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    10/08/2001 Access Hollywood Updates On Rehearsals

    Today, Access Hollywood showed footage of the Jackson brothers going into the hollywood studio yesterday to have their rehearsal for the tribute concerts. All the brothers, except Michael, were shown on camera, but they said Michael was there. He must have snuck in the back way. Jermaine Jackson gave a thumbs up sign as he was going in. Marlon spoke to Access Hollywood and said there was never any feuds going on between the brothers. I noticed that Access Hollywood is the only show that has updates on the tribute concerts.

    Source: EOnline

    10/08/2001 Original Jackson 5 to Reunite at Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years

    NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The original Jackson 5 will reunite with Jermaine to perform at the all-star salute to the 'King Of Pop,' MICHAEL JACKSON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, THE SOLO YEARS at Madison Square Garden on Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001," announced producer David Gest (pronounced guest). According to Gest, "Jermaine was always an integral part of the Jackson 5. I am delighted he has signed his contract and will be joining his brothers: Michael, Jackie, Marlon, Tito and Randy for these very special evenings. Personally, all the brothers and I have been friends since our early teens and it is very gratifying that a dream will become reality as we celebrate these events together. Michael is extremely happy that all his brothers, the original Jackson 5 and the original Jacksons, will be involved in these milestone events."

    The events will mark Jackson's first live performances on a mainland stage in eleven years and the first reunion with his brothers, the Jackson 5 (Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Michael and Jermaine) and The Jacksons (Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Michael and Randy), in twenty years. The two evenings will be filmed as a two-hour primetime special for the CBS Television Network to air during the 2001-2002 Season. In addition to Michael Jackson the Jackson 5 and The Jacksons the line-ups are as follows:

    Friday, September 7, 2001 (alphabetically): Marc Anthony; Ray Charles; Deborah Cox; Destiny's Child; Gloria Estefan; Billy Gilman; Whitney Houston; James Ingram; Quincy Jones & The Legends Of Jazz including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry & Cassandra Wilson; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; *NSYNC; Jill Scott; Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent & Rayvon; Britney Spears; Tamia; 3T; Usher and many surprise guests.

    Monday, September 10, 2001 (alphabetically): Marc Anthony; Deborah Cox; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott; Nelly Furtado; Gloria Gaynor; Al Jarreau; Gladys Knight; Lil' Romeo; Ricky Martin; Liza Minnelli; Monica; Mya; 98 Degrees; Jill Scott; Usher; Luther Vandross; Dionne Warwick and many surprise guests.

    Chairmen for the event are: Alfred R. Berkeley III (Vice Chairman, Nasdaq), Jeff Bezos (Founder & CEO, Amazon.Com), Whitney Houston, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono Lennon, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Moonves (President & CEO, CBS), Liam Neeson, Veronique and Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and David Weild (Executive Vice President, Nasdaq).

    For further information contact: Susan Blond, Inc. at (212) 333-7728.

    Source: Susan Blond Inc

    08/08/01 Jackson Practices His E-Business ABCs

    If you haven't heard much about Jackie Jackson lately, that's because the oldest brother of the Jackson Five has been busy raising kids (a daughter, 19, and son, 23) and putting together a company that includes the official Web site for the Jackson Five.

    There's no shortage of fan pages for the Jacksons, and if you're looking for dirt, those will no doubt yield more than the official site. But Jackie, 50, promises that he'll deliver "all kinds of family trivia — personal letters and journals, letters to the band. There's going to be a lot of interesting things about J5."

    The site is part of Jackie's new business, Futurist Entertainment. It includes a new record label, Jesco Records (rap, hip-hop and R&B) and merchandise for both the Jackson Five and Jesco. He's also developing a film and TV division, and a set of animated characters called the Swirly 5 — "intergalactic hip-hop aliens who come to Earth to rock the world."

    For those who want all Jacksons, all the time, Futurist Entertainment is holding a ticket giveaway for the Sept. 7 Michael Jackson concert in New York, which features a reunion of the Jackson brothers. "I'm excited," Jackie says. "I haven't performed in a long time. I went to see Janet three weeks ago. She was so great on stage, it brought tears to my eyes." But "it kind of scared me a little."

    Source: USA Today

    04/08/01 Jackie On Extra

    Jackie was on Extra yesterday and talked about the upcoming J reunion, Futurist Entertainment and the new J5 site. Here is the article:

    They first rocked our world back in the late 60's, working their musical magic along with defining the true meaning of "cool.” Coming in September, the Jackson brothers will be back with Michael included.

    For the 1st time since their "Victory" tour almost 20 years ago, comes the Jackson 5 revival. The super-stars of the 70's re-unite at the "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration.”

