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Black Eyed Peas

Sorry, We're OUT of the

MJ Tribute Concert

10/5/2011 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas have PULLED OUT of Saturday's big Michael Jackson Tribute Concert -- after promoters claim they have suddenly become "unable to perform."

The details are still unclear -- but the promoters just released a statement saying, "Due to unavoidable circumstances, the Black Eyed Peas will be unable to perform at this Saturday’s Michael Forever event."

Chris Hunt, the CEO of Global Live Events -- the company behind the show -- claims the show will still feature several other "earth shattering artists" ... such as Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green.

TMZ reached out to a rep for the Peas ... who confirmed the group is out of the show, but wouldn't expand on the reason behind the decision.

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mj fan forever    

PULLED OUT FROM A SHAMEFUL SCAM ORGANIZED BY GREEDY UNNATURAL MOTHER KATHERINE GREEDY STUPID LATOYA AND OHTERS TO MAKE MONEY AT MICHAEL'S BACK TRYING IN EVERY WAY TO STEAL FROM HIS LEGACY!!!! SHAME ON ALL OF THEM!!!!!

927 days ago
17.

Denver    

Of course they're unable to perform! They are HORRIBLE live in concert. They need auto tuners and other tricks in the studio in order to record so people's heads dont explode whe they open their mouths!

927 days ago
18.

3Storms    

Oh darn. The world will miss their artistically rich, intelligent, and complex song lyrics such as "BOOM BOOM BOOM WHAT UH-HUH YO YO WHAT YEAH WHAT BOOM"

927 days ago
19.

Sin D    

'Cuz they ain't really that good w/o all the lights and silly outfits. Biggest joke in the biz.

927 days ago
20.

TSIG    

The Jacksons and GLE want to keep all that Facebook revenue ($5 each from millions of fans in 100 COUNTRIES) for THEMSELVES. They don't want to fairly compensate the performing artists from the potentially tremendous Facebook revenue, and can you guess how much of it will be going to "charity"? Either NOTHING, or perhaps 0.0000000001%. I put "charity" in quotes because one of the "charities" is actually the TRUST FUND for Jackson's already wealthy children ("for their education" and for Katherine to use as she sees fit). This whole thing is a scam, people. I hope that no fan worldwide will reward these crooks, who have displayed so much disrespect for the fans, with the $5. Catch free clips on YouTube the next day.

927 days ago
21.

TSIG    

THANK YOU PEAS !!!

927 days ago
22.

TSIG    

NEWSFLASH!!! BLACK EYED PEAS BAIL FROM "MONEY FOREVER TRIBUTE"


Just when you thought the lies and deception couldn't get any worse, LaToya and her business partners Global Live Events have done it again!

It was noticed that the Black Eyed Peas mysteriously disappeared from the list of performers on the offical MFT website. Several ticket buyers expressed their concern on the official tribute Facebook page, but their questions about whether the Peas were still on the bill were ignored. They also complained that MFT was no longer answering the phone. Finally one person managed to reach them, and they DENIED that the Peas were off and CONFIRMED that they were still on!!! Now we learn that the PEAS have indeed BAILED on this fake charity "tribute" due to, according to GLE, "unavoidable cir****tances." BUT, GLE hasn't removed a photo and other Peas info on their official Facebook page -- it's still there!! Here's what one poster had to say about it: "mft please remove the quote of will.i.am from website and facebook as its not fair, you are giving people false hope and false advertising this concert."

Here's the offical statement from GLE on their "tribute" Facebook page:

"Michael Forever Tribute: Due to unavoidable cir****tances, the Black Eyed Peas will be unable to perform at this Saturday’s Michael Forever event. Chris Hunt, CEO Global Live Events, said: “It is with regret that we announce the removal of Black Eyed Peas from the Michael Forever bill, but I look forward to a great night with other earth ****tering artists. The event is really getting into gear and is going to be a fantastic evening for all”."


Tickets have now been slashed as low as $50, and fans are complaining that they've been reassigned seats that they didn't choose and they are essentially told "tough" by GLE -- there's nothing they can do about it.

GLE has confirmed that NO ADDITIONAL ARTISTS will be added to the lineup. Here's the final list of "earth ****tering artists" LOL!:

3T
ALEXANDRA BURKE
ALIEN ANT FARM
BEYONCE (PRERECORDED VIDEOTAPE ONLY -- NOT IN PERSON)
CEE LO GREEN
CHRISTINA AGUILERA
CRAIG DAVID
DIVERSITY
GLADYS KNIGHT
JACKSON BROTHERS
JENNIFER HUDSON
JLS
LATOYA JACKSON
LEONA LEWIS
NE-YO
PIXIE LOTT
SMOKEY ROBINSON

Various outlets are having "ticket giveaways" and are lying to people (probably at the promoters' instructions) telling them that the concert is completely sold out, when there are TONS of unsold tickets. They are probably doing this to create "buzz" so that everyone will purchase the pay-per-view on Facebook in over 100 countries for about $5 each. They are hoping that if people believe the concert is sold out, they'll want to check out this super-hot event. What a SCAM!!

LaToya Jackson was the mastermind behind this entire event. It is NO SURPRISE that someone of her character -- a person who deals in lies and deceit -- would create this kind of an outcome. Character is destiny, LaToya!

