The Jackson 5 will reunite in 2009, brother Jermaine Jackson confirmed today (Oct. 29) at a TV industry function in Sydney.
Jackson is in Australia to help launch a new “greatest hits” TV channel for paynet Foxtel and confirmed the rumors at the event.
“This has been a long time coming for the Jackson family to get back together,” he told the Australian Associated Press.
“It is just the timing, so what we’ve been doing is working on the music and all the logistics. It is going to be more like a family affair, Janet’s going to open and, of course, the original Jackson 5 … Michael, Randy and the whole family … We’re in the studio, we’re planning on being out there next year.”
The Jacksons received a lifetime achievement award from BMI in early September in Los Angeles, but brother Marlon made no secret of his displeasure with Michael’s absence at the ceremony.
Asked where Jackson was, he told the Associated Press, “I don’t know. I think he’s in Egypt riding a camel or something.”
The Jacksons rose to fame in the late ’60s recording for Motown. Brother Michael had become a solo star by the late ’70s, although he remained in the group through the 1984 album “Victory.” One last release, 1989’s “2300 Jackson Street,” featured limited involvement by him and Marlon.