Michael Jackson tribute gig announced for Millennium Stadium

July 26, 2011 No Comments »
Michael Jackson tribute gig announced for Millennium Stadium

A one-off tribute show to  Michael Jackson featuring some  of the world’s biggest artists will  be held in Cardiff’s Millennium  Stadium and beamed across the  world, it was announced last  night.

Michael Forever – The Tribute Concert has been backed by  members of the Jackson family  and will be shown to 30  countries in both 2D and 3D.

The line-up for the show,  which will take place on October 8, is yet to be announced  but is said to include major stars  who Jackson himself had admired before his death in June  2009.

At a press conference in Los  Angeles, which was broadcast  in the Millennium Stadium,   members of the Jackson family  said the concert would be a  unique celebration of the performer’s work to mark the 40th  anniversary of his solo career.

Michael’s mother, Katherine,  said: “When I was told some of  the names of the artists performing I knew it would be fit  for a king. If my son was here  today he would feel the same  way.

“I will be there along with as  many members of my family  that can make it. It is intended to  be the biggest and best concert  in the world for many years to  come.”

Michael’s brother Tito said: “I  know my brother would be very  proud to see all the artists that  he admired and respected so  much come together for this  special event.”

His sister La Toya said: “This  event is far, far overdue. He was  an entertainer who I feel no-one  can ever stand up to or hold a  candle to as far as his talent is  concerned. This tribute will be  something spectacular and I  know that he would approve.”

The stadium was chosen because of its ability to hold 75,000  people but still create an intimate atmosphere with its sliding roof closed.

Chris Hunt, president of  Global Live Events, which is  organising the concert, said:  “This is an exciting moment for  Michael Jackson fans from  around the world.  This event  will not be repeated.

“It will not be less than four  hours long and, rather than  looking like a massive outdoor  festival, we can create an intimate atmosphere that Michael  would be proud to perform in.

“We wanted to do something  decent and worthy of Michael’s  musical genius yet something  fun and authentic that you  would envision Michael attending with excitement and joy  surrounded by talent that he  respected and loved.”

Roger Lewis, chief executive  of the Welsh Rugby Union,  which owns the Millennium Stadium, said the event would be a boost for Wales and the economy.

He said: “This extra special concert, paying tribute to one of the world’s greatest pop icons of all time, is fantastic news for music fans all over the world and it is a huge boost for Wales to host this spectacular one-off show. It’s going to be unique and truly extraordinary.

“There are many economic benefits that this concert will give for all aspects of Wales. People will be travelling here from all over the  world to spend a long weekend  here. The economic benefit will  be great. The hotels will be full  and restaurants and pubs will be  packed.

“I’m proud that once again the  eyes of the world will be on  Wales.”

Proceeds will go to three  charities that Jackson supported – The Prince’s Trust, Aids  Project Los Angeles and a cancer charity.

In a statement, Michael’s  brothers Jermaine and Randy  Jackson said they felt the timing  of the concert was “inappropriate”.

The brothers said: “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.

“As everyone knows, Those proceedings commence September 20.”

The line up will be announced  on August 3. Tickets go on sale  on August 4 at www.  michaelforevertribute.com

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