Following the tribute concert in Wales, Michael Jackson’s family have announced their next big-budget tribute show, to take place in Tokyo. Several of Jackson’s brothers will perform at the two-day concert, which will benefit children affected by Japan’s March earthquakes. “[I'm] glad to see them back on stage,” admitted Michael’s mother.
“If Michael was alive, he would definitely have done something to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan,” Katherine Jackson declared at a London press conference. “[He] loved children [and] he would have felt for those children who lost parents or homes.”
Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson – without Randy, according to his Twitter account – will perform as the Jacksons, singing “around 15 songs”. It’s not clear whether these will be drawn exclusively from the siblings’ old repertoire, or also from Michael’s solo hits. At Saturday’s Michael Forever bonanza, the three brothers joined JLS for a rendition of Blame it on the Boogie. JLS are hoping to release that team-up as a single. “We discussed some things backstage about the future and they want to take us out for dinner to talk further,” Oritsé Williams told The Sun. “It would be amazing.”
In addition to the performance by the Jacksons, the Tokyo gigs will include numerous as-yet unnamed Japanese acts. All merchandising profits would go to Ashinaga, a charity that benefits children who lost their homes or families during this year’s earthquakes.
Thus far, the Jackson family have been split on the matter of tribute concerts. In particular, Randy and Jermaine have expressed their concern about drawing attention away from the trial of Conrad Murray, Michael’s former doctor. Janet Jackson also refused to perform at the Cardiff show. While Murray’s trial is expected to be completed before the 13-14 December concerts, Randy, Jermaine and Janet have not offered their support for the Tokyo event.
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