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’N Sync Won’t Perform With Jackson

August 24, 2001

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NEW YORK (AP) _ `N Sync is saying bye bye bye to Michael Jackson.

The boy band won’t perform at the ``Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years″ tribute concerts because of a scheduling conflict.

Producer David Gest said `N Sync and Jackson won’t have time to rehearse their duet of ``Dancing Machine″ the way they had planned.

`N Sync will be rehearsing their performance for the Sept. 6 MTV Video Music Awards the week before the Jackson concerts, which are scheduled for Sept. 7 and 10. Jackson will be busy preparing his own shows, so they won’t have time to get together, Gest said in a statement Wednesday.

The concerts at Madison Square Garden, which will reunite the Jackson 5 for the first time since the ``Victory″ tour in 1984, also will include tributes to Jackson from Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Ray Charles, Britney Spears, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, William Shatner, Quincy Jones, Kobe Bryant, Willem Dafoe and Macaulay Culkin.

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