Jackson’s tribute in Vienna will be televised globally

August 12th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by IBNS  

Michael Jackson Aug 12 (IBNS) King of Pop Michael Jackson’s tribute on the grounds of a 17th century palace in Vienna will feature will be telecast live to an audience of more than 1 billion all over the world.

The three-hour star-studded will be hosted next month and Georg Kindel of World Awards Media GmbH said that negotiations are going on with different TV channels over the broadcast rights, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The show is being billed as Jackson’s main global tribute, and the pop legend’s brother Jermaine is assembling the lineup of about 10 “of the biggest artists of our time.”

“Jermaine thinks maybe 1 billion people will watch the television show. It will be a very special evening for the millions of fans around the globe,” Kindel was quoted as saying by the Associated Press

According to reports, Madonna, U2, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston might be among the artists performing 15-20 Jackson hits on a crown-shaped outdoor stage in front of Schönbrunn Palace.

But Kindel said the lineup is still in the works. But he said that the event will be held in the second half of September and sale of tickets will start from Aug 20. The line-up for the show will be announced soon by the organizers.

“It will be about Michael Jackson the man and the humanitarian,” Kindel said.

He also added that a “significant portion” of the proceeds will be donated to several charities, including the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which helps patients who can’t afford heart surgery.

The tribute was originally planned for London’s Wembley Stadium on Aug. 29, which would have been Jackson’s 51st birthday, but that Jermaine Jackson decided instead on Vienna. The singer had been rehearsing for a series of London concerts at the time of his death.

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