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'They Would Not Let Them Inside': Michael's Brother Jackie Claims Their Father Intervened After A Hotel Banned Aboriginal Fans From Meeting The Jackson 5 During Their Australian Tour In The 1970's. 10-10-'18

Jackie JacksonMore than 30 years ago, The Jackson 5 performed to over two million Australian fans as the first black musicians to tour the country nationally.

But while the band, including the late Michael Jackson, received a warm welcome Down Under, founding member Jackie Jackson has recalled a rather confronting incident from the group's visit to Sydney in July 1973.

The 67-year-old told Daily Mail Australia that his late father Joseph Jackson, who was also the band's manager, stood up for Aboriginal fans who were allegedly banned from interacting with the group during their stay.

The Jackson 5, now known as the Jacksons, are an American family band. Formed in 1964, the founding members were elder brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine; younger brothers Marlon and Michael joined soon after.

While staying at a hotel in Sydney during their Australian tour, Jackie claimed that the establishment banned Aboriginal fans from meeting the group.

Other fans were apparently allowed entry, however.

He told Daily Mail Australia it was his father Joseph's bold ultimatum that convinced the hotel to reconsider its supposed policy.

Jackie recalled: 'There was a lot of people and a lot of Aboriginal people outside of the hotel and the hotel would not let them inside. My father at the time – he's passed away now -said if they didn't let them inside there'd be no Jackson concert.

'I remember it being like pandemonium. They wanted to see us too and the hotel wouldn't let them in, but my father said, "If you don't let these Aboriginal kids in, the Jacksons are not going on stage".'

'So they let them inside, I remember the whole thing,' he concluded.

As the group returns in 2019 for a national tour, Jackie insisted 'Australia has always been very supportive of the group' over the years and is looking forward to arriving.

The Australian tour, the group's first in five years, will also coincide with the Jacksons' appearance alongside The Village People, Pointer Sisters, Sister Sledge, and Kool & The Gang at The Sydney Summer Series festival in January 2019.

Reflecting on his late brother Michael, who died in 2009 of a cardiac arrest, Jackie said the band continues to pay tribute to him on stage at every concert.

'We sing some of his songs and there's a lot of ballads that we sing. The audience usually cries when they see the pictures go up on the big stage monitor,' he said.

'We're just trying to keep the legacy going. That's what he would want us to do. We're happy to keep his name in the spotlight because he was a special person and people loved him around the world.

'It's a really exciting moment that we get to pay tribute to our brother on stage... any given moment we knew exactly where he would be on the stage – he was always giving 110 per cent.'

Michael was involved in the original Jackson 5 up until 1983 when he began to focus on his successful career as a solo artist.

When Jackie admitted to being protective of his younger brothers while the band toured as a five-piece in the 70's and 80's, he said his siblings were always well behaved as they travelled the world.

'They never got in trouble. They just wanted to be the best they could be on stage, record records and make people happy,' he said.

Jackie added that, unlike many pop stars of today, the band never partied after their performances.

'We were too young to go to nightclubs, so we would end the show, go to the hotel, talk a little bit about the concert, and then we'd go to bed, because it was a business,' he explained.

The Jacksons Tour Dates:
Saturday 12 January - the Domain, Sydney
Sunday 13 January - Sandstone Point Hotel, Brisbane
Tuesday 15 January - Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast
Wednesday 16 January - Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Melbourne
Friday 18 January - AEC, Adelaide
Saturday 19 January - Sandalford Winery, Perth

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean

Michael JacksonNew Music Coming From King Of Pop?!? 07-10-'18

Michael Jackson fans could soon be moonwalking to a whole lotta new songs ... 'cause the late singer's estate is looking to slap a fresh logo over tons of merchandise, and it could be the prequel to a possible release of new tunes!!!

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Michael's merchandise firm, Triumph International, recently filed paperwork to lock up the rights to a newly designed logo -- an interlocking MJ with a crown on top -- so they can splash it over phone accessories, merchandise, CD cases and ... music recordings!

It's got us thinking ... is the King Of Pop's estate preparing to open MJ's music vault? Because that would be so, so awesome!

MJ's 60th birthday just passed and we know he's got loads of unreleased songs ... so, 60th anniversary release anyone?

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean

Will Vinton Dies At 70. 05-10-'18

Will Vinton, well known to the fans for creating Michael Raisin from the California Raisins, creator of 'Speed Demon' characters including Spike, has passed away yesterday (October 4) at the age of 70. Also the father of Claymation, Will won an Oscar and several Emmy Awards for his work throughout the years.

