Promoters of controversial Cardiff show “rescind invitation” after they hear Gene Simmons’ comments about the pop star following his death
Kiss have been dropped from the Michael Jackson memorial concert to take place in Wales after promoters were alerted to comments made after the pop star’s death in which Gene Simmons suggested he was a paedophile.
Global Live Events, who are running the show in Cardiff in October, responded to pressure from Jackson fans and the trustees of his estate. A letter from the management team told Global: “We were especially disappointed with the announcement that Kiss and Gene Simmons were added as one of the acts. Mr Simmons made disparaging public remarks about Michael Jackson after his passing.”
In 2010 Simmons told Classic Rock: “I knew Michael – but no matter what my fond memories and fond images were, with one allegation of paedophilia after another and another… oh dear.
“One musician quit after seeing boys coming out of the hotel room. You know, where there’s smoke there’s fire. There’s no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt.”
Now Global tells TMZ: “We have listened to Michael’s fans and are grateful to have been alerted to the 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.”
Jackson’s brother Jermaine says: “I’m appalled as all fans are. It doesn’t matter that Kiss’ invitation is revoked – this mishandling reinforces my view that the promoter is getting it all wrong.
“It also saddens me that my mother is being used to promote the event. Does Global Live really need an 81-year-old woman to prop up its event? They’ve mishandled this booking in the same way they’ve misjudged the event’s timing and the mood of the fan community.”
Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, was acquitted of charged of child molestation in 2005 following a five-month trial. The Michael Forever concert is due to take place at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on October 8, featuring Christine Aguilera, Leona Lews, Ce Lo Green, Smokey and JLS.