Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the Jackson family confirmed that [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] would be buried on August 29 — the day that would have been the late singer's 51st birthday. But it now appears that the family needs more time to prepare and has changed the date.
Initial reports suggested that the new date would be two days later, on August 31, but Jackson family representative Ken Sunshine announced on Friday (August 21) that the new date for the ceremony will be September 3, according to The Associated Press. Sunshine did not give any specific reason for the delay, although Jackson's father Joe said earlier in the week that the family had to make arrangements before the burial could take place.
The ceremony will still happen at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, and per a request from the Glendale Police Department, the Jackson family has agreed to cover all costs for the event, which includes money for police officers and additional security personnel.
Jackson's burial won't be the end of the tributes to the legend, who passed away on June 25. Tickets went on sale Thursday for the Jermaine Jackson-produced tribute concert in Vienna, Austria, on September 26. Though that concert still doesn't have a lineup, its official Web site reportedly crashed after more than a million people tried to buy tickets.
And on October 28, the Kenny Ortega-directed film "This Is It," a documentary made up mostly of rehearsals for Jackson's planned residency at London's O2 arena, will hit theaters for two weeks only. Tickets for the movie go on sale on September 27.