Will was hired by the Disney Studio to produce animation effects for Michael Jackson’s 'Captain EO' in 1986 and got to do 'Speed Demon' for 'Moonwalker' in 1988.

Will Vinton
Will Vinton was an American animator and filmmaker. He won an Oscar for his work and several Emmy Awards and Clio Awards for his studio's work.

Here the very emotional statement from his family:

“This morning our father, Will Vinton, passed away surrounded by love from his family. Will had endured a 12 year battle with Multiple Myeloma, although you never would have known of this fight. For the vast majority of that time he continued forward in his life with strength, positivity, and humor, enjoying tropical get-aways, shepherding new creative ventures, and caring for his two sons, daughter and wife. Will was the strongest man we have ever known, both in his work ethic and his mental resolve. He always said, “Do good work and everything else will follow,” and he never gave up on the things that were important to him. He saw the world as an imaginative playground full of fantasy, joy, and character. He instilled in us the greatest values of creativity, strength, and pride in ones own work. He created stories and characters filled with laughter, music, and powerful lessons that are globally beloved. He brightened any room with his signature mustache, and he continued to make jokes and laugh until the very end. His work will live on in animation history and will continue to inspire creative thinkers and makers.

We grieve heavily as our dad leaves a hole in our lives that will be impossible to fill. His wishes were for us to continue the projects he had started; we will try our best to do so. We will honor him in our own work and strive to always embody his lessons. We ask that his passing be a celebration of his life and work. He wouldn’t want us to be sad or discouraged, but rather to celebrate the wonder and beauty of life in his name. We ask for support and understanding for our family during this time. Please leave a comment if there’s something you would like to share about our father.

We love you Dad – Billy, Jesse & Alex

A celebration of our fathers life will take place at No Vacancy Lounge from 3:00 on Sunday October 21st.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson: The Legend Book Cover'Michael Jackson: The Legend' Book Will Be Released. 05-10-'18

A brand new book called 'Michael Jackson: The Legend' will be released in France on October 25.

The book of 208 pages will recall Michael Jackson’s career through the music, the tours and the videos. Author Thomas Macri, artist and professional French dancer share his love for Michael Jackson and his art.

The book has forewords from Arno Bani, photographer known for the unreleased photos of Michael Jackson and Travis Payne, Michael Jackson choreographer and dancer.

The book is in French and will be also present at the "Michael Jackson: On The Wall" exhibition in Paris.

Publisher: La Martinière
Author: Thomas Macri
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-2732486802
Printed: France
Guide price: 30 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / La Martinière / Billie Jean

Julien's AuctionsAuction: More Michael Jackson Items Going At Julien’s Auctions. 05-10-'18

More Michael Jackson items are set to be auctioned in November in New York through Julien’s Auctions.

The items will be also displayed at the Hard Rock Cafe New York from November 5 to 9 followed by a live auction of the items.

Also for grab, Jennifer Batten Bad tour Guitar strap, Michael Jackson 'Thriller' album Platinum presentation frame, photo signed by Michael Jackson & Liz Taylor, RIAA Multi-Platinum Award for 'Dangerous', a stage glove, a drawing of Michael Jackson from Peter Max who created the cover of 'Victory' album and also Michael Jackson Bad tour jacket.

But also some other personal items like this chair commissioned for Michael’s stay in England during 'This Is It' concerts.

Source: MJ Vibe / Julien's Auctions / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson: All The Songs Book Cover

'Michael Jackson: All The Songs' Book Is Released. 04-10-'18

This is the full story of every single song that Michael Jackson recorded and released during his long and remarkable solo career. The book is released by publisher Cassell.

With fascinating stories and detailed information on every track - as well as key early songs with The Jackson Five and his legendary dance moves and videos - 'All The Songs' is the complete history of one of the greatest musical legacies of all time.

Arranged chronologically by album, expert authors Lecocq and Allard explore the details behind early hits such as 'ABC' and 'I Want You Back', to solo masterpieces such as 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It', 'Smooth Criminal', 'Black Or White', 'This Is It' and more - including outtakes, duets and rare tracks.

Explore the magic behind the King of Pop's music with this in-depth, captivating book.

