Michael Jackson Gala Criticized By Jermaine, Randy Jackson

Brothers annoyed by high ticket prices, celebrity guests.

Reuniting the Jackson 5 is not as easy as one, two, three.

One of the original five — and the added sixth member — may not appear with
the group as planned for the “Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration,
The Solo Years” on September 7 and 10.

Jermaine Jackson and Randy Jackson sent a letter to the media on Friday
criticizing the concerts, which will feature Michael performing in the U.S.
for the first time in 11 years, along with an all-star lineup of ‘NSYNC,
Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and more (see “Missy Elliott, Ricky Martin,
Mary J. Blige Added To Michael Jackson Tribute”
).

The brothers, who are scheduled to perform with the other four Jacksons on
stage for the first time since their 1984 Victory Tour, addressed their
concerns about the prices of tickets for the events, which top out at
$2,500.

“The exorbitant ticket prices being charged by the promoters will prevent
some of our most loyal and true fans from attending the shows,” Jermaine and
Randy Jackson said. “Further, it is almost embarrassing that no charities
have been named to benefit from this most momentous occasion.”
In response to their letter, David Gest, president of the concerts’
organizers, World Events LLC, issued a statement saying that Jermaine would
not participate in the Jackson 5 reunion. He did not mention Randy, who was
not an original member of the group.

“I am sorry Jermaine has chosen not to participate in this event,” Gest
said. “This is an event for Michael Jackson. It is a salute to a truly great
and legendary artist. Jackie, Tito and Marlon, original members of the
Jackson 5, will join their brother Michael onstage for this very special
reunion… I only wish Jermaine the best on his solo career and hope he
finally gets the attention he so justly deserves.”
Still, a spokesperson for the Jackson family told Reuters Friday that
Jermaine and Randy may still perform. Although they have yet to sign a
contract, “Jermaine and Randy are planning on attending their brother’s
event and performing with their brothers on stage,” John McLaughlin said.

“That letter that Jermaine and Randy released basically raised some concerns
about the ticket prices for the shows and was pointed at the promoters, not
Michael,” McLaughlin added.

Jermaine’s manager told the Associated Press that Jermaine had not dropped
out, he just wanted to make sure early supporters of the Jackson 5 would be
invited.

Jermaine and Randy wrote that they were unhappy about the “endless list of
celebrities” lined up for the concerts.

“[Fans] were looking forward to us performing our greatest hits together
without assistance from any other act,” they wrote. “Performing together has
been something that all the brothers and our parents have been looking
forward to for 18 years. [We] do not think we should share this most
precious and memorable moment with anyone.”
Tickets for both performances go on sale July 31 at 10 a.m. through
Ticketmaster.

The lineups for the two concerts, according to the publicists:
September 7:


  • Marc Anthony
  • Ray Charles
  • Deborah Cox
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Billy Gilman
  • Whitney Houston
  • James Ingram
  • Quincy Jones and the Legends of Jazz, including Al Jarreau, Herbie Mann, Les
    McCann, David “Fathead” Newman, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry and Cassandra
    Wilson
  • Monica
  • Mya
  • ‘NSYNC
  • Jill Scott
  • Shaggy featuring Ricardo “RikRok” Ducent and Rayvon
  • Britney Spears
  • Tamia
  • 3T
  • Usher

September 10:

  • Marc Anthony
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Deborah Cox
  • Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  • Gloria Gaynor
  • Al Jarreau
  • Gladys Knight
  • Lil’ Romeo
  • Ricky Martin
  • Monica
  • Mya
  • 98 Degrees
  • Jill Scott
  • Usher
  • Luther Vandross
  • Dionne Warwick