Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Jackson children hailed at concert

Ne-Yo performs at the Michael Jackson Forever tribute concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
12-year-old Brandon Wood dressed as Michael Jackson with brother Willis, eight, from Swansea, arrive at the Michael Forever concert
Fans arrive at the Michael Forever tribute concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

Michael Jackson's three children have been the guests of honour at a UK concert in memory of the superstar.

Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket took to the stage in front of an audience of 50,000 for the Michael Jackson Forever concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The children of the King of Pop, who died from a drug overdose at the age of 50 on June 25 2009, introduced a performance by Beyonce, who appeared via videolink from the United States to play the Jackson Five hit I Wanna Be Where You Are.

As they stood on stage, dressed as various incarnations of their father's stage persona, they were greeted by tumultuous applause.

Blanket, the youngest child, looked stunned by the noise and the lights but the elder two looked at ease on the stage.

Introducing Beyonce, Paris said: "She is always pushing the envelope with her boundless energy and talent.

"She carries the torch lit by our father and it gives me great pleasure to introduce this woman."

Later they took to the stage, alongside all the stars who performed on the night, to end the concert with a performance of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough.

Paris and Prince Michael joined in with the singing although Blanket again looked uneasy on stage, standing motionless with his hands in his pockets.

Beyonce, who wore her hair in a Jackson Five-style afro, revealed that the song she sang was the first song she performed with her former group Destiny's Child.

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