    Jackie Jackson admits it didn't sound like a "pure" reunion after brother Jermaine announced he was bowing out -- complaining ticket prices were too high -- and no charities were benefiting. But now Jackie sets the record straight on Jermaine.

    “Yes he will (be performing). He's just going through something right now. But he is going to be involved in the show. He just made a statement. He made the wrong kind of statement."

    Jackie Jackson has a lot to smile about these days. The Jackson 5 is also finishing up a brand new album. He says, “We felt that it's time to do another record with all the brothers because people have wanted that for a long, long time.”

    To help make more sweet music, Jackie's running Futurist Entertainment, Inc. As chairman and CEO, Jackie's multimedia company has a record label and has signed talent like two-time Grammy winning producer Stevie J.

    And on August 7th, Jackie will be launching the official Jackson 5 website. He says, “There are lot of websites out there and I just want to tell people the truth about certain things. It gives you a lot of history and trivia, lots of photos that have never been seen before.” The site is also giving away free tickets for that sold-out Jackson 5 reunion bash.

    Click here to see a RealVideo of the interview!

    Source: Extra

    03/08/2001 Action On Jackson Concert Front

    Tonight's "Extra" (7 p.m./Ch. 4) has an exclusive interview with Jackie Jackson - who confirms that all of the Jackson sibs will participate in Michael Jackson's first concert in 11 years.

    "So far right now, it's going to be everybody," he says, adding that a new "Jackson 5" album will be released soon. "We have done maybe about four songs already," he says. "You can tell it's time, you can feel it in the air."

    Jackson disputes previous claims that his brother, Jermaine Jackson, refused to perform because of the concerts' high ticket prices (reportedly between $1,500 to $2,000) and the little emphasis placed on the family to donate their earnings to charity.

    "[Jermaine's] just going through something right now but he will be involved in the show," he says. "He just made a statement. I think it was the wrong kind of statement. He's very supportive of Michael, loves him and is going to be involved."

    Michael's 30th Anniversary Celebration kicks off this fall.

    Source: Page Six

    25/07/01 Michael Jackson Reunion Concert Thrown Into Doubt

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Michael Jackson's upcoming reunion performance with his five brothers was thrown into doubt on Friday after two siblings -- Jermaine and Randy -- complained publicly about ``exorbitant ticket prices'' being charged for the event.

    The first regrouping of all six Jackson brothers on stage since their 1984 ``Victory Tour'' had been planned as part of a two-concert, all-star tribute to Michael Jackson in September, celebrating his 30 years as a solo artist.

    Tickets for the Sept. 7 and Sept. 10 shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden are reportedly carrying a face value of up to $2,500. ``The exorbitant ticket prices being charged by the promoters will prevent some of our most loyal and true fans from attending the shows,'' Jermaine and Randy Jackson said in an open letter to the media circulated on Friday. ``Further, it is almost embarrassing that no charities have been named to benefit from this most momentous occasion.''

    The letter notes that Jermaine Jackson has not signed a contract to appear in the show but insists ``there is no rift between Michael and any of his family members'' and that he has their ``unfailing support.''

    The producer of the concerts, World Events LLC president David Gest, responded with a statement of his own saying the Jacksons ``will reunite without Jermaine.'' ``I am sorry that Jermaine has chosen not to participate in this event,'' Gest said, adding, ``Jackie, Tito and Marlon, original members of the Jackson 5, will join their brother Michael on stage for this very special reunion.'' No mention was made of participation by Randy, who was not a member of Motown's Jackson 5 act.

    Adding to the confusion, Jackson family spokesman John McLaughlin denied that plans for the concert had changed, telling Reuters, ``Jermaine and Randy are planning on attending their brother's event and performing with their brothers on stage.''

    ``That letter that Jermaine and Randy released basically raised some concerns about the ticket prices for the shows and was pointed at the promoters, not Michael,'' he said. But he acknowledged that neither Jermaine nor Randy Jackson had yet signed contract to appear in the shows.

    The two brothers also expressed unhappiness with the ''endless list of celebrities'' sharing the bill with the Jackson brothers.

    Fans, they wrote, ``were looking forward to us performing our greatest hits together without assistance from any other act. Performing together has been something that all the brothers and our parents have been looking forward to for 18 years. (We) do not think we should share this most precious and memorable moment with anyone.''

    Organizers have said the two shows would feature all six Jackson brothers singing a medley of their Motown and Epic Records hits and performing a Jackson 5 classic with the pop group 'N Sync (news - web sites).

    The lineup of more than 30 performers also includes Ray Charles, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, James Ingram, Mary J. Blige, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, Ricky Martin, Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick.

    Meanwhile, sister solo star Janet Jackson hit another bump in her newly launched ``All For You Tour,'' canceling a show in Milwaukee due to an unexpected dental emergency, according to her official Web site. She reportedly chipped a tooth during preparations for the show and had to undergo root canal surgery.

