More than 20 years after their last tour together, the Jacksons are gearing up for a family outing in 2008 that could include the most famous member of the Indiana-bred musical clan, Michael. That's according to brother Jermaine, who told BBC 6 on Monday that some dates have been discussed and a tour could take place sometime in 2008.
"Michael will be involved," the singer/guitarist said. "We feel we have to do it one more time. We owe that to the fans and to the public." The group has not performed live together since the 1984 Victory tour, which took place in the wake of MJ's mega-platinum solo album, Thriller. The band, which officially broke up in 1990, released a final album in 1989, 2300 Jackson Street, which only featured Michael on the title track.
Jermaine was confident that Michael would be involved in the tour, saying, "He has to be. ... He is a Jackson. He was at the meetings. Michael will be involved." He also suggested that there might be some new songs to go along with the tour, saying the band is "in the studio at the moment."
There have been regular rumors of a possible Jacksons reunion tour for years, but Jermaine told the BBC that the outing kept getting derailed, most recently by Michael's child abuse trial in 2005. "There's been so much going on, getting over all the hurdles that we all were faced with during Michael's trial," Jermaine said during his interview with the station's "The Music Week" program.
"But we are stronger than ever. I'm gonna say thank you, thank you, thank you so much to all the fans and the supporters of my family all over Europe, all over the U.K. especially, who came out to show their love and their support."
The Jackson 5 featured the five eldest Jackson sons: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael. Beginning in the late 1960s and through the mid-'70s, they scored a series of huge hits for Motown, including "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There," mostly propelled by preternaturally talented pre-teen Michael's thrilling falsetto vocals and stunning dance moves. The group later added brother Randy to the mix and was renamed the Jacksons.
Michael Jackson's spokesperson, Raymone Bain, could not be reached for comment at press time. Michael has reportedly been at work on his next solo album for more than a year, working with artists ranging from Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas to DJ Whoo Kid, Akon and Chris Brown.