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MJ Tribute Concert

8/16/2011 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The honchos in charge of the Michael Jackson Estate are threatening the people behind the Michael Jackson Tribute concert, claiming the promoters have sullied Michael's name and are possibly even ripping off the Estate.

Howard Weitzman
, lawyer for the Estate, fired off a letter to promoters of the concert -- set for October 8 in Wales -- expressing displeasure that one of the bands that will be performing is KISS, whose bassist, Gene Simmons, publicly accused MJ of being a hard-core child molester.  Weitzman wrote in his letter, "It was extraordinarily embarrassing when no sooner than you announced this 'news' that he would participate in your concert that TMZ posted an item noting that Mr. Simmons called Michael Jackson -- the man you are purportedly honoring -- a child molester..."

Weitzman also questions where all the proceeds for the concert will be going.  We're told Joe Jackson and Leonard Rowe are behind the concert, and they've always been quick to cash in on MJ's name.

And Weitzman suggests promoters may be running afoul of the law by using "intellectual property that is controlled by the Estate" -- which includes MJ images and his songs.



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Even in death they can't leave him alone.

1162 days ago

moe l.    

The truth hurts.

1162 days ago


... and it begins...

1162 days ago


Why is Joe even relevant to the family anymore? He's an evil bastard who made MJ the way he was. Katherine should dump his ass, cos all Joe wants is money... Hey Joe, go listen to Jessie J's song "Price Tag"

1162 days ago


Can't they organise sth properly? Geez they had 2 years to come up with this and didn't even sign the artists yet.

If Gene Simmons step on that stage, he'll be booed by the audience like nobody ever b4...what a sore loser...why would Simmons even wanna sing for MJ if he thinks he's a criminal????? What ppl would all do for money...shame on him

That tribute should be something amazing to honor the greatest artist of all times, but instead because of greed, it will just be an embarassment

1162 days ago


Nuke them all. Seriously. Nuk'em.

1162 days ago


All class. Like a pack of wild animals tearing apart a carcass.

1162 days ago


Joe Jackson is a s***bag! Why is he even near MJ? It's strange how no family member stood up and controlled MJ's estate besides MJ's money hungry father and mother. MJ's parents have been dressing like royalty ever on MJ's dollar. VERY WEIRD!!!

1162 days ago


There is someone in a website for their own city, their partner in the website, and then in reality firm date, and finally the aisle together
enjoy the husband and wife of loving. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff,

1162 days ago


The Jackson family are out for the money,
Kathrine is no better than the douche husband Joe. I feel for the kids growing up in that family-----------------

1162 days ago

The PMG    

TMZ, Gene Simmons is the BASSIST for KISS, not the GUITARIST. There's a big difference.

1162 days ago

juan lopez    

this is soooo funny. its apparent that tmz post articles surrounding responses by regulars. check it out...

practically all posts per articles later on becomes the next article. people are flying off about the claim gene simmons made against MJ. about MJ being a pedophile, and that he should not be doing this concert, how wrong gene is for saying what he said, and now doing this the estate gets involed. its like the estate listens to the people...

the only one I know listens to the people is MJ.

this is sooo funny

1162 days ago


Finally someone gets it, and it´s the estate!

Michael´s name should not be smeared like this. It´s inappropriate that someone who performs at the MJ Tribute Concert makes a remark like!

1162 days ago


Finally someone gets it, and it´s the estate!

Michael´s name should not be smeared like this. It´s inappropriate that someone who performs at the MJ Tribute Concert makes a remark like that!

1162 days ago

Max Smart    

There always so many melodramas with this ridiculous family. Gene Simmons should obviously withdraw cause I doubt his presence would be appreciated. Just the other day TMZ were reporting that Katherine Jackson and most of the family, excluding the two douche sons, were organizing it, with no mention of Joe. WTF? If MJ's mother and his children want a tribute concert, shut the **** up and let them have it. But Kiss should probably stay at home.

1162 days ago
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