Michael Jackson to reunite with Jackson 5
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Michael Jackson is to appear in a reunion concert with the Jackson 5, the first time the brothers will have performed together since the 1980s, the show's producer has said.
The show at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 7, designed to mark the star's 30 years as a solo artist, also marks the first time in 15 years that he has performed live in the United States, producer David Gest said in a statement.
Jackson, who will debut a new single on Epic Records, will reunite with his brothers Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Randy, Gest said. They plan to perform a medley of their Motown and Epic Records hits as well as sing a Jackson 5 classic with pop group 'N Sync, he said.
Jackson also plans to perform duets with pop stars Whitney Houston and Britney Spears, he said.
Also appearing will be Latin singer Marc Anthony and a number of stars who plan to sing a special tribute to Jackson, he said.
"It was 30 years ago this September that Michael released his first solo record on Motown, 'Got To Be There,'" Gest said.
Jackson's 1982 "Thriller" album, with sales of more than 46 million copies, is the best selling album ever by a solo artist.
Jackson last toured with his brothers after their hit performance on NBC's "25 Years of Motown" television special in 1983, in which he performed what came to be his trademark dance step, the Moonwalk.
Jackson, now 42, started performing with his brothers as the Jackson 5 in 1964. Among the group's biggest hits were "I Want You Back" and "I'll Be There" in 1970 and "Never Can Say Goodbye" in 1971.
Jackson has won 12 Grammy Awards and also a Grammy Living Legend Award in 1993.
Tickets go on sale the first week in June, and the event also will be filmed as a two-hour television special.
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