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Jackson tribute concert deferred

AN outdoor concert in Vienna that had been billed as the major global tribute to Michael Jackson has been moved to London and postponed until next June, organizers said yesterday.

They said they needed more time to put the show together.

Event promoter Georg Kindel and Jackson's brother Jermaine told reporters that too many top performers had scheduling conflicts, and they blamed the media for stirring up a negative atmosphere.

Yesterday's announcement came at the end of a turbulent week of reports that supposedly confirmed artists including Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole couldn't make the event.

Many invited artists had scheduling issues, and "maybe we underestimated these issues," Kindel said.

"The purpose for this show is to give something back to the fans ... we have to do this right," Jermaine Jackson said, at one point using a tissue to dab at one of his eyes.

Michael Jackson died on June 25 in Los Angeles.

The original plan had been to stage the tribute on September 26 outside a palace in Vienna. Instead, Kindel said, it would be held at London's Wembley Stadium.


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