    Earlier this month, the pop diva postponed the tour's opening show in Canada, and canceled another date, because of shipping problems blamed for the late-arrival of equipment for her elaborate set.

    Source: Reuters

    25/07/2001 Jackson Strife

    The ongoing saga surrounding the Jackson 5 reunion in September has taken a further twist, as the brothers continue to bicker over who will appear.

    The highly-anticipated performance, which is part of Michael Jackson's 'All Star Tribute to Michael Jackson - The King of Pop', had been thrown into doubt by Jermaine Jackson last week.

    A statement issued on behalf of him and brother Randy claimed neither would appear at the Madison Square Garden event, because of fears over ticket prices and a lack of charitable donations.

    However, Marlon Jackson has now issued a statement, insisting that Randy will definitely be performing. "Randy Jackson will reunite with the original Jacksons: Michael, Jackie, Marlon and Tito.

    "I am very sorry for the confusion my brother Jermaine has caused by his statement which he also attributed to my youngest brother, Randy. "The statement from Jermaine was totally false regarding Randy's non-participation in the show. Randy has never even seen the statement that Jermaine sent out. Randy will be a part of these evenings and the public will see the original Jacksons reunite."

    Meanwhile, Jermaine Jackson has now claimed that he never had any intention of dropping out, following claims from, David Gest, president of the concerts' organizers, World Events LLC. "David is painting me out to be a bad person who's twisted this whole thing up," Jermaine claimed. "I just want the show to be a special moment. It was my understanding that it was just going to be a reunion and that the profits would go to charity."

    Tickets to the tribute concerts on September 7 and 10 go on sale on July 31 at 10am. Other stars expected to appear include Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Whitney Houston, Shaggy, Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige.

    Source: Dotmusic

    23/07/01 Randy Is In!

    [Press Release]

    Marlon Jackson Announces: The Original Jacksons to Reunite with Randy at ``Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years''

    NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--July 23, 2001--``Randy Jackson will reunite with the original Jacksons: Michael, Jackie, Marlon, and Tito,'' announced Marlon Jackson, an original member of the group.

    According to Marlon, ``I am very sorry for the confusion my brother Jermaine has caused by his statement which he also attributed to my youngest brother, Randy. The statement from Jermaine was totally false regarding Randy's non-participation in the show. Randy had never even seen the statement that Jermaine sent out. Randy will be a part of these evenings and the public will see the original Jacksons reunite. Randy is as excited as all my brothers about this reunion and we all look forward to singing with 'N Sync on Dancing Machine. We love 'N Sync and are so glad they are part of this tribute to Michael.''

    Marlon went on to state, ``When the Jackson 5 left Motown and changed names to the Jacksons, Jermaine was not a part of the group. He was not featured on any of our hits, including Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground), Heartbreak Hotel, Lovely One, Show You The Way To Go, and Blame It On The Boogie. We look forward to performing many of these songs as well as a number of the Jackson 5 classics at both the Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 shows.''

    Tickets to the public will go on sale Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 10:00A.M. through Ticketmaster for the Friday, September 7, 2001 and Monday, September 10, 2001 performances. Ticket prices begin at $45.00.

    For further information contact: Susan Blond, Inc. at (212)333-7728

    Source: Susan Blond Inc

    23/07/01 Jacksons Trade Statements About Michael's Tribute!

    Jackson family members and their publicists exchanged pointed statements regarding who will and who will not be performing at the Michael Jackson 30th anniversary celebration concerts on September 7 and 10. On Friday (July 20) morning, Jermaine Jackson and Randy Jackson sent out a letter detailing why they've opted out of the reunited Jacksons for the upcoming shows.

    The statement from Jermaine and Randy read, in part: "As of today, we have not formally signed a contract to participate in the concerts and dinner celebrations for a number of reasons. The exorbitant ticket prices being charged by promoters will prevent some of our most loyal and true fans from attending. Let it be known that despite the $1,200 fee we have each been offered to participate, Jermaine wishes to go on record stating that he'd do the shows absolutely free for the legion of Jackson fans who have patiently anticipated a reunion since the 1984 Victory tour."

    The statement concluded: "Performing together has been something that all the brothers and our parents have been looking forward to for 18 years. I do not think we should share this most precious and memorable moment with anyone. Despite the aforementioned problems we have with the events surrounding the show, the Jackson family is united in their unfailing support of brother Michael and there is no rift between Michael and any of his family members."

