The rock band KISS was kicked off the bill for “Michael Jackson Forever: The Tribute Concert” today after organizers got wind of negative remarks band member Gene Simmons made about Jackson shortly after his death, CNN reports.
The decision came just a day after the announcement on CNN that the band had been added to the lineup for the concert, which is set for Oct. 8 in Cardiff, Wales. It was reportedly made after Michael Jackson fans brought the comments to the attention of the concert’s promoters.
Said Chris Hunt, CEO of Global Live Events: "We have listened to Michael’s fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons.”
In the weeks after Jackson’s death, Simmons reportedly said he had suspected that Jackson was a pedophile.
Late Monday, a lawyer for Jackson’s estate, Howard Weitzman, sent a letter to the concert promoters expressing disappointment that KISS had been added to the lineup. "As I am sure you are aware, Mr. Simmons has made numerous disparaging public comments about Michael Jackson after his passing," Weitzman said in the letter.
Promoters said they had been unaware of the comments by Simmons when they booked KISS for the show, and apologized to Jackson’s family for the oversight.