Michael Jackson's upcoming Madison Square Garden Concerts Sept. 7 and 10 (with a possible third show being added) might not turn out to be the planned Jackson 5 reunion as promoted. Jermaine Jackson has reportedly balked at the invitation for the show being billed as "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Solo Years."
"I am sorry Jermaine has chosen not to participate in this event," says World Events I.I.C. President David Guest, the show's organizer. "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. They look forward to joining more than 250 stars flying in from all around the world to take part in these festivities. They are all very excited to see Michael perform live again. Michael will make his first U.S. solo appearance on a mainland stage in 11 years. I only wish Jermaine the best on his solo career and hope he finally gets the attention he so justly deserves."
Jermaine and brother Randy issued a statement which read: "We are very honored to be apart of this much-deserved celebration of our brother, Michael Jackson. As of today, we have not formally signed a contract to participate in the concerts and dinner celebrations for a number of reasons. The exorbitant prices being charged by the promoters for tickets will prevent some of our most loyal and true fans from attending.
"Let it be known too that despite the $1,200 fee we have each been offered to participate, we wish to go on record stating that we would do the shows absolutely free for the legion of Jackson fans who have patiently anticipated a reunion since the 1984 Victory Tour. Further, it is almost embarrassing that no charities have been named to benefit from this most momentous [occasion]."
However, in a rebuttal to Guest, Jermaine Jackson's manager, Danny O'Donovan, told the AP that Jermaine had not dropped out, that his client just wanted to make sure early supporters of The Jackson 5 would be invited.
"There is no split, no division between the brothers," O'Donovan said. "Michael is doing his anniversary special, and the brothers are all going to do it, and I am hopeful as a manager that they are all going to be there."
Tickets are priced at $2,500; $1,500; $800; $500; $350; $230; $225; $95; $45.