KISS dropped from Jackson tribute concert

Aug. 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. rock band KISS has been dropped from the lineup of an upcoming concert honoring late pop icon Michael Jackson, organizers said.

Jackson died June 25, 2009, at the age of 50. His doctor is awaiting trial for involuntary homicide for allegedly administering lethal levels of sedatives and anesthesia to the singer in an effort to help him sleep.

Katherine, Jackson's mother, announced KISS's participation in "Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert" this week.

However, the group was subsequently dropped from the lineup for the Oct. 8 show in Cardiff, Wales, after fans complained about how KISS front man Gene Simmons called Jackson a child molester shortly after his death, CNN said.

Although dogged by allegations for years, Jackson had never been convicted of any crimes against children.

"We have listened to Michael's fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons," Global Live Events Chief Executive Officer Chris Hunt told CNN Tuesday.

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