Quincy Jones is catching heat for a decision to remove references to Michael Jackson from his upcoming London show.
Originally titled, Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad when it was announced in February, the show was billed as a performance of three of Michael Jackson’s popular albums. The show’s title was recently changed to, Quincy Jones: Presents Soundtrack of the 80s. Defining Albums and Iconic Songs. The setlist has also changed, removing references to Jackson in the description and adding songs by artists like James Ingram.
The change in title and setlist follow on the heels of the controversial documentary, Leaving Neverland, which sort to prove sexual abuse allegations by Wade Robson and James Safechuck who claim they had sexual relationships with Jackson when they were young boys. A number of inconsistencies have been discovered in Robson’s and Safechuck’s allegations, casting doubt on the documentary. Concert organizers have not said whether Leaving Neverland played a role in their decision to remove Michael Jackson’s songs and references from the show.
Fans are not happy and are accusing organizers of false advertising, with some saying they were interested in hearing Jackson’s music, according to the BBC.
Scheduled for June 23, the concert will feature guest performers and a live symphony orchestra.