Organisers of the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales have dropped rock band Kiss from the line-up. The news comes after Jackson's estate threatening the promoters with legal action, claiming those behind the event in Wales were taking advantage of the singer's name and expressing their displeasure at the concert line-up, reports the Associated Press.
Howard Weitzman, the lawyer of the Estate, sent a letter to the promoters highlighting concerns that Gene Simmons group had been booked to play at the concert to be held at the Millennium Stadium. The band's bassist allegedly accused Jackson of being a child molester. In his letter, Weitzman wrote, "It was extraordinarily embarrassing when no sooner than you announced this 'news' that he would participate in your concert that Tmz posted an item noting that Mr. Simmons called Michael Jackson - the man you are purportedly honoring - a child molester". Global Events Live Ceo Chris Hunt accepted the blame and dropped Kiss from the line-up on Tuesday (16th August 2011), calling the booking an "oversight". Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 after a hugely-publicised trial that lasted five months.
The 'Michael Jackson Tribute Concert', taking place on 8th October, will be headlined by Christina Aguilera. Other acts set to perform include Michael's close friend Smokey Robinson, British songstress Leona Lewis, Cee-Lo Green and boy-band JLS.