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References to Michael Jackson removed from Quincy Jones show

By | Published on Wednesday 8 May 2019

Quincy Jones

A Quincy Jones show at the O2 Arena previously announced as a live orchestral performance of three Michael Jackson albums has been rebranded to remove all mention of the legendary producer’s most famous collaborator. Now titled ‘Quincy Jones: Soundtrack of the 80s – Defining Albums And Iconic Songs’, the show will still feature Jackson songs, but also other 80s hits produced by Jones for other artists.

The event follows last year’s ‘Quincy Jones – A Life In Song’ show. Its announcement in February was notable at the time for coming amid fresh controversy around child abuse allegations against Jackson.

Questions were raised about the appropriateness of launching the show at a time when the ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary had highlighted accusations made by two men against Jackson. Wade Robson and James Safechuck both say that they were abused by the singer as children, although the Jackson estate says that their claims are discredited.

Previous references to the 23 Jun show have been removed from Jones’s social media and he is now promoting it with the new branding. Some Jackson fans have complained at the changes and requested refunds. Neither Jones nor promoter Senbla have commented directly on the changes.