Michael Jackson tribute postponed, moved to London

Hotel News - 14/09/2009

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The Michael Jackson tribute concert originally scheduled to take place on September 26 in Vienna has now been pushed back to June 2010.

Organizers have also announced that the event will now take place in London. The announcement came after many of the promised top-billed acts withdrew from the concert because of conflicting schedules, leaving only Akon and Sister Sledge as the major headliners.

Mary J Blige and Natalie Cole are among the top artists who've had to opt out due to previous commitments. A spokesperson for Mary J Blige said the artist had not definitely committed to performing. A similar statement was issued by a spokesperson for Chris Brown, who was also announced as one of the headliners for the show.

Critics complained that there weren't enough big artists performing at the show. Event promoter Georg Kindel said one of the main reasons to shift the venue from Vienna to London was because, "renowned artists of the tribute were disrespectfully treated as B-list artists or even losers."

Kindel admitted organizers may have underestimated scheduling issues, when he made the announcement postponing the concert.

Jermaine Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson stated that the purpose for the show was to give something back to the fans, and insisted that it had to be done right. "It's not about name-dropping," he said in response to critics who decried the absence of big names such as Madonna from the list of performing artists.

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