R&B acts Destiny’s Child and Monica, along with legendary performer Liza Minnelli, have been added to the lineup for the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Destiny’s Child will perform a medley of their hits during the Sept. 7 event, according to the show’s producer, David Gest, while Minnelli and Monica are set to appear at both shows, Sept. 7 and 10.
In addition, Jill Scott, who was originally confirmed just for the first show, will appear during both programs, as will Al Jarreau, who will perform with Quincy Jones & the Legends of Jazz at the first show, and solo at the second. Also appearing with Jones on Sept. 7 will be Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David “Fathead” Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, and Cassandra Wilson.
Here, in alphabetical order, is the full lineup for each night of “An All Star Tribute to Michael Jackson – The King of Pop”:
Sept. 7: Marc Anthony; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny’s Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; Whitney Houston; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & the Legends Of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David “Fathead” Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, and Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; ‘N Sync; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo “Rikrok” Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; and Usher (plus surprise guests).
Sept. 10: Marc Anthony; Mary J. Blige; Deborah Cox; Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil’ Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther Vandross; and Dionne Warwick (plus surprise guests).
As previously reported, Michael Jackson will also perform each night, both solo and with his brothers in the Jacksons. There has been some ongoing controversy regarding exactly which brothers will be performing, as Jermaine Jackson issued a statement last week claiming he and brother Randy had not yet signed on due to concerns over ticket prices, among other issues.
Marlon Jackson yesterday (July 24) countered his brother’s claims, saying Randy would indeed be taking part in a reunion of the original Jacksons circa 1975, which included Michael, Jackie, Marlon, Tito, and Randy. Jermaine is an original member of the Jackson 5 — which also included Michael, Jackie, Marlon, and Tito, but not Randy. The latter rejoined his brothers in the group 1984.
Regarding this publicly waged battle, Jackson family spokesperson John McLaughlin yesterday told Billboard.com, “[The Jacksons] are a family and I’m confident that their differences will be worked out.”
As first reported here last week, ticket prices for the event range from $45 for seats in the arena’s upper most level to $2,500 for select orchestra and loge seats. Other seats — all of which go on sale Tuesday (July 31) via Ticketmaster — will cost fans $1,500, $800, $500, $350, $230, $225, and $95. The event will be taped and edited into a two-hour primetime special for later broadcast on CBS.