25.08.2011, Words by Ruth Saxelby

Michael Jackson fans are mad, again

MJ fan clubs say a tribute concert starring Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Smokey Robinson is "doomed to fail".

There are fans and then there are Michael Jackson fans. Reminding everyone once again that their love never dies, the white-glove brigade have called for cancellation of a tribute concert that they feel is “tarnishing Michael Jackson’s legacy”.

Super-fans from 35 different fan clubs oppose the Forever Tribute concert, due to star Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson, Cee Lo Green and Beyonce, the latter via satellite link up. In an open letter to the organisers published on Facebook, they wrote:

“From the timing of this tribute…to the ticketing prices, to the obscurity over what charities will be receiving the donation, to the no-guarantee policy of performers, the addition of Gene Simmons and dishonouring, thus tarnishing Michael Jackson’s legacy was simply the last straw.” It went on: “Please understand that this concert is doomed to fail now…Do the right thing for Michael Jackson and cancel this tribute.”

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons famously said “where there’s smoke there’s fire” with regards to the child abuse allegations against Jackson. Kiss have since been dropped from the line-up.

While the organisers say the event is definitely going ahead, with tickets ranging from £55-£240 and a 75,000-capacity stadium to fill, they have invited fan club representatives to join them on a conference call ahead of the tickets going on sale, reports Reuters. In other news MJ-related news, Frank Dileo, who managed the star throughout his 80s heyday, died on Wednesday.

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