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Sunday 25 February 2018

Michael Jackson remembered on third anniversary

Michael Jackson, one of the most popular recording artists of all time.Photo: AP
Michael Jackson, one of the most popular recording artists of all time.Photo: AP

MICHAEL Jackson, who died three years ago today, will be remembered in a series of concerts this week as Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson continue their return to the stage as The Jacksons.

Jackson, dubbed The King Of Pop, is recognised as the most successful pop singer in the history of music and he died on June 25, 2009, of propofol intoxication after suffering a respiratory arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighbourhood in Los Angeles.

Jermaine said the brothers have wanted to reunite on their own for years, but after Michael's passing, they needed time to heal - and the tour is another step. They will play in The Fox Theatre Detroit today and the New York Apollo later this week.

Jermaine said the group plans to pay tribute to Michael during their shows with a medley that will conclude with the tune "Gone Too Soon."

When they sang with brother Michael they were simply known as the Jackson 5.

"The brothers don't know this, but I've broken down several times and cried during rehearsals," said Jermaine during a recent rehearsal break on a soundstage in Burbank, California. "I'm so used to Michael being on the right and then Marlon, Jackie, on and on. It's just something we never get used to."

Marlon said: "For me, this cycle that comes around every year — this day, that day — that doesn't affect me because it affects me every day. When that day comes around, it's the same. You learn to live with it. I still wake up sometimes and go, 'Jeez. I can't believe my brother's not here.'"

The Jacksons' tour is scheduled to end July 29 at the Snoqualmie Casino Amphitheater in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Meanwhile, on 3rd July a collection of Jackson's costumes and memorabilia will go on sale at Bonhams entertainment memorabilia auction in London. One of his black Savile Row jackets is valued at up to £12,000 and another jacket, a red, single-breasted outfit with black/gold and diamante buttons and a blue arm band, is also expected to raise £12,000.

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