Kiss - Kiss Draw Controversy Over Addition To Jackson Tribute Show

Rockers Kiss have signed up to perform at a tribute concert for Michael Jackson - a year after bassist Gene Simmons publicly suggested the King of Pop was a paedophile in a magazine interview.
Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert is due to take place on 8 October (11) in Cardiff, Wales, with Kiss joining Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Leona Lewis and Smokey Robinson among the acts on the bill.
But Monday's (15Aug11) announcement has stirred controversy because Simmons was openly critical of Jackson when he spoke to Classic Rock Magazine last year (10).
During the interview, the bassist said, "No matter what my fond memories and fond images of Michael were, with one allegation of paedophilia after another and another and another…Oh dear... The only sexual references ever made about Michael Jackson that were made by anyone, anywhere around the world, have always been made by kids, and specifically males usually 10 to 14 years of age; never females, that age or older, and never grown men."
Jackson was famously acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 after a highly-publicised five month trial.
The concert is being organised by Jackson's mother, Katherine, and has nothing to do with the late superstar's estate executors.


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This Tribute concert started off on the wrong foot with a very convoluted ticket pricing... and it's getting weirder by the minute. This is another Tribute that's taking a shot at capitalizing on Michael Jackson' s death without any shame. The trial is still going on, and as a diehard fan I'd say Justice before profits. What's the matter with the Jackson Family? They have become a runaway train, how can we trust them at this point? Even a tick stop feeding off you when you're dead! Joe Jackson has recently teamed up with a professional crook Julian Rouas to exploit Michael' s image with a new line of cheesy perfumes. Please Google up: "The Jackson Tribute Fragrances"
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If KISS plays this concert without Gene Simmons recanting his statement 100% and apologizing fully, I will be incredibly upset (as will millions of other fans, I'm sure). Last year's interview wasn't the first time he's made unfounded insinuations and lies of that sort - he has no clue what he's talking about. I don't deify MJ one bit; he was a complex and imperfect human being. But if you read the facts it's obvious he was NOT a pedophile - the two accusations were attempts at extortion, pure and simple. buttonmonkey/misc/maryfischer.htmlhuffingtonpost/charles-thomson/one-of-the-most-shameful_b_610258.htmlsawfnews/Gossip/62855.aspxUnfortunately many people just perpetuate hearsay without backing up their statements at all.
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As a true admirer, supporter, & fan of Michael Jackson for most of my 46 yrs, I find it truly appalling that, #1- Gene Simmons would have the audacity to even request to be any part of a tribute concert for Michael after making such ridiculously slanderous comments during his interview w/ Classic Rock magazine just last yr, & #2- For Michael's mother to so much as consider allowing it is downright startling to me! I know Kathrine is, & always has been a wonderful mother to all her children, & her love for Michael has never been doubted, & his love for her was obvious, so it's sadly disheartening to think she would overlook the comments made by Simmons. I would've thought BOTH she, & even Michael's dad, (whose primary concern has always been the bottom dollar!), would've nipped this story in the bud, well b4 it even had time to become a story. Michael was so awfully hurt by those allegations, & rightfully so!! The care & well being of sick, starving, or underpriveledged children, both here & throughout the world, were issues Michael held most important in his heart, as anyone who's ever bothered to follow the TRUTH about him knows. He was the most giving of humanitarians, giving back an astounding amt of his money to many, many charities. "Greedy" wasn't a word that could EVER fairly be used to describe Michael. I just wonder how Gene Simmons "charitable side" would compare to Michael's. This entire tribute concert is a wonderful idea, but the timing should definiately be reconcidered, as should how to spend the profits of such an event. Why not make decisions regarding a tribute to Michael's legacy, based on what HE would likely want?? Seems pretty simple, especially when it comes to a no-brainer like whether or not to allow Simmons anywhere near an event in Michael's memory.
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WHAT THE HELL?????? KATHERINE ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND???? WHY WOULD YOU THIS TO YOUR SON??? YOU ARE SO NAIVE! and you simmons PIECE OF s**t! YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT! GO TO HELL!
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I am STUNNED! Gene Simmons, the worm, for God's sake!!!! What THE HELL is going on witih this "family"???!!! I wouldn't go to this concert if THEY paid ME and I lived right across the street!! What a disgrace to Michael's memory. They are either completely greedy or completely desparate for any slimy act to show up and, frankly, I don't know which is worse! God love you, Michael. I'm glad you're not here to see this...
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Are you so desperate for making money that you actually consider having gene simmons to be in a tribute for Michael. you must have a very short memory, or you just don't care what he said, about Michael. I have been fan of Michaels for a very long timel/I can't believe his FAMILY would do this....How can you be so incentive, you claim you love him and went to have his music and Michael be remembered for ever./But I think you still want his money/know matter what cost.I wonder what his children think? GOd Bless His Soul .rest in peace my love.....................Bg
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I forgot to say do you real think Michaels fan would come to see KISS///????? bg
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I am so disappointed in Michael's family, hardly a tribute to anything honorable about Michael when you would involve someone like Gene Simmons. I hope that Michaels Estate will have some influence on the family. At least in this case, someone is looking out for his best interests and I am grateful to his Estate Executors. As a fan, if I lived in Wales, with Simmons on the bill, I would NOT attend. RIP Michael.
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