'N Sync Drops Out Of Jacko Tribute

Owing to a scheduling conflict requiring its members to rehearse for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, 'N Sync has pulled out of its planned appearance at a Sept. 7 Michael Jackson tribute concert

Owing to a scheduling conflict requiring its members to rehearse for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, 'N Sync has pulled out of its planned appearance at a Sept. 7 Michael Jackson tribute concert in New York.

"Due to scheduling conflicts, Michael Jackson and 'N Sync will not have time to rehearse the 'Dancing Machine' number with the Jacksons in the way Michael planned to present it," tribute producer David Gest said in a statement. "The two schedules just conflict and 'N Sync will not be in New York prior to [the MTV rehearsals]. Michael looks forward to working with 'N Sync in the future as he is a very big fan of the group."

As previously reported, Jackson will be at the center of two star-studded tribute concerts Sept. 7 and 10 at Madison Square Garden. Along with dozens of musical performers -- including Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, 98 Degrees, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, and Usher -- scores of celebrity presenters will also be on hand. The latest to be announced, actor/comedian Chris Tucker ("Rush Hour 2"), joins such luminaries as Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Samuel L. Jackson, and Shaquille O'Neal on the bill.

In addition, the event's chairpersons will host a champagne & caviar dinner in Jackson's honor at the storied Tavern on the Green restaurant in New York's Central Park following the Sept. 7 concert. The committee of chairpersons is made up of Houston, Taylor, Minnelli, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sean Lennon, actor Liam Neeson, actor Gregory Peck and his wife Veronique, Nasdaq executive VP David Weild, Nasdaq vice chairman Alfred R. Berkeley III, Amazon.com founder/CEO Jeff Bezos, and CBS president/CEO Leslie Moonves.

In other news, Jackson 5/Jacksons member Randy Jackson on Tuesday admitted he committed bankruptcy fraud by failing to list a sport utility vehicle when filing his claim. In an agreement filed in Los Angeles, Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement, said Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Klein.

The 39-year-old entertainer is scheduled to appear Sept. 24 in federal court. He could be sentenced to as many as five years in prison but prosecutors are recommending that he receive probation and pay $21,100, the value of the SUV.

Randy Jackson filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 17, 1996. In a subsequent filing, which required him to list all the vehicles he owned, authorities said he mentioned his 1989 LaForza, but not his 1995 Chevrolet Suburban.

Randy will join his siblings in the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons at both of Michael's tribute concerts. Early on, his participation in the event was called into question in a statement issued by brother Jermaine, but was later confirmed by brother Marlon. Jermaine also eventually signed on to the celebration in his brother's honor.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y. & AP




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