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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


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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Dr. Conrad Murray's criminal defense team has nine of Michael Jackson's former doctors on their witness list, all of whom could be called at his upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial, is exclusively reporting.

In court do***ents reviewed by, Dr. Murray's lawyers list 103 people who could be called at the trial, including a nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee who claims Jackson asked her for Propofol in the weeks leading up to his death, but she refused to supply it.

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Among the doctors on the list, which includes Dr. Arnold Klein, is Dr. Neil Ratner, who toured with Jackson in 1996 and 1997. According to a CNN report Dr. Ratner would keep medical equipment which would monitor Jackson's vital signs as he was "under." Jackson allegedly had trouble sleeping and utilized the anesthesiologist to "take him down" and "bring him back up."

Ratner confirmed that Michael Jackson suffered from a sleep disorder, but wouldn't elaborate further than that. It's anticipated that Dr. Murray's lawyers Ed Chernoff and Michael Flanagan will grill Dr. Ratner about the specifics of his medical treatment of Jackson.

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Dr. David Adams, a Las Vegas anesthesiologist who gave Jackson Propofol at least four times for medical procedures, is also on the witness list. As previously reported, the defense feels "Dr. Adams is clearly relevant."

Cherilyn Lee, a nurse practitioner and nutritionist who worked for Jackson, and claimed in the days after his sudden death that he had asked her for Propofol in April 2009, was served with a subpoena to testify at the trial by Dr. Murray's defense team in May 2011.

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"Cherilyn is prepared to testify at the trial and tell the truth. Cherilyn has never spoken with anyone from the District Attorney's office. She was interviewed in the weeks after Jackson's death by the coroner and the LAPD. Cherilyn hasn't heard from those agencies since that time," an insider connected to the case tells us.

Jury selection in the criminal trial against Dr. Murray begins on September 8, 2011, and is anticipated to take several weeks to select a jury. Opening arguments are slated for the last week of September. The trial could last until Thanksgiving.

1072 days ago


The Estate fired off the letter?! Not Katherine, not Marlon, Jackie, Tito or LaToya. The Estate - the lawyers - found it improper. It speaks volumes about how much that part of the family really cares....

1072 days ago


Mama Jackson couldn't figure this out?

1072 days ago

Master Po    

Still waiting for one of you fanatic bozos to post a list of the books the fbi seized from neverland? I love reading about artful nude boys. Why are you ignoring my requests?

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1072 days ago

You people act like MJ wasn't a pedophile, I suppose you're the same type of morons that were on the Casey Anthony jury.

1072 days ago


Why would Simmons have wanted to be at that Tribute anyway? Seems hypocritical to think someone did something as vile as that and then want to 'celebrate' him. The man's dead; is there going to be a 'Tribute' to him EVERY year? Sheesh!

1072 days ago


KISS should have never removed their make-up ever in public. It's like a battle of the uglies. And in the case of Gene Simmons, he doesnt just look like a pig, he acts and thinks like one.

1072 days ago


MJ was a pedophile

1072 days ago

Just Me    

I'd wager my left and right nut that Gene has more than one underaged notch on his belt.

1072 days ago

The Neko Nation    

Looks like the drug addicted people of Michael Jackson are afraid of the truth.

1072 days ago


Both are HIGHLY appropriate.
Michael Jackson WAS a pedophile. A rabid one.
KISS should have been kicked off the tribute. NO ONE should celebrate a pedophile; least of all a group of money grubbing people who hypocritically sign on to tribute him whilst condemning him. How greedy for money can one get?

Sick on both counts...though more sick on Michael Jackson's part up until his death. Little Brown Pretty Young (boy) Things are now that much safer.

1072 days ago

I Chinee    

What ever you fans or who ever want to call this thing their having for MJ, I really would not call it a tribute. It's like where were was his family and all of these people when he was alive? MJ was an addict and he had some serious problems. A lot of people blame his whole death on Dr. Murray, but let's be honest here, he was just doing the job that MJ hired him to do. Which was to feed him that drug,both knowing good and damn well how dangerous it was and they took that risk and MJ died because of it. Leaving three young kids behind. Sad.

1072 days ago

Rob J    

Gene Simmons makes me embarrassed to be a Jew.

Incidentally, while my opinion is Michael MAY have indeed been guilty... the truth is, he was NOT found guilty, and I accept that.

I would never declare my opinion, especially of something that simply cannot be proven, as FACT - like d-bag Gene Simmons does.)

Also, I just cannot imagine MJ being a fan of KISS, whatsoever. Apart from the special effects in their shows. But musically, no way was Michael a KISS fan.

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