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    Tribute Concert Moved to London....

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    Tribute Concert Moved to London....

    Post by Steph on Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:39 am

    An outdoor concert in Vienna billed as the major global tribute to Michael Jackson has been moved to London and postponed until June, organisers have said.

    Event promoter Georg Kindel and Jackson's brother Jermaine told reporters that too many top performers had scheduling conflicts, and they blamed the media for stirring up a negative atmosphere.

    The announcement came at the end of a turbulent week of reports that supposedly confirmed artists including Mary J Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole couldn't make the event.

    Mr Kindel said many invited artists had scheduling issues, and "maybe we underestimated these issues".

    "The purpose for this show is to give something back to the fans ... we have to do this right," Jermaine Jackson said, at one point using a tissue to dab at one of his eyes. It's not about name-dropping," he added, answering critics who had complained that megastars such as Madonna didn't figure among the headliners.

    The original plan had been to stage the tribute on September 26 outside a 17th century palace in Vienna. Instead, Kindel said, it will be held at London's Wembley Stadium sometime in the first half of June 2010.

    Everyone who bought tickets for the abandoned Vienna event will get refunds, he said. Some fans had paid up to £450 for VIP seats, and many expressed unhappiness that no major stars had been confirmed.

    Among the other performers said to have been confirmed were Sister Sledge, Akon and German boy band US5. Mr Kindel told reporters that the decision to move the event out of Vienna was made partly because "renowned artists of the tribute were disrespectfully treated as B-list artists or even losers".

    He said tickets to the London concert would go on sale on December 1 and begin at £44.

    The city of Vienna, which considers the tribute a potentially huge tourism boost, had pledged up to £525,000 to help underwrite the cost of diverting traffic, providing security and producing a promotional video. But, deputy mayor Renate Brauner said the city had withdrawn the offer.
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    Re: Tribute Concert Moved to London....

    Post by madonna_mj on Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:04 am

    Oh ...
    why ...
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    Re: Tribute Concert Moved to London....

    Post by Smooth Criminal on Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:21 am

    Read.... it tells you Wink

    Basically because of "scheduling conflicts".

    Thanks for this Steph.

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