Michael Jackson To Take Part

Legendary Motown group The Jackson Five will reunite for a tour and new material in 2009, Jermaine Jackson has confirmed.

Formed from one Detroit family, The Jackson Five were one of the biggest groups of the late 70s launching the career of global superstar Michael Jackson. Their early hits were fantastic nuggets of soulful pop, clearly based on the sound of Sly And The Family Stone but with a youthful energy all of their own. The band split in the late 70s amid much dysfunction, with Michael Jackson alleging ill-treatment at the hands of his family.

However, Jermaine Jackson told Australian Associated Press the all original band members will reunite and work on new material. A massive tour is planned for 2009, with sister Janet Jackson opening for the group.

"This has been a long time coming for the Jackson family to get back together," he said.

He added, "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 Five: Michael, Randy and the whole family.

"We're in the studio, we're planning on being out there next year."

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