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Kiss dropped from Jackson tribute show

Postby sledge » Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:55 pm

Rock band Kiss has been removed from the line-up for a Michael Jackson tribute concert in Britain, after it was revealed frontman Gene Simmons has called Jackson a child molester.

The decision to scratch Kiss from the line-up came after Jackson's fans this week expressed anger at Simmons's comments.

"We have listened to Michael's fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons," concert organizer Chris Hunt, the chief executive of organizer Global Live Events, said in a statement.

"Under the circumstances, we fully agree that even though Kiss is a band Michael admired, we have no choice but to rescind our invitation to them to appear in our tribute concert."

Kiss, a rock band famous for such songs as Rock and Roll All Nite and Detroit Rock City, was a recent addition to the line-up for the tribute concert.

The Michael Forever show is planned for October 8 in Cardiff, Wales, and so far the line-up includes Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Smokey Robinson.

The concert has the backing of Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his siblings LaToya, Tito, Jackie and Marlon.

Jackson's brothers, Randy and Jermaine, however have voiced their opposition to the concert, saying the family should be concentrating on the upcoming manslaughter trial of their brother's doctor, which will begin on September 26 in Los Angeles.

PHOTO: Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. (Stefan Wermuth, file photo: Reuters)
Jackson was acquitted at a trial in 2005 of charges that he molested a boy at his Neverland Ranch.

Simmons, 61, is known for being outspoken.

"The only sexual references ever made about Michael Jackson that were made by anyone, anywhere around the world, have always been made by kids, and specifically males usually 10 to 14 years of age; never females that age or older, and never grown men," Simmons told Classic Rock magazine in 2010.

Howard Weitzman, an attorney for the executors of Jackson's estate, lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain, said in a letter to the tribute concert organisers they were "disappointed" at the decision to include Kiss.

The letter from Weitzman also raised questions about the October 8 show, including whether all the artists booked to appear will indeed perform that day.

"In light of the questions raised ... and the confusion surrounding this 'event', we are extremely concerned about Michael's legacy, his fans and the public-at-large," Mr Weitzman wrote in the letter.

A spokeswoman for the concert organisers declined to comment on the letter.

I think it would be out of place for Kiss to appear at MJ's Tribute concert and Gene is very outspoken. It's a shame though.


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