Anorak News | Las Vegas Blogger Races To Puts On Concert In Michael Jackson’s Name

Las Vegas Blogger Races To Puts On Concert In Michael Jackson’s Name

by | 15th, July 2009

vegas-jackson-showMICHAEL Jackson Watch: In which New York Times stringer and Danny Gans writer Steve Freiss prmotes Las Vegas Celebrates Michael Jackson,which he assures us is “dignified”.

Anorak’s Man in LA has the news:

The Las Vegas blogger, New York Times stringer, gay guide writer and noted comp queen who led the fight to prevent journalistic investigation of Danny Gans’ overdose death has moved quickly to be the first Sin City personality to capitalize on the tragic passing of Michael Jackson.

Steve Friess, who wrote earlier this month in the Las Vegas Weekly that “Michael Jackson’s untimely death was the best thing that could ever have happened to Michael Jackson’s music,” is producing and promoting a concert at the Palms Hotel & Casino on August 29th called “Las Vegas Celebrates Michael Jackson.”

According to Friess’ website, the show at the Pearl concert venue will celebrate “the music of the King of Pop on the occasion of his 51st birthday” and is “a benefit concert to raise money for music education in public schools.

“My partner in this venture, ‘Jersey Boys’ star Erich Bergen, is really the visionary behind all of this as well as the true MJ die-hard, but I jumped in because it seemed like a terrific, timely and dignified way to use this pop-culture moment to do some real good.”

Friess is promoting the show with a separate website and on Facebook. He has not announced ticket prices, talent, or what charities will benefit, though he claims: “Every dime is going to the causes we choose — VH1’s Save the Music Foundation is the leading contender at this point.”

I’m just going to come right out and say it:
Michael Jackson’s untimely death
was the best thing that could ever
have happened to Michael Jackson’s music – Steve Friess, Las Vegas Weekly

Tabloid Baby has contacted Friess several times in an effort to determine what charities will be benefited by the show, the details of his relationship with the Palms (site of his unofficial marriage to and honeymoon with local TV news executive Miles Smith), and whether he finds it unusual for a New York Times reporter to be sponsoring such an event (especially after his aggressive stand against “exploiting” Danny Gans).

He has not responded, beyond referring to our reporter as a “stalker extraordinaire.”

Still unclear is why Friess would want to honor Michael Jackson. Last week, Friess floated a story by Gans’ manager Chip Lightman that Jackson’s brothers were angling to take over Gans’ spot at Steve Wynn’s Encore Theatre. Last month, he wrote an astounding column in the Weekly that commended his fellow local journos for avoiding coverage of the mysterious death of Strip headliner Gans, noting that “in Las Vegas, when left to our own devices, we do things a little differently.”



Michael Jackson’s Body Is Moving
Michael Jackson Didn’t Speak For A Month Before He Died
Michael Jackson’s Gay Lover Lawrence Tells All
Pictures Of Michael Jackson In Heaven
Michael Jackson Murder: Killers Named
Michael Jackson Murder: Officer La Toya Jackson Investigates
The Michael Jackson Thriller Vibrator
British Tabloids Confirm Michael Jackson Was Murdered
The Best And Worst Michael Jackson Tributes
Pictures Of Paris Jackson’s Father
The Most Controversial Michael Jackson Pictures
Michael Jackson Plate With Gold Rimming
Michael Jackson Funeral In Pictures
Michael Jackson Stole Elizabeth Taylor’s Funeral
Jordy Chandler Killed Michael Jackson In 1993
Michael Jackson Funeral Schedule And Concert Details
Michael Jackson Attraction: The Ten Best Neverland Experiences
Michael Jackson’s Last Will In Full
Michael Jackson Presents More World’s Best Misspelled Tattoos
Michael Jackson’s 50 London Concerts Will Go Ahead – thanks Diana!
Michael Jackson Memorial Tattoos: Gallery
OK! Pays $500,000 For Picture Of Dying Michael Jackson
The Ten Best Michael Jackson Conspiracy Theories
Michael Jackson Dies Without His Nose On
Michael Jackson Wanted Muslim Burial
The Real Story Of How Michael Jackson Died
Michael Jackson Funeral Guest List: Pictures
The Best Michael Jackson Cover Versions

Posted: 15th, July 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts Comment | TrackBack | Permalink