ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011
People & Places
UK kicks off
CARDIFF, Wales, Oct 8, (AP):
Three generations of Michael
Jackson’s family — with a few
notable absentees — joined an
eclectic roster of entertainers
Saturday to pay tribute to the King
of Pop, a celebration of the late
star’s life overshadowed by the Los
Angeles manslaughter trial of his
Participants urged fans to ignore
the criticism and planning glitches
that marked preparations for the
show in Wales, and to revel in the
about the con-
R&B star Ne-
kicked off the
show with a
Jackson “Billie Jean,”
some passable moonwalking. “It’s
not about the trial. It’s not about his
death. It’s about celebrating his life.
It’s about celebrating his music.”
The crowd at Cardiff’s
Millennium Stadium did just that,
roaring with approval as Jackson’s
brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie —
three-fifths of the original Jackson
5 — took the stage to perform
“Blame It On the Boogie” with
British boyband JLS.
“Can you feel his spirit in the
house tonight?” asked Marlon.
Judging by the cheers, the fedora
hats and the sequined gloves in the
audience, many could.
The lineup for the “Michael
Forever” show includes Christina
Aguilera, Smokey Robinson,
Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis,
Jennifer Hudson, Cee Lo Green —
and, via video, Beyonce.
The concert has divided the King
of Pop’s family and followers. The Dr Conrad Murray (also inset) is shown leaving UCLA Medical Center in this surveillance video introduced as evidence during Dr Conrad Murray’s trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson, Oct 7,
three brothers and sister La Toya in Los Angeles. Jurors hearing the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson’s doctor on Friday heard the physician begin to describe his relationship with the singer in detail for the first
were performing, while Michael time. (AP)
Jackson’s mother Katherine and his
children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and 9-
year-old Michael Joseph Jr., known
as Blanket, were due to attend.
But brothers Jermaine and Randy
and sister Janet have stayed away,
saying it is wrong to hold the show
at the same time as the manslaugh-
ter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. ‘He was my friend … I wanted to help him’
Before the show, Marlon Jackson
said he respected his siblings’ deci-
Doctor recounts Jackson death
“Each one of us grieves differ-
ently,” he said. “We want to cele-
brate the positive side of his life,
the positive things that he did.”
Jackson died in June 2009, at age
50, as he was preparing for a string LOS ANGELES, Oct 8, (Agencies): left the room. Murray has pleaded not room. The only sound came from because they thought they had already
of comeback concerts in London. Dr Conrad Murray says in a police guilty to involuntary manslaughter. If jurors turning pages of the 125-page found three bags filled with medical
His last hours are being relived interview played for a jury that he convicted, he could face up to four transcripts given to them. equipment, syringes and propofol bot-
in graphic detail at the trial of spent months trying to help Michael years behind bars and the loss of his The doctor’s story, interrupted tles in Jackson’s closet. Detectives
Murray, accused of giving Jackson Jackson with his insomnia, giving him medical license. infrequently by detectives’ questions, wouldn’t find the items until two days
a lethal dose of the anesthetic nightly infusions of an anesthetic until Emotional was probably his substitute for testify- after the interview with Murray.
propofol and other sedatives in the realizing the singer was becoming Jurors got about two-thirds of the ing in the two-week old trial. It offered Murray told the detectives he
bedroom of his rented mansion on addicted. way through the interview and will him the chance to describe his treat- always put the medications and equip-
June 25, 2009. Given two days after the King of hear the remainder of the interview — ment of Jackson without cross-exami- ment he used on Jackson away
Some fans have said it’s inappro- Pop died, Murray is heard in the more- and some of its most emotional nation. “because he wanted me not to have
Irish musician Bob Geldof performs
priate to hold the tribute show dur- on stage in Berlin on Oct 7. Geldof than two hour recording describing his moments — when the trial resumes on The interview made clear that detec- anything hanging around.”
ing the trial, but those who came to presented songs from his new album relationship with the star, the medica- Tuesday. tives knew nothing about propofol Smith then asked, “Where’s your
Cardiff said it was a fitting antidote ‘How to Compose Popular Songs tions he gave him and the efforts to According to a transcript released before Murray mentioned Jackson’s bag where those syringes would be
to the grim courtroom spectacle. That Will Sell’. (AFP) save his life. Friday, detectives asked Murray about dependence on it. When Murray said now?”
