Michael Jackson tribute concert divides family

Michael Jackson tribute concert divides family

Michael Jackson's mother has promised fans a tribute concert held in the star's honour will be "a show fit for a king".

Katherine Jackson said the gig, to be held in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in October, was shaping up to be a "world class event".

She said: "After I was told the name of some of the world famous artists that would perform I knew it would be a show fit for a king.

"If my son was here today he would feel the same way."

The 81-year-old Jackson matriarch appeared alongside her children La Toya, Tito, Marlon and Jackie to announce the concert.

La Toya paid tribute to her brother's "wonderful heart". "He loved life, he loved people and he loved giving," she said.

The concert is set to benefit a number of charities supported by Michael, including Aids Project Los Angeles.

But Michael's other brothers Jermaine and Randy have branded the event "ill-timed". 

It is set to take place two weeks into the criminal trial of Dr Conrad Murray.

The medic is charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the star's death.

The brothers said: "Today's press conference in Los Angeles announced a tribute concert to Michael to be attended and supported by the Jackson family.

"However, we want to make clear that this does not reflect the position of the entire family.

"While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honours our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael's death."

Photo: © Getty

Tuesday July 26, 2011

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