Jamie Foxx 'honoured' to be hosting controversial Michael Jackson tribute concert

But ticket prices have reportedly been slashed after slow sales

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Jamie Foxx will host the controversial Michael Jackson tribute concert taking place in Cardiff next month.

The actor and singer, who will also perform at the Millennium Stadium gig on October 8, has said he is "truly honoured" to be involved with the project, according to MTV News.

He commented:
Michael was larger than life and I have admired him, honoured him, joked about him but always loved and respected him... I hope I honour his legacy in a way that would make him laugh and cry.


However, the concert, which has been hit by a series of hitches, has reportedly faced more problems due to slow ticket sales.

Facebook group Fans Against Forever Michael Tribute has claimed that ticketholders have been sent an email detailing a drop in prices, with some tickets apparently slashed by up to 50 per cent.

Smokey Robinson, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Craig David are among the artists on the bill at the gig, with Beyonce performing via a live satellite link-up. Kiss were originally slated to appear but were removed from the bill over complaints about derogatory comments made about the King Of Pop by bassist Gene Simmons.

The concert has divided opinion in the Jackson family - the singer's mother Katherine and siblings La Toya, Tito, Marlon and Jackie are thought to be behind it, while Jermaine and Randy have described it as inappropriate and ill-timed.

This is mainly because the man accused of causing Jackson's death in 2009, Dr Conrad Murray, is due to be standing trial at the same time as the gig is taking place.

Meanwhile, Tito and sister Rebbie Jackson will be undertaking a 24-date UK and Ireland tour in March 2012 to pay their own tribute to their late brother.

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