Mom & Pop Jackson: 'We Are A Family'
Seemingly tired of reading various statements that suggest infighting amongst their children, Joseph and Kathryn Jackson released their own statement asserting the family's unified support of son MichSeemingly tired of reading various statements that suggest infighting amongst their children, Joseph and Kathryn Jackson released their own statement asserting the family's unified support of son Michael as his gala 30th anniversary tribute celebration approaches. As has been widely reported, a pair of star-studded tribute shows will take place Sept. 7 and 10 at New York's Madison Square Garden, and will be taped for later broadcast on CBS.
"During the past few days we've read and heard reports of press statements and interviews by our sons Jermaine, Randy, and Marlon," the Jacksons said. "Unfortunately, these statements have cast a cloud over the anticipated celebrations. We have spoken to Jermaine and know that his intentions were not to hurt anyone, especially Michael."
As previously reported, Jermaine Jackson issued a statement a week ago claiming he and brother Randy had not yet signed on to appear at the tribute due to concerns over ticket prices and the lack of a charitable benefactor, among other issues. Marlon Jackson later countered those claims, saying Randy would indeed be taking part in a reunion of the original Jacksons circa 1975, which included Michael, Jackie, Marlon, Tito, and Randy (Jermaine is an original member of the Jackson 5 -- which also included Michael, Jackie, Marlon, and Tito, but not Randy. He rejoined the sibling ranks in the group 1984).
"Because the Jackson family have always been a family that sincerely cares about the plight of those throughout the world, Jermaine was confused as to why this event has not named a charity," the parents' statement explained.
"It is our hope that [tribute producer] David Gest will speak directly with Jermaine and Michael and come away understanding that in no way was Jermaine bashing Michael or the show," the statement continues. "It is important to note too that Mr. Gest had issued an ultimatum to Jermaine, telling him he had just 30 minutes to sign a contract, otherwise he'd go to the press announcing that Jermaine would not be included in the show. At that time, Jermaine was in a meeting in Orange County, California -- some two hours away from home where he could sign and return Mr. Gest's contract. And for anyone to say that a reunion of the Jacksons is complete without Jermaine or any other member shows that person's ignorance toward family, especially the Jackson family."
"This is a family that, despite what you've read and heard throughout the years, has stuck together," the Jacksons asserted. "The great trials we've faced because of the family's success have at times been hard to deal with. But we've stood behind one another time and again and will always be there for each other ... We are proud of our children and will not stand idle while anyone attempts to separate them."
Dozens of artists have signed on to take part in the event, which has recently been dubbed Michael Jackson: The Solo Years, although a source at the venue tells Billboard.com that tickets for the event will bear the title An All Star Tribute to Michael Jackson - The King of Pop. Among the "all-stars" are Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige, Ray Charles, Deborah Cox, Destiny's Child, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Liza Minnelli, 'N Sync, Jill Scott, Shaggy, Britney Spears, Usher, and Dionne Warwick.
As first reported here last week, ticket prices range from $45 for seats in the arena's upper most level to $2,500 for select orchestra and loge seats. Other seats -- all of which go on sale Tuesday (July 31) via Ticketmaster -- will cost fans $1,500, $800, $500, $350, $230, $225, and $95.