Simmons' MJ Comments Get Kiss Dropped From Memorial Lineup
“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” said Kiss front man Gene Simmons in reference to child molestation allegations against the late Michael Jackson. “There’s no question in my mind that he molested those kids. No doubt.”
Those comments apparently have come back to bite Simmons as his band, Kiss, has been removed from the line-up of a Michael Jackson tribute concert being held on Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales. Upon the announcement of Kiss’ inclusion in the memorial, fans and media quickly began to point out to Global Events Live. Global Events Live CEO Chris Hunt acknowledged the error stating that the Kiss booking was an “oversight.”
The event itself has been the subject of a bit of scrutiny as well. It is believed that while MJ’s mother and other siblings have signed off on the memorial, brothers Jermaine and Randy have not due to the fact that the event takes place during the manslaughter trial of their brothers assumed killer.
In addition, fans have protested the the ticket prices of the event which start at $100. Making matters worse, Yahoo! has reported that an attorney representing the Jackson’s estate wrote a letter to to Hunt questioning whether or not the proceeds of the show would go to charity as indicated in promotions.
This is messy.