    Moments after Jermaine and Randy issued their reasons for opting out of the gala, concert organizer David Gest issued a reply that read, "I am sorry Jermaine has chosen not to participate in this event. This is an event for Michael Jackson. It is a salute to a truly great and legendary artist. Jackie, Tito and Marlon, original members of the Jackson 5, will join their brother Michael on stage for this very special reunion" Gest's statement concluded: "I only wish Jermaine the best on his solo career and hope he finally gets the attention he so justly deserves."

    Another one of Michael's siblings has yet to confirm her status for the September concerts--Janet Jackson tells LAUNCH, "I'm actually going to be on tour, and I'm trying. He asked me to participate and I don't know if I can because it's one of those things where they ask you, like, two or three weeks a little too late, where everything with the tour is kind of etched in stone, so it kind of switched things around. I'm gonna try and see if I can make it work," she says.

    Of her thoughts about a full Jacksons reunion, Janet says, "I hope that really pans out, 'cause, oh God, I know my brothers are probably sick of me. For the longest time, I've been talking about them getting together because I'm a fan, and I miss that. I miss seeing them perform on stage, and I thought their shows were always so awesome. I don't know. If they do, best believe I'm going to be front row and center. I love watching them--they're really entertaining and they put on a great show as, as brothers."

    Source: Launch

    23/07/01 Jackson Family Feud May Be Brewing!

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It appears that a family feud may be brewing among pop superstar Michael Jackson and his five brothers over plans for what would be their first performance together since their 1984 ``Victory'' tour.

    A reunion of all six brothers had been billed as a highlight of two all-star concerts slated for September at New York City's Madison Square Garden to celebrate Michael Jackson's 30 years as a solo artist.

    But an open letter last week attributed to two of the brothers -- Jermaine and Randy -- raised objections to ''exorbitant ticket prices'' being charged for the shows and to plans for the Jacksons to share the stage with other performers during their reunion.

    In response, the producer of the shows, David Gest, issued a statement Friday excluding Jermaine Jackson from the talent lineup and leaving unclear the status of Randy, the only one of the brothers who was not a member of the original Jackson 5.

    On Monday, promoters issued another statement, this one attributed to Marlon Jackson, saying Randy would join him, Michael and two other founding members of the Jackson 5 -- Jackie and Tito -- for the reunion but that Jermaine would not appear.

    ``I am very sorry for the confusion my brother Jermaine has caused by his statement, which he also attributed to my youngest brother, Randy,'' Marlon wrote. ``Randy has never seen the statement that Jermaine sent out .... We wish Jermaine all the best on his solo career.''

    A Jackson family spokesman, John McLaughlin, said on Friday that Jermaine and Randy ``were together'' in the memo circulated to the media. He said then that despite their misgivings about certain aspects of the show, both planned to participate.

    But a spokeswoman for the producers said Monday that Gest ''only wanted people (in the show) who are happy doing it'' and he ``interpreted'' Jermaine's remarks in the memo to mean that he ''did not want to participate in the event.'' Gest also was described as irked by the way in which Jermaine aired his complaints to the media instead of addressing them to organizers of the event.

    While the Jermaine-Randy memo last week insisted there was ''no rift between Michael and any of his family members,'' the statement from Marlon indicated that five of the brothers were closing ranks with Jermaine being left out.

    Marlon Jackson noted that it was Jermaine who split off from the group when the four other members of the original act -- Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Michael -- left Motown in 1975 and signed with Epic, adding Randy to the lineup and changing their name to the Jacksons. Motown retained rights to the name the Jackson 5.

    Jermaine, who was then married to Motown founder Berry Gordy's daughter, Hazel, initially stayed at Motown but rejoined his brothers at Epic in 1984 for the ``Victory'' tour and album.

    Source: Susan Blond Inc

    20/03/2001 Jackie Attends MTV Icon!

    Jackie attended the MTV Icon: Janet Jackson show together with Tito, Marlon and Jermaine. He and the brother all went on stage introduced as "the legendary Jacksons" to congratulate Janet on her achievements!

    Source: MTV

    01/02/2001 Best Bets - Sibling Rivalry

    [Excerpt From Article On AOL UK]

    As Oasis' Liam and Noel Gallagher continue to make headlines with their continuous bickering and threats to split the band, pop history decrees the terrible twosome won't be the first pair of siblings to succeed in the music world only to see relations strain as ego and fame come into force. Travel through the turbulent arguments, bitter words and public outbursts as we examine more cases of family strain...

    The pop scene has seen a number of family groups come and go, with one of the most famous being the Jackson Five. Consisting of brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael Jackson, their father Joe also encouraged sisters Janet and LaToya to forge their own careers in TV and music. The band notched up several hits but both Jermaine and Michael left to concentrate on solo careers - Michael Jackson becoming one of the biggest superstars in the process and overshadowing everything the Jackson Five ever achieved.

