for this gig on October 8" because "we all owe Michael such a lot." Guess they'll be repaying that debt somewhere far away from this certain calamity.
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