Gene Simmons will no longer be performing at the Michael Jackson tribute concert set for October after the promoters pulled the plug on KISS hard.
The rocker, who accused Michael of being a pedophile, has been dropped from the roster just one day after it was announced Gene would perform.
Just last year, the rocker said he was child molester, in no uncertain terms: "There is no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt."
The promoters now tell TMZ, "We have listened to the fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons."
"Under the circumstances we fully agree that even though KISS is a band Michael admired we have no choice but to rescind our invitation to them."
The star's estate had fired off a letter yesterday, expressing displeasure over KISS performing at the concert ... and criticizing the concert in general.
There is discord among Jackson's family members regarding the October show, which Prince, Paris and Blanket have expressed interest in attending.
Jackson's parents, Joe and Katherine, are helping put it together, while two of his brothers (and many fans) believe the event is inappropriate.