    Hot on the heels of the Jacksons came the Osmonds. Hailing from Utah, brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay backed the youngest member of the group - little Donny Osmond who, like Michael Jackson, broke free from the fold and forged a successful solo career. Undeterred by their brother's success, Merrill, Jay and Alan are still doing the rounds as the Osmond Brothers but have so far failed to achieve Donny's level of fame.

    Along with the Jackson Five and the Osmonds, the 70s also saw brother-sister act, The Carpenters, rise to fame. Karen Carpenter and her brother Richard's cover of (They Long to Be) Close to You took them to the top. After winning two Grammys, the pressure increased causing Richard to fall into drug addiction whilst Karen became anorexic. In 1979, Karen started work on a solo album only to go back to her brother. Sadly her health deteriorated further and on February 4th 1983 she lost the battle with her eating disorder. Critics blamed Karen's deep possessiveness over Richard for their topsy-turvy relationship and her failed marriage, proving not all was well between the wholesome duo. [....]

    Source: AOL

    15/01/2001 Jackson 5 Together Again

    The first year of the millennium is shaping up to be one full of comebacks for superstar Michael Jackson. After he puts the finishing touches on his new album — his first since 1995 — the singer plans to join his older brothers for their first album together since 1984 The Jacksons, originally called the Jackson 5, until they left Motown for Epic Records in 1976 — last released an album, 2300 Jackson Street, in 1989, but the King of Pop didn't join them. Michael has only said he would appear on two or three of the album's songs — and despite what his brother Jermaine told a Las Vegas radio station Sunday, he has not promised to tour with the legendary singing group. The Jackson 5 first broke in 1970, when its members ages ranged from 11 to 19 and the band scored the No. 1 singles "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save," and "I'll Be There." Michael, who was the centerpiece of the group, switched between group work and solo work through the '70s. Following the record-breaking success of Thriller (the world's best-selling album until last year), Jackson only recorded one more album with his brothers: 1984's Victory, which spawned two Top 20 singles, "State of Shock" (featuring Mick Jagger) and "Torture." The Jacksons' last tour with Michael followed shortly. Michael's new solo album, which has not yet been given a title, has been pushed back repeatedly and is now expected this summer. Walter Afanasieff, one of the album's producers, told Wall of Sound last year, "He's got to come up with something brand-new, something people haven't heard from him. He's got to sort of reinvent himself. A few songs that I've heard, and especially the one I did, are real departures for him." Superstar producer Rodney Jerkins who worked Destiny's Child and the Spice Girls has also been linked extensively with the project.

    Source: ABC

    15/01/2001 It's Not As Easy As ABC

    The man who said that American lives have no second acts had certainly never heard of Michael Jackson or the band he began with his four older brothers, the inimitable Jackson 5. As a ten-year-old boy, Jackson pumped his family’s pop group to the top of the American charts, where they stayed for a decade before falling from grace. In his twenties, Jackson recreated himself as a crazed solo superstar, rivalling only Howard Hughes in his bizarre eccentricities. And now, as his fame is beginning to diminish, he is rejoining his brothers for a long-awaited final act to what is certain to be regarded as one of the 20th century’s most poignant of American dramas.

    The reunion, announced earlier this week, has a cautious side to it. The five - who have performed either singly or as The Jacksons without their brother for the past 20 years - are releasing a new LP, their first since 1989, which they say will include songs by brother Michael. (Michael has his own solo record due out in 2001, as well.) No touring plans have been announced yet, but one feels fairly certain that they are being discussed, given the lucrative nature of reunion tours of bands from that era. (Tina Turner, for example, scored the most profitable tour of 2000, beating out even N’Sync and Eminem for the honour.)

    Of course even without the greed factor, it’s hardly a surprising development, having happened time and again in the annals of pop music. A band breaks up with all the best intentions, only to realise after long years of unsatisfactory solo sales that its public will pay more to see it in its original form. The Eagles. Pink Floyd. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Even the Sex Pistols, those hard-nosed arbiters of integrity, succumbed to the fell call of fame, reforming in part for money, but more likely because they - like their public - really missed the glory of days gone by, really longed to play the old music again.

    And one can hardly blame the five for wanting to take part once again in the group dynamic. After all, today’s pop zeitgeist is very much about boy bands, and the Jackson 5 really were the very first of that breed. With the help of their father, they invented the genre in all its glory. The matching outfits, the heel-spinning dance moves, synchronised hand-jive ... these things are the five’s personal province, and all the others who came in their wake - from the awful Osmond Brothers all the way up through Bel Biv Devoe, Menudo, New Kids on the Block, Take That, Backstreet Boys and N’Sync - are merely poachers who pale by comparison. How galling it must be to see the terrible legion of poseurs who are cashing in on what was once such a beautiful art? Besides, it was without a doubt a magical time, and if for us, why not for them too?

