October 8, 2011 marks a huge concert for fans, musicians and the music industry as a whole. For one night only, a tribute to the late Michael Jackson will take place in Cardiff, Wales. This potentially historic show for the “King of Pop” will feature big name artists such as Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Smokey Robinson. Tickets are already running at nearly $100, and I assume that price will only rise as the day comes closer.
KISS, the makeup ridden rockers from NYC, were also set to play at the Michael Jackson tribute concert until they were recently dropped from the roster. Apparently, KISS member Gene Simmons made a few snide comments about Michael Jackson’s molestation charges in an interview with Classic Rock magazine. Some of the most critical comments made by Simmons include, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire,” and “There’s no question in my mind that he molested those kids.”
Whether you agree with Gene Simmons or not, it’s amazing that the quotes from this one interview were able to spread so rapidly. I guess with the Internet, that’s just the way of the world these days. Sadly, now we won’t get to see KISS “Rock and Roll All Nite” to “Thriller.”