Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Planned For October

This year marks what would have been the 40th annversary of Michael Jackson’s career as a solo artist, and though MJ is no longer with us, we’ll still be able to celebrate in style. The Jackson family has announced a tribute show in honor of the King of Pop slated for this Fall. The concert, called Michael Forever, will be held October 8 at the 75,000-capacity Millennium Stadium in Wales.

Though no performers have been named yet, the show will feature artists Jackson admired. “When I was told some of the names of the artists performing, I knew it would be fit for a king,” said Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, at a press conference in Beverly Hills. She was joined by her sons Tito, Jackie and Marlon and daughter LaToya.

Missing from the press event were Michael’s brother Randy and Jermaine, who are not on board with the concert. In a statement, the two said, “While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honors our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael’s death. As everyone knows, those proceedings commence September 20.”

Janet Jackson was also not in attendance, though no reason was given for her absence.

The lineup will be announced on August 3. We bet Chris Brown is crossing his fingers for an invite.

[Via MTV]