Michael Jackson’s brothers prep for gig with AEG Live as wrongful death suit against company continuesJermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon Jackson are gearing up to perform at the AEG-owned Staples Center on June 30. A lawyer for the family says the brothers have no other ‘options’ as AEG owns most key venues in the music industry.
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Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine, left to right, are slated to perform at the AEG-owned Staples Center on June 30.
As Michael Jackson’s mother wages her megabucks war against her son’s “This Is It” concert promoter in court, the King of Pop’s brothers are prepping for a gig with the same company.
A lawyer for AEG Live highlighted the off-the-wall twist as the concert giant fights Katherine Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit.
The company claims it had no idea Jackson’s doctor was recklessly treating his insomnia with a hospital-grade anesthetic.
Michael Jackson’s mother is currently suing AEG Live, the ‘This Is It’ concert promoter.
Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon Jackson are slated to perform at the AEG-owned Staples Center June 30 — less than a week after Michael’s June 25, 2009, death anniversary — as part of a festival produced and promoted by AEG Live, the company’s CEO Randy Phillips testified Tuesday.
“For at least the third time since Michael Jackson’s death and the filing of Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit against AEG Live, Michael Jackson’s brothers, the Jacksons, have chosen to work yet again with AEG Live,” Marvin Putnam, the main lawyer representing AEG against the mom, said in a statement Tuesday.
“Most recently, they agreed to perform as part of the BET Experience scheduled to take place at LA Live later this month,” Putnam continued. “In fact, just this past week the Jacksons specifically requested that AEG Live provide them with a VIP suite during the BET Experience.”
Katherine Jackson has accused concert promoter AEG Live of negligence in the hiring of convicted physician Dr. Conrad Murray.
Putnam added that AEG Live has worked to put on concerts with Janet Jackson four times since her brother’s death and the filing her mother’s lawsuit.
One of Katherine Jackson’s lawyers said the brothers are simply dealing with a market reality: AEG has a stranglehold on key venues in the music touring industry.
Randy Jackson and Rebbie Jackson, right, arrive at a courthouse for Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live in Los Angeles.
“What are their options? Stop performing?” lawyer Kevin Boyle asked outside court.
“Hopefully they’ll survive their experience with AEG.”
The four brothers currently are on their international Unity Tour, which passed through Europe and Australia earlier this year on its way back to North America.
The upcoming concert is part of a three-day festival for BET (Black Entertainment Television), Phillips said, with other acts including Beyoncé, R. Kelly and New Edition.
“BET approached management to have the four brothers play the festival,” Joann Mignano, a publicist for the Unity Tour, told the News.