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Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Announced, Set For October

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BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — The mother and siblings of the late Michael Jackson announced plans Monday for a concert in England paying tribute to the King of Pop and raising money for several charities.

The names of the performers expected to take part in the “Michael Forever Tribute Concert” were not released, and they will remain a secret until Aug. 3, the day before tickets go on sale.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports.

“As I was told the name of some of the world-famous artists that would perform, I knew it would be a show fit for a king,” Jackson’s mother, Katherine, said at a news conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel. “And so, if my son was here today, he would feel the same way.”

The Oct. 8 concert will be held at Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and is expected to be broadcast worldwide.

The event will benefit multiple charities, including AIDS Project Los Angeles, according to organizers.

“He is an entertainer that I feel that no one could ever stand up to or hold a candle to as far as his talent is concerned,” Jackson’s sister, La Toya, said. “With that said, I know that this tribute will be something that’s spectacular.”

Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009, from an overdose of the prescription sedative propofol. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and jury selection is expected to begin in early September.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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