“There’s a lot of negativity in Murray’s account, in an interview his actions at the hospital after Jackson that Jackson had demanded “his milk,” “Oh, really?” Chernoff replied,
that courtroom,” said Ronnie Lee, a played publicly for the first time was declared dead, which led the doc- his nickname for the drug, Detective according to the transcript.
32-year-old truck driver from Friday, was so detailed and graphic tor to describe telling the singer’s Scott Smith asked, “Hot milk?” “I don’t have them,” Murray
Pembroke, Wales, sporting a People that Jackson’s sister, Rebbie, arose and
rushed from the courtroom during the
mother and children that the singer No, the doctor said. Murray then
described the anesthetic.
replied, before telling the detectives
exactly where to find the bags.
“Thriller” T-shirt. “This is a chance had died.
to say, ‘Thank you Michael’ and description of the singer’s death scene. Paris Jackson, the doctor said, was Jackson remained awake for hours Precautions
celebrate the music.” Murray sounded calm. As he neared worried about being an orphan and after returning home around 1 a.m. on During the interview, Murray also
Fans from across Europe gath-
LOS ANGELES: Talks between AFTRA the end of his story, emotion crept in. June 25, 2009, after rehearsals. “It was
and record labels have broken down. expressed questions about why her told detectives how he took all possi-
ered outside the stadium, where The American Federation of Television
“I loved Mr Jackson,” he told the father was dead. 4 o’clock in the morning, and then he ble precautions — keeping oxygen
vendors did a brisk trade in King of and Radio Artists and the labels have been detectives. “He was my friend. He “‘Dr Murray, you said you save a lot complained,” Murray said. “‘I’ve got and a pulse monitoring machine near-
Pop T-shirts and fedora hats like negotiating since August and despite opened up to me in different ways. I of patients, you know, you save people to sleep Dr Conrad. I have these by — and constantly warned Jackson
those once worn by Jackson. about 16 meetings, have been unable to wanted to help him ... I cared for him. with heart attacks and you couldn’t rehearsals to perform.’” that using propofol was an artificial
“Whatever happens in that court, come to an agreement. I had no intention of hurting him. I did save my dad,’” Murray told the detec- Jackson threatened to cancel that way to sleep.
we’ll never get Michael back,” said No more negotiating sessions are not want him to fail.” tives Paris Jackson, then 11-years-old, day’s rehearsal, so Murray gave him Murray said Jackson told him
Karin Kiewiet, 40, a local govern- scheduled. He added, “I realized Michael said. some more lorazepam. before he agreed to be his personal
ment worker from Emmen, Major issues standing between the two Jackson had a dependency and I was “‘I know you tried your best, but Over the course of the interview, physician that he might need help. The
Netherlands. “This is a good oppor- sides include health care and pension trying to wean him off it.” I’m really sad,” he continued, recount- Murray told police that other doctors physician said Jackson told him that
tunity for us to begin grieving.” security and transparency of accounting. The June 27, 2009, interview out- ing her words. “‘I will wake up in the had given the anesthetic before. he expected to sleep for 15 to 18 hours
The show has suffered teething The current contract, which covers side a noisy hotel ballroom gave morning, and I won’t be able to see my Defense attorney Ed Chernoff told the at a time.
problems, with producers strug- about 14,500 people, expires Dec. 31. police their first hint that Jackson’s daddy.’” detectives that Jackson was familiar Jackson had battled insomnia before
gling to line up top-name acts for AFTRA and representatives from Sony, death was not from natural causes and Murray’s account disclosed a long with how the drug was administered he came to Murray. Repeatedly,
the tribute, hosted by actor Jamie UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and most of that he had been given the powerful history of Jackson’s reliance on propo- through an IV and certain dosages. Murray said, Jackson talked of can-
Foxx and British TV host Fearne their subsidiary labels began formal nego- anesthetic propofol in an effort to cure fol. Murray said Jackson actually asked celling his landmark “This Is It”
Cotton. tiations Aug 15 in New York. Talks went his extreme insomnia. Jackson told him he had received him if he could “push it” through the comeback concert in London if he
The Black Eyed Peas pulled out for two weeks. After that, the sides met “He’s not able to sleep naturally,” the drug from doctors in Germany and IV himself and said he had done it could not sleep.
of the lineup this week, citing for another week in Los Angeles. Murray told the detectives early in the before.