927 days ago
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TSIG    

More fan comments on MFT concert Facebook page:


"I live near millennium stadium they are doing anything to sell tickets as it's far from sold out, that's the word on the streets"


"Earth ****tering isn't even close. You're just ****tering fans hopes of even going to cardiff. MJ would have never even dreamt of letting his fans down in such an appauling manner"


"If this was a real tribute they would have made sure they organised this event in true MJ style. But they've failed on every single level. I'm fed up of their poor excuses"


"I think people should stop moaning and go and enjoy a bloody good nite. Can understand the anger at getting crappy seats tho."


"I am a massive Michael Jackson fan and obviously that's the reason I am there but there are certain artists/bands I wanted to see there seeing as Michael himself isn't going to be there and for me black eyed peas were one of them, they were true headliners and I now feel that there aren't really any true true headliners for a gig as big as this"


"I am not saying I was just there for black eyed peas but for me they were one of the main artists I was looking forward too so I am sorry Im a bit gutted but I think we are entitled to be considering this has come literally 3 days before the concert"


"So is beyonce still video link? Or has she pulled out too! The fact that the BEPs haven't given a reason just goes to show it was for ticket sales!!"


"i agree chloe just to sell more tickets - 3 days prior to pull with no reason (that ive seen anyhow) just says they were a maybe and not confirmed to me but hey ho the whole thing seems to be a mess right from the start when the count down hit 0 and you still couldnt get tickets let alone they let you know who was performing - i still dont think they themselves know lol"


"Y annouce BEP's as 100% confirmed just to sell tickets? It's a disgrace. Hope they replace them. Sham"


"It says alot for a group like the black eyed peas to drop out. And the only reason they r even sold out or even close is because they dropped the number of seats being sold for this thing way down. So sad. Michael deserves much better than this organization. I saw clips from the cirque show from the other nite. Now that is a TRIBUTE. SIMPLY AMAZING."


"Well are we surprised??? Of course NOT! This is a joke Tribute! in and out! In and OUT!"


"If this would have been a tribute fit for a king, then you would not have to beg people to buy tickets, in the way it's done now. See that the ticket prices are now slashed from £55 down to £30. Also all the artists, including some of the family members would be honoured to be a part of it and not asking to be paid. Yet again people are doing what they can to squeeze money out of Michael, while his fans and the prosecution are trying to get justice for him in court."

927 days ago
24.

janet    

Earth ****tering artists? TMZ who writes this crap. I still can't figure why this is in Whales? How much money are the Jacksons making from this so called tribute?

I would think a tribute would be from the Jacksons honoring their brother. Singing their songs his songs, reminissing and so on...Why not? It's not like they are busy.

I don't care what the media hype says. This was never one big happy family.

927 days ago
25.

Who Knew    

If they really wanted MJ to be honored they should have have a boy band reunion of Back Street Boys, Boys to Men, with Hanson, the Jonas brothers and any current boy bands. The concert could end with an all boy chior singing Where's me Jesus Jucie?.

927 days ago
26.

Vicky    

Well darn it all to hell!! What is even the point of living anymore?

927 days ago
27.

julieUSA    

Wait a minute, Cee Lo Green is an "earth ****tering artist"? These folks putting this MJ tribute to a horribly drug addicted pedophile plastic surgery addict are insane. I like Green, but earth ****tering? Not. And frankly, I'm sick and tired of the Michael Jackson money making tributes already. Give it a rest.

927 days ago
28.

TSIG    

I TOLD YOU SO !!!


Comment from MFT concert ticket buyer from official concert Facebook page:


‎"100 free tickets were given to my work place jheez desperate times. Let's hope this concert doesn't embarrass the jacksons. Fingers n toes crossed"


I TOLD you they were going to start giving these tickets away for FREE just to get bodies in that stadium in order to film a full stadium for broadcasting and their planned movie. When tickets wouldn't sell, they eliminated the Upper Tier and pushed all of those people down into the Middle Tier because they couldn't sell the pricier Middle Tier tickets. They're reassigning seats to try to make the stadium look full for the camera shots (and pissing off fans who bought tickets to sit together and now are separated, or bought tickets up close and are now way in the back).

WHY are they giving away tickets, you may ask? Because, as I've said before, this "one-off" concert to "raise money for charity" was ALWAYS little more than a loss leader for the Jacksons and GLE. What they're REALLY after is the potentially tremendous revenue to be gained from broadcast rights to millions of potential fans in over 100 countries (livestreaming into theaters, pay-per-view on TV and on Facebook), the movie they have stated they plan to make, the merchandise they have stated they plan to sell and also make available for sale on Facebook, and undoubtedly a CD and who knows what else. THAT REVENUE is their ultimate goal. It is NOT to honor Michael Jackson, it is NOT a concert for charity, it is NOT a concert for the fans. It is a concert FOR THE BANK ACCOUNTS OF THE JACKSONS AND GLE.

927 days ago
29.

COl.T    

How many damned MJ tribute concerts are there going to be for Pete's sake!

926 days ago
30.

Sunset Strip Dealer    

Black Eyed ****balls are easily the worst ******* joke of a band or whatever you want to call these pice of ****s.

926 days ago
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