Michael Jackson will be honoured in a special tribute concert in Vienna, Austria next month (Sep09) - with an all-star line-up performing his hits.
Rumours of a memorial gig have been prevalent since the Thriller hitmaker passed away in June (09) - with internet gossips claiming the show would be held at the O2 Arena in London, where Jackson had been due to place a 50-date residency.But Jackson's brother, Jermaine, has now confirmed they are planning to stage a massive concert in Vienna in the grounds of the city's former imperial Schoenbrunn Palace in September (09).Although an official date has yet to be announced, organisers claim to have secured a high-profile lineup of international stars who will pay tribute to the King of Pop through a night of musical celebrations. An official statement from the company behind the event, World Awards Media, reads, For one incredible night Michael Jackson's unforgettable music will be brought to life again. Some of the world's leading artists will perform Michael's greatest hits live in Vienna in front of one of the most fascinating historical sites in Europe and celebrate the life of the King of Pop.It had originally been hoped that the concert would take place on 29 August (09) - what would have been the star's 51st birthday - but bosses at the events company insist they had to rule out the landmark date because it would have been an extreme logistical challenge.Jermaine Jackson has explained the reason for the choice of location, revealing his brother was always fond of Austria and visited the country at least four times throughout his life.And he is delighted the arrangements for the concert have finally come together.He adds, I have invited many of the most acclaimed talents of our time and many have already confirmed to perform in honour of my beloved brother. I am very proud to be able to stage this concert honouring my younger brother Michael and his legacy. The Tribute is conceived to be an annual event to keep not only his unique music alive, but his spirit as well. Michael loved people and he also loved to help people and that will never be forgotten. His life was much too short, yet it was filled with many magic moments and lasting memoriesThe concert will be broadcast live on TV and over 85,000 fans will be given the chance to attend. Ticket sales for The Tribute go on sale on 20 August (09).