    The Jackson 5 represent a lot that was good about black American culture that is no longer extant. This was brought home to me quite forcibly on a recent visit to the Motown Jazz Cafe in the city of Las Vegas.

    This is a theme restaurant cum archeology museum which features, among other things, rotating groups of extremely talented black teenagers dressed in period costumes as the Supremes, the Temptations and other Motown acts who sing their hits (complete with hand gestures) while you dine on catfish and chitlins. The restaurant also houses a number of glass-fronted museum cases which reverently hold the real outfits of Motown singers such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Lionel Richie, and there is something desperately poignant about these artefacts. One case in particular, I recall, contained five little suits for the Jackson 5.

    They are made of some indestructible plastic material that looks like it would be very uncomfortable to sweat in, appliqued with giant flowers in shocking pink and green. Each suit - one for Michael, one for Tito, one for Jermaine, one for Marlon and one for Jackie - is a size bigger than the last, but all of them are minuscule: clearly, the outfits date from very early in the Jacksons’ career.

    God, I can hardly think of their sweet little faces without smiling. Remember Michael, beaming at you from the TV screen, spinning on his heels, pointing at the camera, opening his mouth wide to sing ABC or I Want You Back, or Rockin’ Robin? That face, those tunes, that era are irresistible in retrospect. Even if (or maybe I mean especially if) you were a five-year-old child, like me, the J5 exuded everything fun and glamorous and hope-filled about the 1960s, things like the Civil Rights movement and bellbottoms and hairdos, minus all the stuff about war and pestilence and Nixon.

    Indeed, thinking back, alongside his brothers, Michael Jackson practically single-handedly made black culture look cute, at a time when most portrayed them as scary, edgy, angry or just plain poverty stricken.

    Before the Jackson 5, to little white kids like me, African America meant the jazz, the blues, the ghetto, the Other. Afterwards, it meant groovy tunes and colourful clothes and a kind of cool that we’ve all been attempting to glom onto ever since. The Jackson 5 had 13 No1 hits in all, and no wonder: their music - the cream of which was recorded from 1969 to 1974 and put out by Motown Records in its heyday - is the distilled sound of innocence and laughter, syncopated and turned into a delightfully melodic dance number. Along with other Motown records of that era - by the Supremes, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye - they are the soundtracks to some of the most inspiring aspects of pop’s past, and all the more so because the Jackson 5 were essentially Motown’s last great act.

    Then, of course, everything changed: soul music became disco and Michael himself morphed into a psychotic freak who’s personal issues with race and gender are written on his flesh for all of us to see and shudder at. He’s pretty hard to look at - as , in consequence, are all things to do with the Jackson 5 as well. Indeed, if you’re like me, you can’t hear those joyous early songs without feeling a twinge of nostalgia - which is exactly why a proposed Jackson 5 reunion is such a very bad idea. After all, there is something about reunited bands that merely reminds us of our own mortality. And the Jackson 5 are particularly prone to the ravages of time, because they began so young. One can barely bear to see oneself in the mirror these days. How could one bear to see them?

    In the recent Sex Pistols biographical movie, The Filth and The Fury, director Julian Temple made the incredibly smart decision to show the band members present-day selves in shadow, so that viewers could not measure how much they have aged. If the Jackson 5 must tour, it would be nice if they used a similar tactic and performed with paper bags over their heads. That would be far better than harrowing our psyches with the sight of them old, enfeebled and, in the case of Michael, damaged by life.

    Source: The Scotman

    11/01/2001 Lionel Richie Weighs In On The Reunion

    International Music News - Michael Jackson Agrees To BROTHERLY REUNION Pop prince MICHAEL JACKSON has confirmed he is to record with the JACKSON 5 again. The EARTH SONG star will join brothers TITO, JERMAINE, RANDY and MARLON on several tracks for the upcoming reunion album. Yesterday (09JAN01), soul crooner LIONEL RITCHIE said he wasn't surprised that the Jackson's are going to collaborate again. Lionel says, "They are a family. They know each other better than anyone and I think that they're very clever at the idea of reinventing themselves, which the business is all about. "And whether you have Michael with the group, Michael on the side of the group, they're gonna make the Jackson's work, one way or the other." (RP/AB/CPT)

