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Jackson Five to reunite
Jackson Five
The Jackson Five played in the UK in 1972
The Jackson Five are to reform for a reunion tour, complete with Michael Jackson, his brother Jermaine has confirmed.

Jermaine Jackson also told BBC Three's Liquid News that the brothers were working on an album to be released to coincide with the tour, and that Michael was "absolutely on board".

The last time the original members performed together was at a concert in 2001 which celebrated Michael Jackson's 30 years in the music business.

There were reports of arguments between the siblings prior to the concert and doubts that Jermaine would in fact take part.

He said that it had been blown out of proportion and that he was not arguing with his brothers about the concert.

But he did admit he had concerns about the way producer David Gest, husband of Liza Minnelli, handled the show saying some of the people who had been part of the rise of the Jackson Five had not been invited.

Exciting moment

He told Liquid News that he was not worried about Michael's fame eclipsing that of the family group when they went on tour.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson performed with the group in 2001
"Michael turned into this beautiful entertainer because of the foundation of the Jackson Five," he said.

Jermaine also said the Jackson Five tour would come to the UK because the group's trip to London in 1972 "was the most exciting moment" and one they will never forget.

Jermaine was also keen to defend the reputation of Michael, calling him a great father who has been used by "propaganda" for television for ratings.

The Jackson Five were the brainchild of their parents, Joseph and Katherine, and were signed to the legendary Motown label by Berry Gordy in 1969 when Michael was just 10 years old.

Massive chart success followed with number singles I Want You Back, ABC and Let It Be, and the group were even immortalised in their own cartoon.

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