Black Eyed Peas Pull Out Of Michael Jackson Tribute Concert
Organisers of the 'Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert' have been dealt another blow ahead of Saturday’s show at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Black Eyed Peas were due to perform at the concert being held to pay tribute to the late Michael Jackson, but have pulled out citing "unavoidable circumstances..."
The Chief Executive of Global Live Events, Chris Hunt, confirmed the withdrawal from the line-up of the group: "It is with regret that we announce the removal of Black Eyed Peas from the ‘Michael Forever’ bill, but I look forward to a great night with other earth shattering artists."
The event has already been subjected to several setbacks. The most notable obstacle the concert has faced is receiving criticism from some of Michael’s siblings. Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson and Jermaine Jackson have all been critical of the timing of the event because it is being held during Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial for involuntary manslaughter against their brother.
Ticket sales have also disappointed and, despite the event being only days away, some tickets remain unsold. Despite all the setbacks, the concert can still boast an impressive line-up with the likes of Alexandra Burke, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Craig David, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, JLS, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson hitting the stage in Cardiff. Beyoncé will also appear via a satellite link.
Words: Stephen Almond (@LFCSteAL)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)