The sailing has been anything but smooth for the organizers of the planned tribute for legendary Miami singer/songwriter Sam Moore at the Jackie Gleason Theater.
The multi-artist musical extravaganza that’s supposed to feature the likes of Sting, Bon Jovi, Don Henley, Michael McDonald, Randy Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Phil Collins is now mired in controversy — and there is a serious doubt it will go on Nov. 21 as planned.
Joyce Moore, the show’s producer and wife of the famed musician, told Gossip Extra on Friday that she is considering postponing the show to “sometime in March.”
It was billed as the 80th birthday bash for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member known for his rendition of Soul Man and When Something is Wrong With my Baby.
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“We’ve been selling some tables for $25,000 per,” Joyce Moore says. “If we postpone, we’ll honor all tickets on the makeup date, and those who can’t attend will be reimbursed.”
The concert was supposed to benefit Moore’s nonprofit, The Soul, Arts and Music Foundation. Incorporated in Delaware in 2010, it promotes music education and history among inner city youths.
Thing is, another nonprofit with a similar name and Joyce Moore listed as a director was started in Florida when plans for the concert were being drawn, and Joyce Moore now says someone tried to hijack the event.
“I’m the producer of the show, and nobody else,” said Moore, 70.
Florida Secretary of State records show an entity called Soul, Arts and Music (without The) was launched in May by entertainment entrepreneur Patxi Pastor, the chief marketing officer for the city of Miami Beach’s recent centennial celebrations.
Pastor’s paperwork listed Joyce Moore as director.
That company was dismantled in August after Moore threatened to sue, she says.
Saying she has known Pastor for about one year, Joyce Moore added she had no idea Pastor started the corporation.
“I have no idea why that young man would do such a thing without my permission,” she said.
Said Pastor: “You need to ask Joyce about all of this. ... I wish them well. We were not a good fit.”
Meanwhile, Moore says postponing the show might have an upside.
“Big names have been emailing us to complain they weren’t asked to participate,” she said. “So, the lineup might even be stronger if we do this next year.”
Former Miami Heat superstar and current basketball analyst Shaquille O’Neal admitted to the lawyer of a grotesquely deformed man that he had nothing to do with two apparently heartfelt apologies to the man posted on social media and attributed to Shaq.
O’Neal also told lawyer John Hencke, who represents Jahmel Binion, that the apologies were designed to keep O’Neal’s sponsors happy, and not because O’Neal felt bad for making fun a man with a genetic deformity.
O’Neal’s deposition took place Nov. 11 at the Atlanta office of Carlton Fields, his lawyer. It was ordered by a federal judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by Binion in Miami.
Back in 2013, O’Neal grimaced for a selfie in his attempt to imitate a photo of Binion’s deformed face, then tweeted both photos to millions of fans.
Binion’s face went viral and became the butt of jokes.
“Shaq admitted that his apologies were solely to protect his likeability,” Hencke said. “And on top of it, they were drafted by his P.R. team. It’s outrageous.”