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    Jackson concert promoters remove Kiss from lineup






    Jackson concert promoters remove Kiss from lineup

    By Anthony McCartney
    August 16, 2011

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Organizers of a Michael Jackson tribute concert dropped Kiss from the lineup after receiving widespread criticism for booking the band despite critical comments toward the late pop singer by bassist Gene Simmons.

    The announcement Tuesday came a day after Global Live Events announced Kiss would join the show planned for Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales.

    Fans, media and the singer's estate quickly noted that Simmons has said in recent years that he was convinced Jackson molested children.

    Some of the critical comments came within days of Jackson's June 2009 death.

    Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges after a 2005 trial in California.

    Some of Simmons' harshest comments came last year in an interview with Classic Rock magazine. "Well, you know, where there's smoke there's fire," Simmons said regarding accusations that Jackson abused young boys.

    "There's no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt."

    Global Events Live* CEO Chris Hunt accepted blame, calling Kiss' booking an "oversight."

    "Under the circumstances, we fully agree that even though Kiss is a band Michael admired, we have no choice but to rescind our invitation to them to appear in our tribute concert," Hunt wrote in a statement.

    A spokeswoman for the band was not immediately available for comment.

    It is the latest stumble for a show that is endorsed by Jackson's mother and several siblings but is opposed by brothers Jermaine and Randy.

    The brothers have noted that the show is scheduled to happen during the involuntary manslaughter trial of a doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death.

    Fans have protested ticket prices -- which start at nearly $100 -- the lineup and the show's faraway location since "Michael Forever - The Tribute Concert" was announced last month.

    Howard Weitzman, an attorney for Jackson's estate, questioned the show in a letter sent to Hunt on Tuesday, questioning whether any of the show's proceeds would be going to charity, as promoters have claimed.

    Kiss' departure leaves Smokey Robinson, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green as the show's superstars.

    From CNN.com

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    I like Gene Simmons attitude about life and his music. Smart guy, (well, he's a Jew born Chaim Weitz), and never has been high according to him.

    And yeah, I don't see KISS in the MJ special after calling him a kiddie fiddler.
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    Good move, KISS blows.

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    so the family of a pedophile doesn't like the lifestyle of a swinger?
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    Agree! KISS sucked since I was like, what, 12.

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    Gene Simmons was just saying what everyone else was thinking. Kiss was never a great act musically, but Simmons is a marketing genius. I'm a littlle sick of Joe Jackson running around cashing in on his sons' death in any way possible. Regardless of what you believe about Michael Jackson, I think everyone can agree that he was one very fucked up individual. I would go one step further and say more than part of the reason was his very fucked up family and his abusive father. What's interesting to me is that Joe Jackson seems to have found a way to take advantage of his son in life and in death.

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    Haha. I read that they had signed on to do the show and knew it wouldn't last. Not a surprise at all, still funny as hell though.

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    Gene Simmons = world's biggest fucktard





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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    Gene Simmons = world's biggest fucktard
    Who's worse, Lee Priest or Gene Simmons?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt James View Post
    Who's worse, Lee Priest or Gene Simmons?

    Gene Simmons by a landslide.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Smoothy View Post
    I like Gene Simmons attitude about life and his music.

    And yeah, I don't see KISS in the MJ special after calling him a kiddie fiddler.
    ditto...
    William F. Buckley describes a conservative as, "someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop." - and then proceeds to drag civilization back to times best left in history's dungheap.

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    A landslide? Damn. I know how you feel about Priest, too.

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    Wow, Prince REALLY hates Gene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Kiss was never a great act musically
    that I can not agree with, IMO Kiss had some of the best albums for their time. where I grew up EVERYONE had every single Kiss record and we listened to them every single day.
    William F. Buckley describes a conservative as, "someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop." - and then proceeds to drag civilization back to times best left in history's dungheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    that I can not agree with, IMO Kiss had some of the best albums for their time. where I grew up EVERYONE had every single Kiss record and we listened to them every single day.
    They were very popular when I was a kid, too. I only meant that the music wasn't overly complex or innovative. Mostly I remember how much my first girlfriend liked to listen to them while making out. Her entire bedroom was covered with Kiss posters. So you could safely say I have a mostly positive connotation with the band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Wow, Prince REALLY hates Gene.
    Fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Gene Simmons was just saying what everyone else was thinking. Kiss was never a great act musically, but Simmons is a marketing genius.
    1. Not everyone was saying it - I was not, and am not, and a lot of people think MJ was set up.

    2. Kiss was/is a simple bubble gum party band. Simple riffs and chords. Songs about parties, and girlfriends. Simple, but simplicity is needed at times.

    3. Yes, Simmons is damn good at marketing, and its Simmon's brains why KISS is still even remembered, IMO.
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