Jermaine Jackson - Jermaine Blasts Jackson Tribute Promoters Over Kiss Fiasco
Jermaine Jackson has blasted the promoters behind his brother Michael Jackson's upcoming tribute concert, after they booked - and then pulled - a controversial slot by heavy rockers Kiss.
The band was invited to join acts including Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Smokey Robinson as part of the Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert in Cardiff, Wales on 8 October (11).
But the group's addition to the line-up sparked outrage because frontman Gene Simmons made comments last year (10) claiming he still had issues with Jackson's past paedophile accusations.
Following the uproar, the promoters axed Kiss' slot, saying in a statement, "Under the circumstances we fully agree that even though Kiss is a band Michael admired, we have no choice but to rescind our invitation to them to appear in our tribute concert."
But now Jackson's brother Jermaine has slammed organisers for "getting it all wrong" and for "using" his mother Katherine, who is behind the event.
In a series of angry posts on Twitter.com he writes, "I'm appalled as all fans (are) that Global Live booked an artist like Kiss after all Gene Simmons had said about Michael. It doesn't matter (that) Kiss' invitation is revoked. This mishandling reinforces my view that this promoter is getting it all wrong...
"It also saddens me that my mother is being used to promote this event. Does Global Live really need an 81yo (year old) woman to prop up its event? Stop. I hear you all. Global Live mishandled this booking in the same way it has misjudged the event's timing and mood of the fan community."
Jackson was famously acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 after a highly-publicised five-month trial.