Sadly, we did see this coming. The Michael Jackson tribute scheduled for September 26th in Vienna has now been postponed. Yesterday, several artists came forward to deny Jermaine Jackson's statement of their involvement, leaving him with no performers.
So as a result, Jermaine was forced to issue a new statement with the bad news. He said, "Numerous stars were just not able to change their schedules to make a live appearance at the Vienna event possible."
He continued: "Many artists and performers who I have spoken to personally told me that it would be a great honour to be part of this memorial concert for my late brother. However, 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 26 September, therefore we decided, after careful consideration, to change the date of the tribute concert to June 2010 - just a few weeks before the first anniversary of his untimely death. Now we have eight months to put this monumental show together and not just eight weeks."
This makes so much more sense than scrambling to do it now! Plus it will mean so much more happening on the anniversary of Michael's death. Organizers World Tribute Productions, said all ticket holders for the Vienna concert would receive a refund.
In addition, the venue is reportedly changing to London. Spokeswoman Nina Elland told the BBC that discussions on the London venue were under way. "We need time to confirm the location. We are definitely moving to London and Wembley Stadium is our favorite location."
It sounds better already!