Organizers cancel Jackson Vienna tribute concert

Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:25pm EDT
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By Petra Spescha

VIENNA (Reuters) - A Michael Jackson tribute concert planned in Vienna this month has been canceled and the event will be staged in Britain next year, organizers said on Friday.

Michael's brother Jermaine Jackson had struggled to get R&B stars Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown and veteran singer Natalie Cole to confirm they could perform at the September 26 concert.

"Due to the short time frame it was not possible for many of them to change their schedule so that they could be on stage in Vienna on September 26, therefore we decided, after careful consideration, to change the date of the tribute concert to the summer 2010," Jermaine Jackson said in a statement issued in London.

World Awards Media, who are promoting the event, said in a joint statement with Jermaine Jackson that the exact venue in Britain and the date would be announced shortly.

Jermaine Jackson said many artists had wanted to join the tribute to his brother and that Britain was a fitting venue as Michael had been planning a series of concerts there.

Organizer Georg Kindel earlier blamed negative treatment by the Austrian media for the cancellation and told reporters that the tribute would be held at Wembley Stadium in London in June 2010, to mark the first anniversary of Jackson's death.

"The artists were disrespectfully treated as B-list artists by the media," Kindel said, adding that tickets for the Vienna concert will be refunded.

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