Saturday, September 26, 2009
Jackson tribute 'badly organized'
The mayor of Vienna has admitted that the Michael Jackson tribute concert that was expected to be held in Austria's capital was badly organized. Mayor Michael Haupl told the city's council the show would have been "very interesting... had it been properly prepared and organized but it was not". Organizers cancelled the planned 26 September concert after struggling to find major stars to perform.
A replacement show has been planned for June next year, in London. Vienna authorities had initially agreed to subsidise the tribute at Schönbrunn Palace and planned to give organizers 600,000 euros (£550,000) after city experts estimated the event's advertising value to be around 35m Euros (£32.1m). But the funding was pulled on 11 September when the concert's organizers - led by Michael Jackson's brother, Jermaine - failed to present the "top stars" promised to perform at the event.