Blame it on the boogie

THE JACKSON name isn’t quite what it used to be.

Once clearly the most powerful brand in pop, the name has deteriorated thanks to years of in-fighting, declining quality of music and varying degrees of oddness.

However, some of the famous siblings are hoping to piece together the family’s reputation with what brought them fame and fortune in the first place — music.

Back on tour together for the first time in nearly three decades, multiplatinum icons The Jacksons will perform across the UK this month, following success on their tour of the USA.

This will mark the first time siblings Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson have toured together overseas since their groundbreaking Victory Tourin 1984.

The Jacksons first achieved international superstardom with their late brother Michael — becoming the first group ever to have their first four singles hit number one on the billboard charts — and they will pay tribute to MJ, singing several of his biggest hits.

Throughout their four-decade career, the group revolutionized music and pop culture, getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

The Unity Tour 2012 will be yet another milestone for the Jacksons, bringing the most famous family in music back together for a historic series of shows.

Jackie said: “This is a dream coming true. I can’t believe this is finally happening. There’s nothing like having all the brothers on stage at the same time. This will be exciting for our fans around the world — and I know at each concert, MJ’s spirit will be in the house with us.”

Jermaine added: “I am so happy and excited to perform again onstage with my brothers.

“I can’t wait to sing all the songs that were so much a part of all of our lives.”

A dynasty unlike any other, the Jackson family’s impossibly catchy brand of pop-funk changed music forever. With their record-shattering catalogue of hits, they remain the biggest-selling family in music of all time.

n The Jacksons perform at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium on February 28. Tickets are available from, priced £35-£50.

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