CARDIFF, Wales (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The company behind a controversial Michael Jackson tribute concert held in Cardiff, Wales on Oct. 8th has been placed into administration after being unable to pay outstanding debts.
Global Events LLP, the Bristol-based company behind the concert, was formed in March by film producers Michael Henry and Chris Hunt, both of whom subsequently left the partnership on the day of the concert.
The failure of the partnership left a number of unsatisfied creditors, including a number of members of the broadcaster's union, Bectu. However, the tribute show's venue, The Millennium Stadium, reported being paid up front.
The concert, which attracted about 50,000 fans, was controversial from the start, when the Jackson estate complained after the tribute show was announced that organizers for the event had never sought permission to use Jackson's music or likeness in connection with the event.
Other turmoil stemmed from the timing, amidst the involuntary manslaughter trial of Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray. The concert also suffered from a revolving lineup, with several acts such as The Black Eyed Peas and Jermaine and Randy Jackson pulling out of the event.
"While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honours our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael’s death," the two Jackson Brothers said in joint statement.
"In light of this, we feel it is inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and its promoter Global Live." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers