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Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

We're Killing KISS

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8/16/2011 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The promoters of the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert have heard fans loud and clear -- Gene Simmons, who has accused Michael of being a pedophile, and his band KISS, have been dropped from the roster.

There was a flurry of criticism after TMZ posted a story ... that Gene said last year, "There is no question in my mind he molested those kids.  Not a doubt."

The promoters tell TMZ, "We have listened to Michael's fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons.  Under the circumstances we fully agree that even though KISS is a band Michael admired we have no choice but to rescind our invitation to them to appear in our tribute concert."

The Estate had fired off a letter to the promoters yesterday, expressing their displeasure over KISS performing at the concert.

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16.

Slick    

MJ was a pervert until he died. Now, people want to put him on a (pedo)stal!

1130 days ago
17.

sfd    

So had KISS signed on the dotted line? Will they be getting a Kill Fee?

1130 days ago
18.

Kevin    

I'm betting this concert never takes place.

1130 days ago
19.

Terry    

Good for Michael!! Gene Simmons is a disgusting human being!!!

1130 days ago
20.

Donna    

TMZ, Oprah and the tabloids all have blood on their hands when it comes to MJ. To all of you idiots that insist he was a child molester - go climb back under your rocks.

1130 days ago
21.

ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff    

KISS is so irrelevent anyway.......nowadays they have to take any gig they can get!

1130 days ago
22.

wonderwomanofnewyork    

Gene Simmons never walked away from any attension!!!

1130 days ago
23.

mj fan forever    

AS IF THESE BUNCH OF EXPLOITERS GREEDY DID NOT KNOW WHAT THAT DISGUSTING CHARACTER HAD SAID!!! AND THEN GENE SIMMONS ALWAYS CONTINUED TO SAY THE SAME THINGS, NEVER CHANGED HIS INSULTING AND OUTRAGEOUS WORDS ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON!!! AND OBVIOUSLY ALSO DISGRACE GREEDY KATHERINE PRETENDED TO NOT KNOW WHAT DISGUSTING GENE SIMMONS HAS ALWAYS SAID ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON!!! THEY ARE HYPOCRITES, TOO!!! CLEARLY THEY SIMPLY REALIZED THAT WAS NOT CONVENIENT AT THE PURPOSE TO EXTORT MONEY AT PEOPLE TO HAVE THAT DISGUSTING CHARACTER AT THEIR DISHONORABLE CONCERT!!! GREEDY EXPLOITERS!!! ANYTHING FOR MONEY ---- ALSO SOME LITTLE CHANGE OF PROGRAM!!!! SHAME!!!

1130 days ago
25.

Bazahger    

Fora estes lixos Gene Simmons,KISS

1130 days ago
26.

BouncersSuck    

I bet all of the same people who think they know exactly what happened to Caylee Anthony, assume their pea-sized brains have magically put together the truth about MJ - did MJ commit a crime, or was it just poor judgement, which opened him up to extortion?

Oh you just KNOW the answers, don't you? You just KNOW!!!

Big Poppa

1130 days ago
27.

TJO    

Gene is entitled to his opinion on MJ. Was nice that they wanted to be a part of the tribute to MJ's music (his music was great) but KISS doesn't need an MJ concert to promote themselves. THey are the GREATEST band currently still touring/playing. Gene just said what 99% of the population thinks of MJ anyways. The family can go stick their heads back in the sand as they have always done. YOU TELL IT GENE!!!

1129 days ago
28.

Rogue Warrior    

"There is no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt."

Thank you for keeping it real Gene! I was one of your biggest fans back in the day and I would have been disappointed had you played in tribute to this pedophile freak show and his equally deranged fans!

1129 days ago
29.

Best Mom    

At last.....sanity rules! THIS IS TOTAL VICTORY FOR MICHAEL! He had enough back-stabbers in life....and he sure doesn't need them in death! Thank you to the Estate for acting on this so quickly. I'm so glad Michael had the vision and foresight to put some brains in control of his legacy and estate.

1129 days ago
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ladyofargonne    

This statement not withstanding. I hope I never see Gene Simmon's arrogant face again. Shannon has stood by his cheating butt for 30 years, given him 2 wonderful children and he still treats her like a hooker. Is she wasn't a good mom their kids would be in trouble.

1129 days ago
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