Because they couldn’t reach an agree- then from a Las Vegas physician, Dr “He said he would not satisfy his
“unavoidable circumstances” amid ment, they met for a final day in New
interview. David Adams, who came to Murray’s The doctor said he did not allow fans if he was not rested,” Murray
reports the chart-topping band is York on Oct 5 — but still couldn’t agree. Prosecutors contend that Murray office and put Jackson to sleep for Jackson to do it. said. “There was a lot of pressure.”
splitting up. On Oct 2, AFTRA’s national board of was reckless by giving Jackson propo- hours with the anesthetic. Adams is At times during later portions of the In his account of Jackson’s final
Organizer Chris Hunt said that directors gave the union’s negotiating fol outside a hospital setting and with- slated to testify later in the trial. interview that will be played Tuesday, hours, Murray told of how he infused
despite the last-minute loss, fans committee permission to seek a strike out proper monitoring equipment. Adams’ lawyer, Liborius Agwara, Murray expresses his frustration that Jackson with lorazepam and another
could expect “a very, very spectac- authorization vote. They claim he gave the singer a lethal previously said Adams administered he didn’t know what other doctors drug, Versed, during a 10-hour strug-
ular show.” ``While AFTRA is not currently on dose of the drug and other sedatives on propofol to Jackson four times in 2008 were giving Jackson. gle to get the singer to sleep. At one
“Everything we’ve done has strike in Sound Recordings, the AFTRA the day Jackson died. to assist a dental surgeon. But by the end of the interview, it point, he said, he checked to make
been governed by one criterion — National Board has unanimously author- Defense attorneys say Jackson gave Murray sat next to his lawyers as becomes clear that Murray and his sure the sedatives weren’t leaking out
would Michael have done it this ized the Negotiating Committee to take all himself the lethal dose after Murray the tape played in the hushed court- attorney sat down with detectives of the IV bag.
way, would he approve, would he actions necessary, up to and including ... a
like it?” said Hunt, chief executive strike authorization vote,’’ according to a
of Global Live Events. “We’re try- statement AFTRA released Friday.
ing to do something worthy of one (RTRS)
of the greatest showmen of modern ❑ ❑ ❑ Marylebone Register Office before 30 McCartney’s partnership with Lennon family.”
times.” invited guests. in The Beatles in 1960s Britain produced The wedding will be followed by a
LONDON: Former Beatle Paul It is the same venue where McCartney some of the most famous and enduring reception held in McCartney’s back gar-
Several fan groups around the McCartney will wed for the third time on married his late first wife Linda in 1969, pop songs of the past 50 years. den, the paper said.
world have criticized the event, not Sunday when he and New York heiress at the height of the Beatles’ fame. Linda The Daily Mirror quoted a source close Shevell, 51, who is divorced, and
just for its timing, but for ticket Nancy Shevell are married in a civil cere- died of breast cancer in 1998. to McCartney as saying: “The wedding is McCartney, 69, are believed to have
prices that started at about $100 and mony in London, British newspapers “They have been given special dispen- in keeping with the way Paul and Nancy begun dating after his bitter split with sec-
for what some regard as an out-of- reported. sation by the council to marry on Sunday have conducted their entire relationship ond wife, former model Heather Mills.
the-way location in Cardiff, 150 The Daily Mirror and The Sun tabloids and have chosen what would have been — low-key, understated and fuelled by McCartney and Mills were wed in 2002
miles (240 kilometers) west of said on Saturday that McCartney and the groom’s former bandmate John goodwill. in a lavish ceremony at Castle Leslie in
London. Shevell, who posted wedding banns last Lennon’s 71st birthday for their big day,” “Neither of them want a huge fuss Ireland estimated by celebrity magazines
month, would be married at London’s the Daily Mirror said. McCartney Lennon made and the main priority for both was to have cost around $3.2 million. (RTRS)