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September 25, 2009

Mayor: Jackson tribute not organized well

Vienna's mayor says the Michael Jackson tribute that had been planned for the city, then scrapped, was not well organized.

The concert to honor the pop singer, who died June 25, was to have taken place Saturday, but was canceled after several acts in the announced lineup -- such as Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole -- said they had no intention of participating.

The event, organized in part by Jackson's brother Jermaine, was tentatively rescheduled for next year in London.

The BBC reported Friday that Vienna Mayor Michael Haupl told the city's council the ill-fated event would have been very interesting ... had it been properly prepared and organized, but it was not.