Many followers have been demanding refunds
The organisers of Quincy Jones‘ upcoming present at The O2 in London have responded to criticism of the alteration of the gig from its unique billing related to Michael Jackson.
Quincy Jones, 85, has achieved an unprecedented 79 Grammy Award nominations and gained 27 Grammys, together with a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He’s labored with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Surprise, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, amongst others. He’s additionally chargeable for a few of the most well-known movie scores, together with The Shade Purple, The Italian Job and In Chilly Blood.
Earlier this 12 months, the legendary producer introduced that he’d be taking part in the basic Jackson albums ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Dangerous’ again to again at a present at The O2 in London on Sunday June 23. Nonetheless, final month he shared a brand new flyer for the unique gig the place the identify of the present had been modified – billing it as Reside In Live performance For The Very First Time: Quincy Jones presents Soundtrack Of The ’90 – Iconic Songs And Defining Albums. Whereas Jackson songs are nonetheless amongst these featured on the poster, it appears to be like just like the format of sticking to the three albums has been dropped, in addition to any point out of the ‘Thriller’ star by identify.
See the brand new and unique posters beneath.
Since then, plenty of ticket-holders have taken on-line to complain and name for a refund.
“How do I get a refund for my tickets to Quincy Jones on the O2?,” wrote one fan. “I booked tickets to see three MJ albums, not an 80’s medley a few of which I’ve by no means heard of! Costly to start out with, to anticipate me to pay that a lot for a gig I wouldn’t have booked in any other case is ludicrous!”
Nonetheless, the organisers have defended the change and argued that it nonetheless says true to the unique billing, and solely seeks to discover extra of Jones’ repertoire.
“When the live performance at The O2 was initially introduced in February, the central core of the present was constructed round Quincy’s work on the Off The Wall, Thriller and Dangerous albums,” a spokesman advised NME. “That has not modified. We’ve got in reality broadened the present to incorporate additional key songs from exterior of his work with Michael Jackson. This was to focus on the broader contribution Quincy Jones made to pop music within the 1980s. Consequently, the paintings was modified to mirror this.”
They added: “The present’s content material, which might be carried out reside for the very first time on this format, is on no account completely different to initially billed, as songs from these basic albums are on the coronary heart of the live performance.”
This comes after the controversy brought on by the movie Leaving Neverland. The documentary, which break up opinion when half one aired within the UK earlier this 12 months, focuses on testimony by Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, who each declare that Jackson sexually abused them once they have been kids. Within the wake of the movie being proven, Jackson’s songs have been subsequently banned on quite a few radio stations all over the world. A new Michael Jackson musical in the meantime, is among the many occasions in his honour persevering with to go forward.
Jackson denied any wrongdoing earlier than his dying in 2009, whereas his household and property proceed to struggle in opposition to the allegations.