    Source: KOP Discussion

    10/01/2001 Jermaine Says 'Jackson Five' Brothers Are Recording, May Tour

    The Jackson Five singing group is recording for the first time in 16 years and might go on tour, a family member told a broadcaster during a trade show here. Jermaine Jackson told a disc jockey from a new subscription radio station that Michael Jackson is among the brothers recording new material for a compact disc to be released in July. The brothers are making plans to tour, according to Jermaine Jackson, after their CD is released, disc jockey Holly Levis said Monday. Other industry sources confirmed recording plans but said a tour was not scheduled. Levis said that besides Michael, Jermaine Jackson didn't identify the other brothers - Marlon, Randy, Tito or Jackie - by name. Publicists for Michael Jackson did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment. Jermaine Jackson's on-air comments came during a Sunday afternoon shakedown broadcast for Sirius from the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Levis said Jermaine Jackson didn't tell her where the recording sessions are being held. But he did say Jackson sisters LaToya and Janet weren't involved. Levis, who said she has known Jermaine Jackson since she was a disc jockey at WBLS in New York City, said she was sure the Jackson 5 project is separate from a DVD that Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson clan, was autographing and distributing at the CES show. A spokesman for Joe Jackson said he was at the consumer show promoting his own new Internet venture, jacksonmusicstudios.com. Tom Lorentzen, spokesman for Joe Jackson, said he had no information about the Jackson 5 recording project. An album and tour would be the first since the Jacksons' 1984 "Victory Tour."

    Source: KOP Discussion

    10/01/2001 Jackson Reunion Tipped

    RUMORS of a Jackson Five reunion have gained strength.

    Jermaine Jackson told a Las Vegas radio station yesterday that the brothers would record and tour again this year. "We're in the studio working very hard on a new J-5 album that will be released this summer," Jermaine said. "We're going to do a new tour. We're very, very excited." Asked if the new CD and tour would include Michael, Jermaine said: "Absolutely!" Rumors that the Jackson brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, Randy and Tito would get back together have been around for the past couple of years. Sister Janet Jackson fuelled the fire by saying she would love to get on stage with them all together again. Their last time together, in 1984, was the Victory Tour - and the world has wanted them back ever since. Some of the Jackson Five's big hits include ABC, Never Say Goodbye and I'll Be There. Michael Jackson is in Los Angeles recording his first album for five years. He is said to be joining Janet for another duet to feature on the CD.

    Source: KOP Discussion

    09/01/2001 5 Alive! Jacksons Reuniting

    LAS VEGAS - Jermaine Jackson dropped a musical bombshell yesterday, telling a start-up radio station that the Jackson 5 - with Michael Jackson - will record and tour again this year.

    Jermaine Jackson told a disc jockey with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. that the legendary bubble-gum pop and soul group would play together for the first time since 1984.

    "We're in the studio working very hard on a new J-5 album that will be released this summer," Jermaine matter-of-factly told radio personality Holly Levis. "We're going to do a new tour. We're very, very excited." While Jermaine offered no further specifics, Levis asked if the new CD and tour would include Michael. "Absolutely," Jermaine said.

    It's been rumored for years that the brothers would reunite for first time since the much-hyped 1984 "Victory Tour." Brooklyn-raised rap artist Lana Moorer - better known to her fans as MC Lyte - was there when pal Jermaine spoke to the station, and told The Post she believes he's telling the truth.

    "I don't think he'd joke about something like this," Moorer said. MC Lyte is a backer of New York-based Sirius, a new satellite radio operation that's set to beam its 100 music and talk stations on the airwaves in mid-2001. Sirius was broadcasting a trial run at a consumer electronics show here when Jackson unexpectedly came to the broadcast booth to visit Moorer. "I was too young to take myself to see the Jackson 5, so as an adult to have the chance to see them perform would be a just a dream," Moorer said.

    The siblings from Gary, Ind. - brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, Randy and Tito - performed under a host of names including "The Jacksons," "The Jackson 5," and "The Jackson Family." The brothers produced a string of hit songs in the 1970s, including pop landmarks such as "I'll Be There," "ABC" and "Never Say Goodbye."

    Source: NY Post

    09/01/2001 Michael Jackson Confirms His Jackson 5 Participation

    Amid rumors of his participation, a spokesperson for Michael Jackson has confirmed the pop star's involvement in the upcoming Jackson 5 reunion album, according to a spokesperson for the singer at Rubenstein Associates, Inc.

    Jackson, who became a star in 1969 at the tender age of 11 after performing "I Want You Back" with his brothers on national television, has agreed to lend his skills to two or three songs on the album, which has yet to be assigned a release date. Jackson has not recorded with brothers Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon, and Randy since 1984's Victory and its subsequent world tour. The Jackson 5 has proved an undeniable hit over the years, tallying in some of R&B's most famous hits, including "ABC," "I'll Be There," and the aforementioned "I Want You Back." In related news, Jackson's upcoming as-yet-untitled solo album, his first since 1997's Blood on the Dance Floor, is due on Epic Records in the spring.

