Administrators of the Michael Jackson Estate are threatening the organizers of the Michael Jackson Tribute concert. They claim the promoters have dirtied Michael’s name and might even be ripping off the Estate. The trouble flared up over the inclusion of KISS guitarist, a self-professed Michael Jackson hater, on the list of performers for October’s “Michael Forever” Michael Jackson Tribute Convert.
Howard Weitzman, Estate lawyer, wrote to the concert promoters, expressing displeasure that one of the bands that will be performing is KISS, whose guitarist, Gene Simmons, publicly accused Michael Jackson of being a hard-core child molester. Weitzman called the inclusion “extraordinarily embarrassing.”
Weitzman is also concerned about what might be happening to proceeds from the concert. He is worried that Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, is behind the concert, saying that the man has always used Michael’s fame for his own gain.
He even went as far as to suggest that promoters may be illegally using “intellectual property that is controlled by the Estate,” including Michael Jackson images and his songs.
Katherine Jackson was on CNN yesterday, announcing that KISS would play at the “Michael Forever” tribute concert. Yet Gene Simmons went on record last year, a year after Michael Jackson died, saying,
“There is no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt. 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.”
“Hate the man. Love the music,” he added.
Is a love of Michael Jackson’s music enough of a reason to have him on the tribute concert? Is that the kind of guy to pay a fitting tribute to the King of Pop?
Michael Jackson’s kids have already said they want to attend the October concert inWales, and perhaps speak at it, despite the opposition of their uncles, Jermaine and Randy, who say the timing is inappropriate as the concert will be held during the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor in connection with the singer’s death.
It looks like the controversy surrounding the Michael Jackson tribute concert is set to continue.