Gigs & Festivals

Black Eyed Peas to play Jackson tribute

By | Published on Monday 26 September 2011

The Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas may be on hiatus, but they are getting back together for a one-off performance at that Michael Jackson tribute show that is due to take place in Cardiff next month.

Says “This show is going to be an incredibly personal and moving evening for me. Remember that Michael’s music, his great, great songs, have been an inspiration to my whole life and certainly formed the soundtrack to my childhood… One day about four years ago, with The Black Eyed Peas well established, I got a call from him I will never forget. I then had the great privilege of working with him and getting to know him and his beautiful family. That’s why The Black Eyed Peas wouldn’t miss being at the Millennium Stadium for this gig on 8 Oct; we all owe Michael such a lot. It seems plain to me that the real star of this tribute to Michael is going to be the music itself. And that’s the only way it should be”.

Also signed up for the Jackson tribute show at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium are Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo and Cee Lo Green. As previously reported, some of Jackson’s family and fans have criticised the timing of the tribute concert, coming in the middle of Conrad Murray’s trial over the death of the late king of pop. Some other fans also criticised the price of tickets, though they have reportedly come down in price due to slow sales.

I say the BEP’s set at the Jackson tribute will be a one-off return to the stage, the band will also play at a free charity show in New York next Friday. But that’s a show postponed from back in June.