    The King of Pop will also be hosting a panel of experts and celebrities discussing the "fine art of balancing romantic love, familial love, and professional dedication" at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 14 from 7-9 p.m. Proceeds from the panel will benefit Heal the Kids, an organization which aims to make children a greater priority in adults' lives and of which Jackson is chairman. Additonal panelists include Johnny Cochran, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Mother Love, Chuck Woolery, and Judith Regan.

    Source: KOP Discussion

    09/01/2001 Michael Jackson To Collaborate With Brothers On Upcoming Reunion CD

    Michael Jackson will go back to his roots this year, reuniting with his brothers to contribute to a new Jackson 5 album for the first time in 17 years. Jackson will record two or three songs for an upcoming reunion album from the group, who have recorded under the name the Jacksons since leaving Motown Records in the '70s, according to his spokesperson, Cheri Fein. Jackson's last collaboration with his brothers was the 1984 Jacksons album Victory and the accompanying "Victory" tour. The singer, who is expected to release a solo album this summer, has not committed to touring with his brothers this time around, according to Fein. The Jacksons — Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon, plus later addition Randy — last released 2300 Jackson Street, a 1989 album recorded without Michael. Michael began his career as a pre-teen singer with the Jackson 5, who remain best known for such '70s classics as "ABC" and "I'll Be There." No release date has been set for the new album, and a spokesperson for the group could not be reached for comment.

    Source: MTV

    08/01/2001 Got To Be There

    Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine says the Jackson Five will reunite this year to record a new album and tour. He says the line up will include Michael. It will be the first time the brothers, (Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Michael), have recorded and toured together since 1984's Victory project.

    'We're all really excited,' Jermaine told Las Vegas radio station Sirius Satellite Radio. ' We're in the studio now working very hard on a new album that will be released this summer.' Asked whether the line-up would include Michael, Jermaine replied, 'absolutely.'

    Jermaine's surprise announcement came as Michael Jackson's spokesman claims that Jacko has no plans to tour to promote his new album, due for release in March. The spokesman, Howard Rubenstein also denied there were any problems with the recording of the album and that Sony executives were not happy with the finished results. 'Michael's a perfectionist and he wants the album to be excellent. The album is coming along fine and is not in trouble. The first single hasn't been chosen yet but that doesn't mean there's a problem.'

    Source: Worldpop

    08/01/2001 Got To Be There

    Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine says the Jackson Five will reunite this year to record a new album and tour. He says the line up will include Michael. It will be the first time the brothers, (Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Michael), have recorded and toured together since 1984's Victory project.

    'We're all really excited,' Jermaine told Las Vegas radio station Sirius Satellite Radio. ' We're in the studio now working very hard on a new album that will be released this summer.' Asked whether the line-up would include Michael, Jermaine replied, 'absolutely.'

    Jermaine's surprise announcement came as Michael Jackson's spokesman claims that Jacko has no plans to tour to promote his new album, due for release in March. The spokesman, Howard Rubenstein also denied there were any problems with the recording of the album and that Sony executives were not happy with the finished results. 'Michael's a perfectionist and he wants the album to be excellent. The album is coming along fine and is not in trouble. The first single hasn't been chosen yet but that doesn't mean there's a problem.'

    Source: Worldpop

    07/01/2001 Futurist Entertainment Launched

    Jackie Jackson's latest project, Futurist Entertainment, is finally underway. The official site is now online at http://futuristentertainment.com and it includes the new official J5 site!

    Below is company's the mission statement:

    It is Futurist Entertainment's mission to develop a traditional entertainment company that leverages the Internet in order to create a multi-dimensional new economy enterprise that will redefine the entertainment experience for a new generation. With the vision and expertise of Jackie Jackson, of the world-renowned Jackson Five, its founder and CEO, Futurist Entertainment is positioned to be an innovator in both traditional markets and the rapidly growing markets of the Internet and New Media. Jesco Records will produce artists that focus on Hip Hop, Rap and Pop music with an R & B edge. It is our mission to draw an artist base from the abundant pool of untapped talent around the world via the Internet. Our Website will establish a single destination for various sub-groups of Generation Y to access original youth-oriented video programming, games, interactive content and music, and to participate in community features in electronic commerce. In addition, we have developed the only "Official Jackson 5 Family" site on the world-wide-web. True to the Jackson family tradition, Futurist Entertainment and Jesco Records will only produce the highest quality entertainments with state of the art technologies.

    To read a letter from Jackie Jackson regarding the company, please click here!

    Source: Futurist Entertainment

    07/01/2001 J5 Reunion

    (Las Vegas-AP) -- Jermaine Jackson swears a Jackson Five reunion is in the works. Jackson told a D-J in Las Vegas that all five Jacksons -- including Michael -- will go on tour. He says they're in the studio working on an album, too. There's been no word from Michael yet on whether his brother is authorized to speak for him.

    Source: Entertainment & Hollywood News