Jackson Five to reunite, Jermaine says
Singer says group could begin touring as soon as next year
MSNBC News Services
updated 9:56 a.m. ET, Tues., Nov. 27, 2007
The Jackson Five are planning to tour again for the first time since 1984, Jermaine Jackson told BBC Radio on Monday.

Jermaine, who appeared in the British version of “Celebrity Big Brother” this year, said he and his brothers, including Michael, could hit the road as soon as next year and that concert dates have been discussed.

“We feel we have to do it one more time. We owe that to the fans and to the public,” Jermaine said in the BBC interview.

The group, which included Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael, and later younger brother Randy, stopped touring in the ’80s when Michael and little sister Janet became superstars in their own right. The Jackson Five officially disbanded in 1990.

Since reaching mega-star status, Michael has encounter legal and financial problems. He was acquitted of child molestation charges two years ago. Jermaine told the BBC that Michael's legal problems had delayed reunion plans.

“There's been so much going on, getting over all the hurdles that we all were faced with during Michael's trial,” Jermaine said. “But we are stronger than ever.” He also said he and his brothers were “in the studio at the moment.”