Cee Lo for Michael Forever, Kanye and Xtina say maybe, but Bieber says no
Celebrity-chasing tabloid website TMZ has reported that Jackson's mother, Katherine, has been personally inviting music megastars to perform.
They say that so far Cee Lo is the only one to say yes, Christina Aguilera and Kayne West are 'leaning towards "yes"' while Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars have "respectfully declined".'
CNN Entertainment are reporting that more line-up details will be announced today, as the family and Global Live Events attempt to steady the concert in the wake of cancelled announcements and fan denunciations.
This statement was put on the company's website earlier this week:
The organisers of the Michael Forever Tribute Concert are very mindful of the expectations of the fans, who have waited over two years for an event that will do justice to Michael's musical legacy. Some of the greatest names in music are already signed, and more are trying to shuffle other commitments to come on board.
Chairman of Global Live Events Chris Hunt said "We will be announcing an incredible line-up very soon. The registration period was put on hold because we want people to know who they are registering to see. Between now and October we will be continuing to add names to the line-up so more announcements will follow. Fans of Michael's music will get the concert they've been waiting for."
But reactions from fans on the event's Facebook page are sceptical: "Hopefully we might start getting the truth now. They are rapidly running out of options," said Jamie Smithson, while Sam Bol said simply: "Has this farce been cancelled yet?"
As I said in my original blog on this concert, this concert needs to deliver; there have been too many false hopes raised among fans of Michael Jackson over the months since his death. Concerts are mooted, announced and then abandoned. It would be great for the fans and for Wales if Michael Forever gets off the ground, and can sell out its 70,000 tickets. Time is running out, though.
And if you missed it, here's a great clip of Michael Jackson fans before his 1988 Cardiff Arms Park gig:
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