Jackson Family Already Split Over Michael Tribute Concert

click image to enlarge
July 25, 2011 | 9:20pm EST

Jermaine Jackson and his brother Randy have distanced themselves from their mother’s plans to stage a tribute concert in memory of Michael Jackson, insisting it’s not the right time for the show.
Family matriarch Katherine Jackson announced on Monday that Michael Forever – The Tribute Concert would take place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on 8 October.

No performers for the “world-class event” were revealed, but she was supported at the Beverly Hills press conference by four of her kids; La Toya, Marlon, Jackie and Tito.

However, within hours of the show’s announcement, Michael’s other brothers Jermaine and Randy Jackson issued their own statement about the gig, claiming the family should be focusing on the upcoming manslaughter trial surrounding the King of Pop’s death – and not planning a celebration in the U.K.

In a joint statement, Jermaine and Randy say, “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.

“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.”

Michael’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, stands accused of administering the fatal dose of anesthetic Propofol that killed the superstar in 2009, just weeks before he was due to hit the stage in London for his This Is It comeback concerts.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. The trial is set to begin on 8 September.

  Share/Bookmark