Whitney To Perform At Both Michael Jackson Tribute Shows...
Whitney Houston Added to Second Night
(Monday, September 10, 2001) At Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo
NEW YORK, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- ``Whitney Houston will join the illustrious line-up of
stars performing at the all-star salute to the 'King Of Pop,' MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS,'' announced producer David Gest (pronounced
guest). Houston has confirmed performances for both Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday,
September 10, 2001 at the all-star tribute in honor of Michael Jackson at Madison Square
Garden. According to Gest, ``Whitney is one of my closest friends and I am delighted she
will share this special occasion with Michael, who happens to be her favorite artist. They
will perform a duet together.'' According to Michael Jackson, ``I feel Whitney is one of
the greatest voices in the world. She could sing the yellow pages and I would buy it. I
absolutely adore her and am her greatest fan.''
The event will mark Jackson's first live performances on a mainland stage in eleven years
and the first reunion with his brothers, the Jackson 5 (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael
and Marlon) and the Jacksons (Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Michael and Randy) in twenty years.
The two evenings will be filmed as a two-hour primetime special for the CBS Television
Network to air during the 2001-2002 Season. In addition to Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5
and the Jacksons the line-ups are as follows:
Friday, September 7, 2001 (alphabetically): Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Ray Charles;
Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; James Ingram; Quincy Jones
& The Legends Of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David ``Fathead''
Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 'N
Sync; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo ``Rikrok'' Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears;
Tamia; 3T; Usher and many surprise guests.
Monday, September 10, 2001 (alphabetically): Marc Anthony; Bobby Brown; Deborah Cox; Missy
``Misdemeanor'' Elliott; Nelly Furtado; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil'
Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 degrees; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther
Vandross; Dionne Warwick and many surprise guests.
Chairmen for the event are: Alfred R. Berkeley lll (Vice Chairman, Nasdaq), Jeff Bezos
(Founder & CEO, Amazon.Com), Whitney Houston, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Liza
Minnelli, Leslie Moonves (President & CEO, CBS), Liam Neeson, Veronique and Gregory
Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and David Weild (Executive Vice President, Nasdaq).
Tickets for both the Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 performances
are sold out.
For further information contact: Susan Blond, Inc. at (212) 333-7728.
SOURCE: David Gest
NEWSFILE: 16 AUGUST 2001