Looks like the long-rumored, heretofore-mythical Jackson 5 reunion may actually be happening!
The Jackson Five are to reunite for a tour, with Michael Jackson set to take part, brother Jermaine has said. He told BBC 6 Music that concert dates have been discussed and could take place “sometime in 2008”.
The group last toured as The Jacksons – with six members – in support of the Victory album in 1984. Lead singer Michael, who had already released the million-selling Thriller album, was reportedly reluctant to go on the road with his brothers. He told the audience on the last night of the tour that he was leaving the group. They released one more album, 1989’s 2300 Jackson Street, before formally disbanding in 1990.
Rumours of a reunion have circulated for years, and Jermaine confirmed that the project was delayed by Michael’s trial for child abuse in 2005.
Jermaine, who sang lead vocals for the band until his younger brother took over, added that Michael would definitely be part of the reunion. “He has to be,” he said. “He is a Jackson. He was at the meetings. Michael will be involved.”
The star also hinted at new material, saying that the band was “in the studio at the moment”.
The Jacksons – featuring brothers Tito, Marlon, Jackie, Jermaine, Michael and Randy, found fame in the 1970s with hits such as I Want You Back, ABC and Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) and Can You Feel It.
Hm, Jermaine was their source? Appearing in Celebrity Big Brother doesn’t exactly make him a reliable media outlet, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt — on one condition. I want fringe. Fringe and afros. And here’s hoping they revive their kicky choreography!