It has been revealed that two of the late Michael Jackson's brothers, Randy Jackson and Jermaine Jackson, are set to boycott the concert which has been organised as a tribute to the king of pop. The brothers claim that they cannot attend as it clashes with the criminal investigation of Conrad Murray, Michaels doctor.
Both Randy and Jermaine posted a statement on the Twitter pages, saying, "While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honours our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael's death... we feel it is inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and its promoter, Global Live.”
It continued, "Furthermore, the decision to proceed with this concert disrespects opinions and wishes expressed in the strongest terms to Global Live during conversations in April when this event was presented to the majority of the family as an idea already in its advanced stages. There will come a time and place for an amazing and deserving tribute to Michael. But we feel that the most important tribute we can give to our brother at this time is to seek justice in his name."
The trial against Conrad Murray is set to begin on September 20. Meanwhile the Michael Jackson tribute concert is set to take place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on October 8. A full line up is set to be announced next month, with tickets due to go on sale on August 3.