Publisher: Cassell
Author: François Allard & Richard Lecocq
Pages: 608
ISBN: 978-1788400572
Printed: ?
Guide price: 53 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

The Ultimate Collector Book Volume III: Bad Cover'The Ultimate Collector Book Volume III: Bad' Is Released. 03-10-'18

Sixteen 11 Media Group released 'The Ultimate Collector Book: Volume III – 'Bad' from 1987 to 1990 exclusively to sixteen11.com.

Released ahead of the Diamond Celebration of music legend Michael Jackson, the fourth instalment in the series focuses on the 'Bad' era, which is not only a fan favourite, but marks a unique turning point in Jackson’s career with regards to musical formats, product releases and Brand Michael Jackson.

Following on from the previous success of the 'Dangerous', 'HIStory' and 'Invincible' volumes, Volume III forms one of the biggest volumes in the series, offering collectors the most comprehensive compiling of 'Bad' era merchandise from 7” to CD Single, T-shirts to promo displays, every effort has been made by collectors Sebastian Mille & Fabrice Ancellet to ensure this volume includes as much as possible.

As a bonus, this volume also includes collectibles from Jackson’s 4D adventure with Disney, 'Captain EO' – Thanks in part to the inclusion of 'Another Part Of Me', which later ended up on the 'Bad' album.

The A4 paperback features over 650 pages of collectable's from the late 80s time period. Weighing almost 3kg, the book comes with full colour images, split in to specific chapters to allow for easy searching through the only catalogue of its kind for the era. Tick boxes and a full tabled index give collectors the opportunity to continue to grow their collections whilst marking of the items which they already possess. The much- enjoyed point’s system returns again, offering points for each unique item with the aim of revealing the type of collector the reader is.

Vocal Director and Backing Vocalist Dorian Holley who featured on Jackson’s Bad Tour as well as 'Dangerous', 'HIStory' and 'This Is It' offers a beautiful poem which forms the foreword for this volume. Author of ‘Off The Wall: From the Beginning, Brick by Brick’ and Iconic Magazine editor Pez Jax also returns to provide this volume’s historical introduction.

Published by independent media company, Sixteen11 ‘The Ultimate Collector Book Series’ will expand across seven volumes from the legendary 'Off The Wall' up to the present day; sharing collectable's from around the world with Jackson’s most hard-core and first time collectors.

Publisher: Sixteen 11 Media
Author: Sebastian Mille & Fabrice Ancellet
Pages: 650
Printed: ?
Guide price: 35,23 €

Order the book here at Sixteen11.

Source: Sixteen11 / Billie Jean

Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson Book CoverHumanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson Book Is Released. 01-10-'18

The book 'Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson' is released on october 1st, 2018 by publisher Independently published.

"Humanitarian” delves into Michael Jackson’s charity involvement over the course of his career.

It includes a diary of Michael Jackson's visits to orphanages & children’s hospitals around the world, charity appearances and documents his body of work that was never celebrated or publicised by the mass media & is just as big, if not more-so than his musical career.

Publisher: Independently published
Author: Paul Dwyer
Pages: 103
ISBN: 978-1724197948
Printed: ?
Guide price: 50 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean

Michael Jackson Pleaded With Hollywood Bosses To Let Him Play James Bond. 01-10-'18

Michael JacksonMichael tried to convince movie bosses that he was the perfect candidate to play 007 at the peak of his fame in the 1980's, according to super-agent Michael Ovitz.

In his tell-all memoir, Ovitz explains: ''We took a meeting at Michael's house. He told us he wanted to be the star of an action movie.''

Ovitz's business partner Ron Meyer struggled to keep a straight face upon hearing the singer's suggestion.

And the situation became even more surreal when Michael's hat fell in a dish of guacamole.

Ovitz recalled: ''He picked it out and put it back on - with a blob of guacamole attached, which began to slide down the brim.

''We all watched as it slid lower and lower while Michael was pitching us hard on how he was America's next action hero.

''Then the blob fell off, and Ron totally lost it. I cracked up, too, and Michael stalked out. I found him and explained for 15 minutes that we hadn't been laughing at him.

''Finally, Michael's face cleared. 'OK, Ovitz. OK,' he said. 'But I want to play James Bond.' I am proud to report I didn't laugh, this time.''

Ultimately, Ovitz had to tell the chart-topping pop star that he wasn't suited to the role, which is one of the most coveted in the movie business.

He explained to Michael that he wasn't the right build for the character and that he was also ''too sensitive'' for the part of Bond.

Ovitz told him: ''You're thinly built, you're too sensitive, you won't be credible as a brutal block of stone.''

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean

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