Jermaine Jackson's tribute concert for his late brother MICHAEL has been cancelled - because not enough big-name stars signed up to perform.
The show was scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria on 26 September (09), but has now been put back to next year (10) and moved to London after organisers failed to secure enough acts in time.
In a series of press conferences this week (begs07Sep09), Jermaine appeared to confirm a string of stars including Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole had signed on to perform at the concert.
Just a day later, Brown's reps denied he was involved in the gig, while Blige revealed she would struggle to make the show because she had prior commitments in Italy.
Cole also called time on her appearance - her spokesperson confirmed she was scheduled to be at an event in Memphis, Tennessee with the Dalai Lama on the day of the King Of Pop extravaganza.
Now, just two weeks before the show was due to take place, organisers have axed it. Instead, the tribute to the Thriller icon will take place in the U.K. capital in June 2010 - possibly on 25 June, the anniversary of his death.
In a statement, Jermaine said his brother had chosen London as the venue for his doomed comeback concerts this year (09) - and moving the tribute show to the city's Wembley Stadium will allow 70,000 fans to attend.
He writes, "I personally have spoken to many international artists and invited them to attend The Tribute and perform one of Michael’s songs. Several leading artists immediately agreed to participate in this unique tribute show. Many others told me personally that it would be a great honor to be part of this memorial concert for my late brother - an artist who influenced the music world like virtually no other.
"However, due to the short time frame involved it just was not possible for many of them to change their schedule so that they could be on stage in Vienna on September 26th... Instead of eight weeks we now have eight months to prepare and some of the stars who would not have been able to participate in the Vienna concert, but expressed their wish to participate in this event, will be able to perform live on stage in London in June 2010."
The show's producer Georg Kindel adds, "Maybe we underestimated these (scheduling) issues. It was very difficult to put up the show, which normally needs six months."