Can hundreds of thousands of obsessed Michael Jackson fans be wrong?
Before you answer that question, consider this: a coalition of 35 different Michael Jackson fan clubs has now uniting against an upcoming Tribute Concert scheduled for October 8th in Wales. In fact, they think this mega-event is ‘doomed to fail,’ a perfectly ominous buzzkill for anyone involved. Here’s their warning letter…
Open Letter on Behalf of Michael Jackson fans to Global Live Events:
Dear Messrs. Chris Hunt and Paul Ring:
We, as Michael Jackson’s staunch supporters and advocates, refuse to support the Michael Forever Tribute, planned by Global Live Events in October, 2011. Even with the withdrawal of your most recent performer, Gene Simmons/ Kiss, fans feel the damage has already been done. Your apology is too little, too late and does not solve the problems we have with this tribute.
Since the initial announcement, through fan sites and forums and a Facebook page (Fans Against Michael Forever Tribute) fans have voiced their concerns about this tribute. One of the initial concerns was how fans were treated on the Michael Forever Tribute Facebook page. The administrators were rude and deleted comments. Therefore, when the announcement was made that Global Live Events, in an attempt to qualm the media and the Estate, rescinded their offer to Simmons. Simply put, it is not the fans that Global Live Events is concerned with, but the negative media coverage, which in turn affects ticket sales.
From the timing of this tribute, in the middle of Dr. Murray’s trial, to the ticketing prices, to the obscurity over what charities will be receiving the donation, to the no-guarantee policy of performers, the addition of Gene Simmons and dishonoring, thus tarnishing Michael Jackson’s legacy was simply the last straw. With the damage done, it will be the fans who work hard to overcome this debacle for Michael Jackson’s legacy.
Please understand theat this tribute is doomed to fail now. Attorneys for the Michael Jackson Estate have written to you about their concerns, and now the Michael Jackson fan base has done the same. Do the right thing for Michael Jackson, and cancel this tribute.
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