October 5, 2011 11:23
Black Eyed Peas pull out of Michael Jackson tribute concert
Their cancellation is the latest blow to the event
Chris Hunt, chief executive officer of Global Live Events, told BBC News:
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.
Acts confirmed for the show, hosted by Radio 1's Fearne Cotton and singer/actor Jamie Foxx, include Jackson's siblings Marlon, Tito, Jackie and LaToya, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis and JLS.
However, the show has been blighted with problems since it was announced. Jackson's other two brothers, Jermaine and Randy, have called the event "inappropriate" and "ill timed" because it clashes with the trial of Dr Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter over the death of the star.
And Kiss were removed from the bill over comments made by bassist Gene Simmons criticising Jackson. He told Classic Rock:
Well, you know, where there’s smoke there's fire. There's no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt.
The concert will raise money for three charities including the Los Angeles-based Aids Project.
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