Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson got a warm reception Friday June 15th in the hometown of Motown Records and were given the ceremonial keys to the city by Detroit police Chief James Craig. The celebration was initially supposed to have included the renaming of a street after their more famous brother, Michael, but the plan was abandoned after it emerged that the brothers had thought the street would be named after The Jackson 5. A Detroit ordinance prohibits streets from being ceremonially renamed after groups or organizations. The remaining members of The Jackson 5 performed Saturday at a free concert in the city.
Fifty years after The Jackson 5 signed with Motown and came to Detroit for the first time -- famously performing for the label's roster around Berry Gordy's home swimming pool -- the city will honor the group with a street named after it. Well, one of its members, at least -- and possibly more.
Michael Jackson Ave. was announced Thursday for a block in Detroit's downtown, with an unveiling to take place during the second annual Detroit Music Weekend June 14-17. The surviving Jackson 5 brothers -- Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon -- will headline the festival and receive a key to the city. But Jackie and Marlon, on hand for the Thursday announcement, were surprised that the street was being named just for their late younger brother and indicated there might be a change.
Marlon told Billboard that the street was "supposed to be" named for the entire group and added that "I think it is going to be that. There was a mistake." A Detroit city ordinance requires any honorary street naming to be for an individual only, but sources said that talks were underway to allow for an exception to that. Festival founder and producer Vince Paul explained, "I'd like to do the other four brothers individually. It seemed appropriate to start with Michael because of his premature passing, so that's the first one we'll start with. But if I had my druthers there'll be [streets named for] Tito, Jackie, Marlon. That's where I'm going with it."
Aretha Franklin was the recipient of a street naming before last year's Detroit Music Weekend. Altering the ordinance will also allow the festival to name streets for other legendary Detroit acts, such as The Temptations, Four Tops and Supremes without controversy.
The two Jacksons were nonetheless happy to be returning to Detroit for the festival, especially during the anniversary year of their arrival at Motown. "We should have a music festival here," Jackie said. "This is the music city. This is where the music comes from. Everybody talks about the Motown sound all over the world, so we should have a music festival here." Marlon added, "We're looking forward to it. Music is universal. It all accomplishes the same thing -- unity, happiness, love, peace. That's what music is about and that's what Detroit is about, too."
In addition to the Jacksons' free public performance on June 16, a tribute concert to the group will take place the night before, with former Jacksons and Michael Jackson keyboardist Greg Phillinganes co-directing the band with Kern Brantley.
Detroit Music Weekend will also feature more than 500 performers on five stages during the Saturday program, including former Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, Emmy-winning actor and recording artist Jeff Daniels and his son Ben Daniels' Band, and the Craig Brown Band. Full information is available at DetroitMusicWeekend.org.
While in Switzerland recently, Coopzeitung caught up with Jermaine Jackson and published their interview (in German) this week. Read it at http://www.coopzeitung.ch/jermainejackson.
Photo: Philipp Zinniker
Fifty years on, Jermaine Jackson is still making music, but as he told CNNMoney Switzerland's Ana Maria Montero, it's just as important for him to share his vast experience with younger generations of singers. Aside from mentoring his own children, he recently took part in Kids Voice Switzerland as a jury member and performer. Watch the interview!
Jermaine Jackson is among the jury members and performers of the Finale of Kids Voice in which 8 finalists of season 4 will sing alongside the jury members. Besides Jermaine, the other jury members are Patrick Fiori, Christophe Willem, Michael Jones and Damian Lynn! The show is oon Saturday 28 April 2018 at the Rosey Concert Hall in Rolle, Switzerland. Tickets are available at Ticketcorner.
Watch Jermaine Jackson's interview on Rap 77 on with Júnior Coimbra (CEO of Eagle North America Corp., Jogo das Estrelas & Rap77 Podcast, son of soccer legend Zico & Ambassador of the Adventure of Humanity Project in Brazil). Jermaine talks about his efforts as a humanitarian, sports, his brother Michael and about the show he performed in São Paulo in the 1970s.
While everyone is anxiously waiting for Jaafar Jackson to release music, he's working hard in the studio and he decided to share a snippet of just his vocals of a song he's been working on. Brace yourself!
Hear what Jermaine Jackson has to say about what he misses about the Jackson 5 days, about what changed in his life when he embraced Islam, about being close to his family members, about Jackson tributes being made all over world, about nowadays music and the music from the past, about Michael performing the best Superbowl half-time show ever and about Bruno Mars not being the next Michael Jackson. Audio taken from the live on air interview Jermaine Jackson did with W radio Colombia on 5 February 2018 that aired in Spain, the United States and Latin-America. Audio is courtesy of W radio Colombia.
Listen to the original interview on W Radio with Spanish translations:
Jermaine Jackson was in Madrid, Spain to lend his support for the Jackson tribute show FOREVER, attending a press conference with the producers and cast of the show on 17 January and attending the premiere of the show at Nuevo Apolo theatre. In the press interviews Jermaine Jackson spoke about:
- the gift and talent of his brother Michael, besides Michael being the greatest artist of all times, he was a great humanitarian,
- about Michael's infinite musical heritage,
- more people involved int he death of Michael,
- Michael leaving somehting on his son Jaafar (when asked who can impersonate Michael the best),
- Jermaine also said that his family loves Bruno Mars, however there is only one Michael Jackson and he is irreplaceable and unmatched,
- Jermaine also addressed president Donald Trump calling him a racist and he said that in The United States democracy is preached however not practised.
Jermaine Jackson did a phoner interview with the Swiss Michael Jackson Community ahead of his performance with the Michael Jackson Symphony Experience in Zurich on March 16th. Read the interview at Jackson.ch (and use Google translate for an English version). Jermaine talks about current projects, performing with orchestras, performing with his brothers, performing with his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty and more.
Jackson Magazine 2017 edition features an exclusive interview with Jermaine Jackson (as well as Jaafar Jackson) and offers a full retrospect of the year 2017 covering all the news, highlights and events of the first and next generation of the Jacksons and Next Generation in articles, interviews, photos, categories and exclusive contributions from Jackson Family members. Jackson Magazine is a full color annual Jackson Source print on demand publication and offered for private use. The publication is not intended for commercial gain or use and no profits are being made. Jermaine talks about spending time in Europe, The Jacksons Summer Tour, businesses, his mother, being a grandfather, performing with orchestras, Jaafr's debut and more. Order your copy of Jackson Magazine 2017 edition at Peecho.
On May 24th, 2017 Jermaine performed at World Peace Night at Villa Oxygène in Cannes, France to lend his support to Adventure of Humanity which is a non profit project started by Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela in 1999 that is nowadays organized by Richard Nilsson. Jermaine continued his support to the project with a performance in front of a 47,000 people audience at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 27th where he sang a a Jackson 5 Medley, "I'll Be There" and "Gone Too Soon" at the start of the charity football game “Jogo das Estrelas” hosted by Zico. The day before performing, Jermaine visited a Ronald McDonald in Rio de Janeiro to donate presents to children. A Ronald McDonald House offers rooms to families that travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Jermaine Jackson talked to the kids and delivered each of them, toys and food. The afternoon at Casa Ronald reminded him of his childhood with his brothers. Jermaine stated that putting a smile on children is his mission and that music also provides happiness.
Performance at Maracanã stadium Jogo das Estrelas 27 December 2017
Visit Casa Ronald McDonald Rio de Janeiro - 26 December 2017
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