Stars from the past and present are part of the line-up for a Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna in just over two weeks’ time.
Jackson’s brother Jermaine confirmed the performance of artists including Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Natalie Cole and Sister Sledge.
He said: “I am very honoured to be here and to have Vienna as the backdrop of this wonderful event, because it could not have been a better place, I feel.”
Up to 25 performers are expected at Schoenbrunn Castle on September the 26th.
Michael Jackson was a fan of Vienna, having visited numerous times. His love of castles was one of the reasons, and he often spoke about Schoenbrunn.
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Family and friends of Michael Jackson are preparing to say their final farewell to the iconic star.
He will be laid to rest alongside other famous
names in a private ceremony in Los Angeles in the coming hours.
Only his neareast and dearest will be allowed into the Forest Lawn Memorial Park as his remains are interred in a mausoleum.
The funeral comes 10 weeks after Jackson’s death from cardiac arrest brought on by a cocktail of prescription drugs.
His personal doctor is facing possible prosecution on manslaughter charges.
The sombre gathering will be in stark contrast to the mass outpouring of grief from his fans in
the televised public memorial in July.
His many admirers around the world will ensure his legend lives on.
Despite his death, Michael Jackson’s music continues to break records and inspire fans around the world. On what would have been the star’s 51st birthday, Mexico City staged the biggest-ever performance of the 1982 smash hit “Thriller”.
As many as 12,937 dancers performed together, crushing the previous record of just 242 Jacko-alikes, set in America last April.
The King of Pop’s birthday was celebrated around the world, with London among the many capitals showing Jackson’s music lives on.
In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the same notes rang out as two and a half thousand Parisian fans celebrated Jackson’s life. There was also a minute’s silence in memory of a man who revolutionised music and dance.
All corners of Planet Pop took part in what is probably the biggest birthday celebration in music history. Russian fans joined in, turning Moscow into an impromptu stage. Jackson’s death has been ruled homicide, and Los Angeles police are considering whether to send the case to court. Jackson died on June 25th, and will be buried later this week.
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The death of Michael Jackson is now being officially treated as homicide.
The Los Angeles County Coroner made the ruling, adding the singer was killed by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol and a cocktail of other prescription drugs.
In the United States, homicide includes the crimes of murder and manslaughter.
Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was the subject of a manslaughter investigation, according to warrants police used to search his office. Murray has publicly maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.
The police probe has focused on several other doctors responsible for the singer.
Separately, Los Angeles police have now referred their investigation to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file criminal charges.