Part of line-up announced for Michael Jackson tribute concert

12 Aug 2011

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Some of the line-up for a Michael Jackson tribute concert set to take place in Cardiff has now been announced, fans of the singer may be interested to hear.

Confirmed for the one-off event at the Millennium Stadium are Cee-Lo Green, Leona Lewis, Craig David, Christina Aguilera and – even though we thought they fizzled out nearly a decade ago – Alien Ant Farm.

However, they did cover Smooth Criminal in a rock style back in 2001, so perhaps that's why they were approached for the gig.

Smokey Robinson, JLS and 1990s group 3T – which featured three of Jackson's nephews – will also be taking part.

However, anyone who likes the music of Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars may be disappointed, as they have all turned down a chance to play at the event.

"This announcement is just the beginning, we have many more to announce. This concert will unite various generations and musical genres, reminding everyone of just how amazing a talent Michael was," said Paul Ring, one of the organisers from Global Live Events.

While Jackson's mother Katherine and siblings Tito, Marlon, Jackie and La Toya have all voiced their support, Jermaine and Randy are reportedly not too happy with the idea of a tribute concert, branding it "inappropriate".

It is not yet known when tickets will be on sale or how fans will go about getting them, although some may find they are priced out – reports suggest that top-notch seats will be going for £240.

Jackson's popularity shows no sign of fading two years after his death. In June 2011, the jacket he wore in his Thriller video sold at auction for $1.8 million (£1.1 million).

Texan gold trader Milton Verret was the man who finally won the red and black leather coat, saying he is planning to use it to raise money for children's charities.

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