In an Bleader exclusive, Jackie speaks about the Jackson 5 in Chicago and other childhood memories. This Friday at the Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana, the Jacksons return to where they started, more or less. Their current Unity Tour is not only the first time they've played live since Michael Jackson's passing in 2009, it's also the first time Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon (the surviving members of the original Jackson Five—drummer Johnny Jackson died in 2006) have hit the road since 1984. After their final rehearsal last Thursday, I spoke to Jackie Jackson by phone about the Jackson Five's early days in Chicago, White Castle burgers, one particularly supportive midget fan, and the group's emotional return home.
Check out this cool video of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Malron at rehearsals with Kevin Frasier on The Insider.
Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon kicked off the Unity Summer Tour at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada! After almost three decades, The Jacksons reunited on stage to do what they do best: perform on stage and entertain crowds! Before the show, the brothers did a backstage interview with Kiss 92.5 Toronto. Aside from a few technical difficulties, The Jacksons launched their tour Wednesday night. The show openend with a video montage of The Jackson 5 as it used to be with little brother Michael (who was a major presence through the night via stills and video and an actual tribute segment) the four remaining Jackson brothers kicked off their 95-minute show with "Can You Feel It".
Here's an article by The Associated Press as the brothers talk about preparing the tour without Michael. BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Guided by a thumping bass line from their backing band, the Jackson brothers strut forward to a row of four microphones, thrusting their pelvises along the way, before launching into “Can’t Let Her Get Away,” a song their superstar sibling released on his Dangerous album. If they had afros and matching powder blue suits, it might feel like 1977 again.
The Estate of Michael wants to inform fans in the United States that they are aware that fans have been having some difficulty locating the special edition Bad 25 Pepsi Cans. Pepsi would like you to know that Walmart is the retailer that has the most widespread distribution in the U.S., but as retailers vary by market, distribution may be uneven. Pepsi invites you to call their consumer hotline for more information as the staff is equipped with information about the Pepsi cans. The hotline number is: 1-800-433-2652.
Cirque du Soleil, The Estate of Michael Jackson and Opus, the luxury publisher, have combined their creative forces to produce a unique publication about Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, the #1 touring show celebrating the work of the musical genius, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.
Never-before-seen backstage pictures of the crew and artists preparing for their incredible dancing and gravity-defying stunts as well as stunning photographs from the creation of the production will be showcased in extraordinary detail in this hand-stitched official publication, to be released later this year.
Check out this Music Monday release "What Did I Lose To Love You". The track actually seems to be the song that played in the background of Austin's April video message in which he announces Highway 85 )and was then introduced as "When I Used To Love You". Enjoy this special Music Monday release!
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” made #1 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart! The single features the previously unreleased B-side "Don't Be Messin' Around" and is available at Walmart as a Bad 25 promo exclusive!
Janet has signed on as an executive producer of a documentary on the lives of transgender people living around the world. New York-based Brainchild Films announced Monday (June 4th) that Janet was working on Truth and would do some of the on-camera interviews. The documentary begins production this Summer and will focus on the lives and struggles of transgender persons. Janet writes in a statement that she is working on the project to try to stop discrimination of the transgender community. Truth will be directed by Robert Jason, who previously directed a documentary for The Style Network on four transgender New Yorkers. He says Truth will feature stories from throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America.