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Jackson family announces Michael tribute concert

posted 25 Jul 2011, 14:16 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 14:19 ]
Michael Jackson's family members announce an up-coming tribute concert, but don't yet reveal the names of the participating performers.

 BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 25, 2011) REUTERS -  Several members of Michael Jackson's family unveiled plans on Monday (July 25) for a tribute concert to the late King of Pop, but performers were unnamed, leading to a less-than-thrilling announcement for the "Thriller" singer.

The tribute show, supported by Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson, will be held on October 8 in Cardiff, Wales at the Millennium Stadium, which holds about 75,000 people. It will be broadcast live via satellite on pay-per-view television and into movie theaters around the world, some of which will screen it in 3D, said promoter Global Live Events.

Katherine Jackson told reporters at the unveiling in Beverly Hills, California that she is proud of the event and the caliber of singers performing. No names were announced on Monday.

"If my son was here today, he would feel the same way, and so I'd like to say thank you very much for helping to keep my son's legacy alive," she said.

Jackson's brother, Jermaine Jackson, tried in vain to mount a tribute concert in Vienna in 2009, but plans were scrapped after he struggled to get big-name acts and the event's organizer went out of business.

Jermaine, Janet, and Michael Jackson's father Joe, were not on hand at Monday's announcement. Instead, Katherine was joined by family members, Tito, Jackie, Marlon and La Toya.

Michael Jackson died in June 2009 of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol he used as a sleep aid.