'Michael Jackson Forever' Show Just Wants Your Money

Promoters are super excited about the October 8 all-star concert called Michael Jackson Forever, which will feature stars like Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis, and more. The tribute concert is intended to celebrate the life of Michael Jackson, and it promises to be "the biggest and the best concert event in the world for many years to come."

There are a few folks, however, who aren't thrilled (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) with Michael Forever. Starting with KISS, since they just got unceremoniously dumped from the lineup. It turns out that—oops!—Gene Simmons has repeatedly insisted that MJ molested children. Wow, how embarrassing, but I'm sure now that that's taken care of, the rest of the show will be awesome, right?

Welllll ... actually, it turns out the Michael Jackson estate is pretty pissed about this concert in general.


The tribute show was put together by MJ's parents Joseph and Katherine Jackson, along with siblings Jackie, Tito, Marlon, LaToya, and Rebbie. Notably uninvolved with the plans are brothers Jermaine and Randy, who have loudly objected to the event since it's scheduled to happen right in the middle of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray.

In addition to booking KISS, despite Simmon's many past comments about his belief that Jackson was a pedophile (including this from Simmons last year: "Well, you know, where there's smoke, there's fire. There's no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt."), the Jackson Forever promoters also seem to have caused some confusion as to whether or not the ticket profits will actually be shared with charities as promised.

Thanks to the Simmons flap, a controversial ticketing system, and a small-print clause that says refunds will not be offered if "50% or more of the number of contracted artists attend and perform," fans have been up in arms about the Jackson Forever show. It seems Jackson's estate agrees with their concerns, because just last week lawyers sent a letter to concert organizers with some Extremely Grumpy Questions.

KISS has now been "uninvited" from the concert, with the promoter backpedalling furiously: "We have listened to Michael's fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons." They have yet to respond to the questions about charitable donations, probably because they had no idea anyone would actually ask about this stuff and are busy coming up with some press-friendly sound bites.

If you ask me, this whole thing is about money, plain and simple. Members of Jackson's family surely stand to make a giant chunk of change from the ticket sales, so they're doing their part to promote it. No one involved with the show gave a single crap that someone from KISS thought Jackson had a thing for little boys until the fans got pissed about it. Pretty much everything about the show sounds like a massive ripoff, from the tiered ticketing system to the big-name performers who have no actual link to Michael Jackson.

Also, the official website for the "biggest and the best concert event in the world for many years to come" sort of looks like a crappy free Wordpress template. I'm just saying.

What do you think about this Michael Jackson Forever concert? Does it seem like it's really intended to serve Jackson's memory, or are they just out to collect some cash?

Image via MichaelJackson.com

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