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Fans rock in celebration of Jacko

Mike Collett-White

Published 09/10/2011 | 05:00

La Toya Jackson rehearses for the ' Michael Forever' concert to remember the late Michael Jackson
La Toya Jackson rehearses for the ' Michael Forever' concert to remember the late Michael Jackson

TENS of thousands of fans rocked to the hits of Michael Jackson yesterday at a tribute concert that his brothers hoped would put the spotlight back on his musical legacy after so much controversy.

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The late singer's children -- Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and 'Blanket', 9, -- appeared briefly on stage to address the crowd and introduce a video performance by Beyonce.

"We're very happy to be here on this special night to honour our father," said Paris, dressed in a red leather jacket similar to the one worn by Jackson in the groundbreaking 'Thriller' music video.

The 'Beat It' star, one of the most successful yet troubled artists of the pop era, died in 2009 aged 50 while rehearsing for a series of comeback concerts.

The 'Michael Forever' tribute in Cardiff coincides with the involuntary manslaughter trial of the singer's doctor in Los Angeles. This fact has drawn criticism from some fans and members of his family.

Brothers Jermaine and Randy boycotted the event because of the timing, while sister Janet said it would be too painful to perform in Cardiff during the trial.

But it had the blessing of his mother Katherine, who was at the gig, and Michael's older brother Marlon said it should be seen as a celebration of Jackson's music.

The line-up featured Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Jamie Foxx.

Among the British stars appearing were Leona Lewis and Diversity.

Sunday Independent

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