Jermaine Jackson explains gig opposition
- 16 September 2011
- From the section Front Page
Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine has explained his criticism of a forthcoming concert organised in tribute to the late star.
Michael Forever, a show supported by Michael's mother Katherine, is to take place in Cardiff on 8 October.
Speaking to Newsbeat Jermaine Jackson criticised the timing of the concert which will clash with the trial of Dr Conrad Murray.
"It's bad timing because it's two weeks into the trial," he said.
"It's good to celebrate, good to keep the legacy alive, but everything has its time."
The concert is to feature performances from Christina Aguilera, JLS, Ne-Yo, Leona Lewis and Beyonce - who will perform via satellite link up.
Last month, the organiser of the Michael Jackson tribute concert, Chris Hunt, defended the event saying that he has the "overwhelming majority" of the Jackson family behind him.
He told Newsbeat: "The notion that an event which reminds people just how fantastic Michael Jackson was, what a loss he was to the world, what a great singer, a great performer he was, should be inappropriate - it doesn't compute, it doesn't make sense."
But Jermaine has hit back.
He said: "We're all focused on getting justice for Michael, the best tribute we can do for him is getting justice and making sure we get justice as a family as to what happened."
Dr Conrad Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter. He denies he gave the singer an overdose of an anaesthetic which killed him.